May 23, 2012
Athens, Ga. - Senior Anais Dallara finished up an outstanding career by pushing No. 24 Mary Anne Macfarlane to three sets in the first round of the NCAA Individual Singles Championship, but ultimately lost 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to end a great season for Dallara and for Long Beach State.
The 2012 Big West Player of the Year, Dallara was the fourth 49er to ever earn that honor, and the third to be invited to the NCAA championships, following Jing Chen and Hannah Grady.
Falling behind 4-0 in the first set and eventually losing 6-1, No. 102 Dallara rebounded with a tremendous second set, winning the first game, and after a break by Macfarlane at 3-2, rallied to win the second set 6-4 and forced a third set. After Dallara won the first two games in the third set, an adjustment by Macfarlane allowed the Alabama star to recover and avoid the upset with a 6-3 win in the third set.
With the conclusion of the season, Dallara's 30-12 2012 singles record stands alone as the most wins for any 49er in a single campaign, adding to a long list of records the senior will leave holding. Playing at No. 1 singles for the 49ers over the last two years, Dallara led the 49ers to back-to-back Big West championships, and captured three over four seasons with Long Beach State. She was a four-time All-Big West selection, earning first-team honors three times.
Additionally, Dallara will graduate as Long Beach State's all-time career wins leader with 189 combined wins and 98 singles wins, passing Deborah Armstrong in combined wins and Grady in singles victories at Long Beach State. Her 91 total doubles wins is tied with Deborah Armstrong for the most in school history as well.
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