Sept. 21, 2012
Las Vegas, Nev. - Senior Anna Jeczmionka and Karolina Rozenberg led the 49ers in the first day at the UNLV Invitational, each advancing to the semifinals of the third flight of singles with victories on Saturday.
In the first day of collegiate competition ever for nearly half of the 49er roster, Long Beach State faced tough opponents at the UNLV Invitational, but found bright spots to focus on as the season began. In the top flight, Eva Rodriguez faced the top-ranked opponent of the day, No. 105 Rashmi Teltumbde of Texas Tech, and rallied from a 6-0 first set loss in a 6-4 second set. Klaudia Malenovska also lost in the first flight, falling 6-2, 6-2 to Pleun Burgmans of Auburn.
Long Beach State also suffered two losses in the second flight of competition, as both Ebba Unden and Sarah Cantlay lost three-set battles. The 49ers had more success in the third flight, as Jeczmionka defeated Mariya Krachok of South Alabama 6-4, 6-4, while Rozenberg topped UNLV's Alexis Garrett 6-3, 6-3.
Anne-Sophie Willems rounded out the 49ers singles play, falling 6-0, 7-5 to Ella Bourchier of UNLV in a match played outside of the Main Draw. Willems will play Anett Bako of UNLV in the flight four semifinals on Saturday.
In doubles, Cantlay and Rodriguez lost to No. 26 Nives Pavlovic and Aleksandra Josifoska of UNLV, the top seed of the tournament, 8-4. Klaudia Malenovska and Ebba Unden advanced to the doubles semifinals, however, defeating NAU's Hannah Stone and Johanna Vang in a thrilling 9-8 victory that saw the 49ers erase a 6-2 deficit in the match. Rozenberg and Willems lost the other match of the day, falling 8-2 to Auburn's Cardenas Conti and Schippers.
Players knocked out of the main draws will continue to play matches throughout the weekend, while the four matches in the semifinals for LBSU will be held tomorrow. With wins in those matches, the finals will be held on Sunday.
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