Feb. 14, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. -
No. 43 Long Beach State will travel to San Diego State on Friday, Feb. 15 for a 2 p.m. match before returning home to host No. 65 Hawai'i on Saturday for an 11 a.m. Big West contest at the Rhodes Tennis Center.
The 49ers gained two big wins over the weekend, keeping their undefeated home record intact against No. 46 Louisiana State University and UC Santa Barbara. The Tigers, who came in to Friday's match with a perfect 4-0 record, were only able to pick up two points as Long Beach State sealed the match early. The 49ers picked up the first point in doubles play as Ebba Unden and Karolina Rozenberg as well as Hazuki Onaga and Anne-Sophie Willems defeated their respective opponents 8-4. In singles, Rozenberg captured the second LBSU point with her 6-2, 6-2 win over Caroline Hudson. Next, Unden picked up a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Ella Taylor at the No. 2 spot. Finally, Klaudia Malenovska clinched Long Beach State's win with her 6-2, 6-2 win over Mary Jeremiah at the No. 1 spot.
Building off the momentum of Saturday's victory, LBSU didn't waste any time putting UCSB away on Sunday, winning 6-1. The 49ers got the sweep in doubles play that was capped off by a comeback effort from Malenovska and Sarah Cantlay at the No. 1 spot to win 8-6. In singles, Cantlay, who suffered her first singles loss of the season on Saturday, bounced back to win in commanding fashion against Priscilia Garcia 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 3 spot. Malenovska and Anne-Sophie Willems guaranteed the win with their 6-1, 6-2 victories at the No. 1 and 5 spots, respectively. Ebba Unden and Karolina Rozenberg were also able to pick up wins, all in straight sets. The victory kept Long Beach State atop the Big West conference standings with its perfect 3-0 record.
San Diego State is 3-1 on the season, picking up wins over UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton and No. 40 Saint Mary's. The Aztecs' lone loss came against No. 44 Washington. Friday's contest between LBSU and SDSU will be the third straight match where the Aztecs are facing a ranked opponent. Against similar opponents on the season so far, San Diego State also shut out UC Riverside, 7-0, and beat Cal State Fullerton 6-1. The 49ers have won the last seven contests between the two schools with the Aztecs last picking up a win back in 2005. In the last meeting in 2012, LBSU won 5-2, picking up five singles victories after SDSU claimed the doubles point. The Aztecs are coached by Peter Mattera, who is in his 20th season at the helm of the program.
No. 65 Hawai'i owns a 2-3 overall record and is 2-1 in Big West contests. The Rainbow Wahine were ranked at No. 54 for two weeks before suffering a loss to No. 47 Washington. Since then, Hawai'i defeated Cal Poly 5-2, lost to Cal State Fullerton, 4-3, and beat UC Riverside 6-1. The 49ers have played Hawai'i just once in the past seven years as LBSU won a regular season match 5-1 in 2011. So far, the 49ers are 1-0 against ranked opponents this season, while the Rainbow Wahine are 0-1.
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