Long Beach State Drops 4-3 Decision to No. 39 Dartmouth
LBSU played a tough match against its first ranked opponent of the season, but couldn’t quite pull out a win.
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Playing its first ranked opponent of the season, Beach Tennis went toe-to-toe with No. 39 Dartmouth before suffering a narrow 4-3 loss on Thursday afternoon at Rhodes Tennis Center. Long Beach State falls to 11-3 with the loss, ending a six-match winning streak for the Beach. Dartmouth improves to 12-1 while picking up its first ever win over the 49ers, now at 1-5 in the all-time series.
Long Beach claimed a win at No. 3 doubles as the freshmen tandem of Maren Helgo and Natalia Munoz earned a 6-3 victory, but the Big Green were able to take the early lead with wins in the other two doubles matches.
In singles, Maeva Razakasoa took care of business at the top of the lineup with a quick 6-3, 6-0 win over Taylor Ng. Munoz then won her second match of the afternoon at the No. 5 spot, earning a 6-2, 6-3 decision. Lena Pacholski’s 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 4 got the Beach one point away from the win, which boiled down to the match at No. 2.
Senior Julie Gerard bounced back from a close tiebreaker loss in the first set to win the second 6-3 and push the match to three sets. Gerard battled against Jacqueline Crawford, but the decision eventually went to Dartmouth as the Big Green took the final set, 6-2, to survive on the road.
Long Beach State will be back in action on Sunday at 11 a.m., hosting No. 46 Denver at Rhodes Tennis Center.
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