April 12, 2014
LONG BEACH -
The 53rd-ranked Long Beach State women’s tennis team remained cool under pressure to take down conference rival No. 57 UC Irvine, 5-2 Saturday at the Rhodes Tennis Center.
The victory gives the 49ers (16-2, 7-0 Big West) sole first place in the Big West as they moved to 7-0 and grants them at least a share of the conference regular season title with one conference match remaining next weekend at UC Riverside.
The match began in dramatic fashion in doubles as it came down to a tiebreaker at the No. 3 spot. The Anteaters (14-6, 6-1 Big West) were able to take an 8-1 win at the No. 1 spot, while Maeva Razakasoa and Hayley Thompson similarly picked up an 8-2 win at the No. 2 spot.
The No. 3 match between LBSU’s Karolina Rozenberg/Holly Reid and UCI’s Kat Facey/Sarah Stadfelt featured a back and forth battle throughout its entirety. Rozenberg and Reid held the 7-6 lead and were serving for match when Facey and Stadfelt fought back to tie it up at 7-all and force the tiebreak. There, the 49ers jumped out to a 5-2 lead before the ‘Eaters rallied off three straight points to tie it up at 5-all. The back and forth play continued until it was LBSU who won two points in a row to win the breaker 9-7 and the match.
With the first point of the match secured in its favor, LBSU didn’t let up going into singles play as all six singles first sets went to the 49ers. The second point of the match was clinched when Karolina Rozenberg downed Ali Facey 6-3, 6-3 and Hayley Thompson put Beach Tennis up 3-0 minutes later as she won 6-2, 6-3 over Kat Facey. Ebba Unden then sealed the victory for LBSU with her 6-3, 6-2 win over Marivick Mamiit.
The remaining three singles matches all went into extra play as the Anteaters picked up their first point of the day at the No. 1 spot when Sarah Gong prevailed over Maeva Razakasoa in a super tiebreaker. Franziska Goettsching then scored the other point for UCI as she also won in a super tiebreak over Julie Gerard at the No. 3 spot. The final match went to LBSU as Holly Reid rallied back to defeat Sarah Stadfelt 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 at the No. 6 spot.
“It was a good win today,” head coach Jenny Hilt-Costello said. “I’m proud of the way the girls fought and remained focused throughout their matches.”
Today’s win marked the final home match for the 49ers this season as Beach Tennis improved to 12-1 when competing within the Rhodes Tennis Center. LBSU will close out the season next Friday at UC Riverside at 1 p.m. and then travel to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden the following weekend for the Big West tournament.
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