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Long Beach State Beats No. 46 Denver, 5-2

March 26, 2017


LONG BEACH, Calif. - Playing its second ranked opponent of the week, Long Beach State (12-3) earned a 5-2 victory over No. 46 Denver (8-6) on Sunday at Rhodes Tennis Center. It’s the first ranked win of the season for the 49ers, who improved to 8-1 at home this season with one more match remaining on their current six-match homestand.

"It was a great win today for the team against a strong ranked team," said Long Beach State head coach Jenny Hilt-Costello of Sunday's victory.

The Beach started the day by claiming the doubles point, thanks to wins at No. 2 and No. 3. Denver has the No. 13 ranked doubles team in the country, and that tandem of Julia O’Loughlin and Maureen Slattery claimed a 6-2 win at No. 1. But the Beach got a 6-2 win at No. 2 thanks to Laura Eales and Lena Pacholski and a 6-4 win at No. 3 from the freshmen pair of Maren Helgo and Natalia Munoz.

In singles play, Helgo and Munoz worked quickly to earn straight-set wins. Helgo was a 6-0, 6-4 winner at the No. 4 spot in the lineup and Munoz picked up a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 5. Lena Pacholski moved up to the No. 3 spot in the order for the first time and picked up a 6-2, 7-5 victory.

Perhaps the most impressive win for the Beach went to senior Julie Gerard at No. 2 singles. Gerard battled with nationally ranked Maureen Slattery, who checks in at No. 116 in the singles rankings. Each set was very close, and with LBSU already clinching a win, the third set went to a 10-point tiebreaker. It was Gerard who eventually came out on top with a 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-5 victory.



LBSU stays home to take on Brown on Thursday at 2 p.m., then will head up to Malibu to take on No. 14 Pepperdine on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

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