Jan. 15, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. -
No. 39 Long Beach State kicks off the second half of the season this weekend, hosting the Beach Tennis Winter Invitational from Friday to Sunday at the Rhodes Tennis Center. Matches on all three days will begin at 10 a.m.
In the second year of the invitational, Long Beach State welcomes Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico in for a staggered round robin, in which each team will face the other in both singles and doubles, but not in a team format. Individual matches will count similar to fall action, but all players will be available to play in a warmup for the spring dual season.
Action begins on Friday, as Long Beach State will play Colorado in doubles, before facing Nevada in singles. Saturday, the 49ers will play New Mexico in doubles before taking on the Buffaloes in singles. Finally, on Sunday, Long Beach State will play Nevada in doubles before facing New Mexico in singles.
Senior Klaudia Malenovska will play at No. 1 in singles and No.2 in doubles for the 49ers in the opening week, and will have a huge match on Sunday, where she is scheduled to face No. 74 Michaela Bezdickova of New Mexico, the only individually ranked player in the field.
49er fans will also get a chance to see all four of the team's newcomers play. Freshman Ebba Unden will pair with Malenovska at No. 1 doubles while playing at No. 2 singles, while Eva Rodriguez, Anne-Sophie Willems, and Hazuki Onaga will also all play on each day. Rodriguez will play at No. 4 singles and doubles, while Willems and Onaga will pair at No. 3 doubles, with Willems playing at No. 6 singles and Onaga playing at No. 8 in her return to competition.
Other returnees for the 49ers include Sarah Cantlay, who begins her senior season ranked No. 10 in the career wins list at Long Beach State with 119. She'll play with Malenovska in doubles while holding down the No. 3 spot in singles, while Karolina Rozenberg will play No. 5 singles and join Unden at No. 1 doubles. Finally, senior Anna Jeczmionka will also get into the act, playing with Rodriguez in doubles as well as playing at No. 7 in singles.
Play will begin each day at the Rhodes Tennis Center at 10 a.m. with doubles on as many as eight courts, and then singles will follow the conclusion of play each day, fully utilizing the 12 courts of the Rhodes Tennis Center.
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