Jan. 30, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. - No. 39 Long Beach State will play two matches on the road this week, traveling to Cal State Fullerton on Thursday for a 2 p.m. match that was rescheduled from last week due to rain, and then to Loyola Marymount for a 1:30 p.m. match on Friday.
Last Outing: The 49ers opened Big West conference play last week with a commanding 7-0 victory over UC Riverside. In doubles play, Ebba Unden and Karolina Rozenberg got things started off by earning an 8-1 victory over Pattugalan/McKay, while Anne-Sophie Willems and Hazuki Onaga also posted an 8-1 win over Bergeson/Doan. At the No. 1 spot, Klaudia Malenovska and Sarah Cantlay led Raney/Raney 6-5 when the match was suspended.
In singles play, LBSU swept the Highlanders in straight sets in all six matches. Ebba Unden earned another impressive victory at the No. 2 spot over Taylor Raney, 6-2, 6-0. The freshman now has won four singles matches in a row and has yet to drop a set in 2013. Sarah Cantlay defeated Natalie McKay 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 3 spot and reigning Big West player of the week Klaudia Malenovska held off Jamie Raney, 6-4, 6-2. The victory makes it 19 straight over UCR.
LBSU will travel to Cal State Fullerton on Thursday for a conference match-up that was rescheduled from Friday, Jan. 25 due to rain. The Titans have a 1-3 record to start the season, losing three straight before getting the 6-1 win over the University of Missouri - Kansas City on Sunday. The 49ers will look to make it 20 wins in a row over CSF, as LBSU has never lost to the Titans under Coach Hilt-Costello. In 2012, Long Beach State beat Fullerton twice, earning the 7-0 win in the regular season and winning 4-0 in the Big West conference tournament.
A Look at Loyola Marymount:The 49ers will head to Los Angeles to take on the Lions in a non-conference match-up on Friday. LMU opened up its 2013 season last Saturday, posting a 7-0 win over Concordia. The Lions have 10 returning players and just one newcomer to a squad that looks to improve upon last year's 9-16 record. The 49ers have won five straight over Loyola Marymount, their last loss coming in 2007.
Controlling the Conference: Long Beach State has been in control of the Big West Conference for over the past decade, winning nine conference championships in 11 years since 2002, including a span of six straight between 2004-09. The 49ers were perfect in conference play in 2012, going 8-0 during the regular season as well as winning their second consecutive BWC tournament championship. LBSU senior Anais Dallara was named the Conference Player of the Year and head coach Jenny Hilt-Costello received Coach of the Year honors for the seventh time in her career.
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