March 15, 2014
LONG BEACH -
The 53rd-ranked Long Beach State women’s tennis team put forth a valiant effort against No. 41 Pepperdine Saturday, but came up short as the 49ers fell 6-1 at the Rhodes Tennis Center.
The Waves (6-4) were able to jump ahead early as they clinched the doubles points behind wins at the No. 1 and 2 spots. The match between Laura Eales/Holly Reid and Michaela Capannolo/Pattaraporn Salirathavibhaga was suspended at 5-all since the point was already clinched.
Pepperdine then went up 2-0 as No. 19 Lorraine Guillermo fought off Ebba Unden to win 7-5, 6-1. Holly Reid then cut it to a 1 point match for LBSU (9-2) as she won 6-3, 6-3 over Apichaya Runglerkriangkrai at the No. 6 spot. Unfortunately that would be the only point awarded in the 49ers’ favor as several close matches went Pepperdine’s way.
“It was a tough, hard fought match today that was much closer than the final score,” head coach Jenny Hilt-Costello said. “In singles, we were 5-5 or better in five of six first sets, but unfortunately we didn’t take advantage of that opportunity and a very good Pepperdine team did.”
Two of the remaining matches went to a deciding third set. At the No. 3 spot, Julie Gerard dropped the first set to Ale Granillo 7-5, but rebounded to win convincingly in the second set 6-1. However, Granillo ended up prevailing as she took the third set 6-2. Similarly, Maeva Razakasoa dropped her first set to Matea Cultura 6-0, but came back to take the second set 6-1. She then ran out of gas in the third set, falling 6-2. It was the first loss for Razakasoa so far this season as she moves to 11-1 in dual match play.
The loss was the first at home this season for Beach Tennis as it is now 7-1 when playing within the confines of the Rhodes Tennis Center. The 49ers will look to regroup before facing a tough stretch of three matches in four days next week. Wyoming visits first on Wednesday, followed by Dartmouth on Thursday. LBSU will then close out the week with a visit from No. 40 Harvard on Saturday.
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