LBSU Continues Home Stand against LMU, San Jose State
Feb. 6, 2014
First Serve: The 46th-ranked Long Beach State women’s tennis team will continue its five-match home stand this weekend with a pair of non-conference matches. The 49ers will first take on Loyola Marymount on Friday at 2 p.m. followed by a visit from San Jose State on Saturday at 11 a.m. Both matches will take place at the Rhodes Tennis Center.
Last Outing: Beach tennis continued to shine in conference play as the 49ers picked up an easy 6-1 win over Cal State Fullerton last Friday. LBSU swept the Titans in doubles and then picked up wins at spots 1-5 in singles to win their ninth straight conference match. The victory maintained Head Coach Jenny Hilt-Costello’s perfect record against CSF and pushed the 49ers’ home winning streak to 15 matches.
A Look at LMU: LBSU will look to avenge last year’s 4-3 loss at LMU when the Lions come to town on Friday. After picking up a victory in its first match of the spring season, Loyola Marymount has fell in its last three matches. Last weekend a pair of Big West teams, UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly, handed the Lions two losses. LBSU owns the all-time series with LMU, 23-20, and has won five of the last six meetings dating back to 2007. Under Hilt-Costello, the 49ers have accumulated a 12-4 record against the Lions.
Scouting San Jose State: The Spartans continue to play on the road when they travel to Long Beach on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest. San Jose State has yet to pick up a win on the season, falling to DePaul and Mississippi State at the ITA Kick-Off at Texas A&M, and then dropping two matches last weekend at Arizona and Arizona State. SJSU began the season ranked No. 65, but fell out in the last released list on Jan. 29. LBSU has only lost once to the Spartans, leading the all-time series record 15-1. Under Hilt-Costello, the 49ers swept the Spartans in the only match-up in 2001.
Home Sweet Home: Last weekend’s victory against Cal State Fullerton marked the 15th straight home win for the 49ers dating back to 2012. LBSU put together a perfect 11-0 mark at the Rhodes Tennis Center last season and have won their first two matches thus far this season. The 49ers have a chance to get comfortable at home, hosting an unprecedented 14 matches this spring season. Upon completion of LBSU’s current home stand, the 49ers will travel to Cal State Northridge before returning home for the entire month of March.
In the Rankings: The ITA did not release a new rankings list this week as decided in May 2011 by the Operating Committee. As such, LBSU will remain at No. 46. The 49ers began the season at the No. 42 spot, but dropped to No. 45 the following week after splitting two matches in Hawai’i. Then, despite picking up a win against ranked San Diego State, LBSU fell one more spot to No. 46 in the list released on Jan. 29. The next rankings will be released on Feb. 11.
Around the Big West: The 49ers remain atop the Big West standings as released on Feb. 5. LBSU owns a 2-0 record against conference foes, including wins at Hawai’i and against Cal State Fullerton. Four teams have yet to play a conference match including UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside.
Up Next: Beach tennis will close out its home stand with UC Davis on Feb. 15 for an 11 a.m. contest. Following that, the 49ers will travel to Cal State Northridge on Feb. 21 before hosting eight non-conference matches in March.