March 14, 2014
First Serve: The 53rd-ranked Long Beach State women’s tennis team will host No. 41 Pepperdine in a pivotal non-conference match at noon on Saturday at the Rhodes Tennis Center.
Last Outing: Beach Tennis earned two non-conference victories last week as the 49ers picked up a 5-2 win over Tulane on Thursday and then swept Montana on Saturday. Freshman Holly Reid went 4-0 over the weekend as she is now 7-1 in singles, including a perfect 6-0 at the No. 6 spot. In doubles, Reid and partner Laura Eales improved their record to 9-1 at the No. 3 spot.
By the Numbers: LBSU has been impressive so far this season, putting together a variety of streaks in a multitude of areas:
- 9: The 49ers have won nine straight matches since they dropped a tough decision to ranked Washington in Hawai’i to start the spring season on Jan. 19. Seven of the nine wins have come by three or more points.
- 7: LBSU is 7-0 when competing in the Rhodes Tennis Center this season.
- 19: Beach Tennis has won 19 straight home matches. The last time the 49ers lost a home match was back in 2012 when Nebraska came to visit on March 20.
- 15: Redshirt freshman Maeva Razakasoa has won her last 15 matches, including going a perfect 11-0 in dual match play. Her overall record for her first season as a 49er is 22-2.
A Look at Pepperdine: The Waves dropped three spots in this week’s ITA polls from 38 to 41. Before their victory last week, Pepperdine had dropped three straight including losses to No. 1 UCLA, No. 11 Vanderbilt and No. 43 Memphis. The Waves boost one ranked doubles pair in Ale Granillo and Lorraine Guillermo, who came in at No. 73 this week. LBSU trails Pepperdine in the all-time series record 1-19, however LBSU won the last meeting in 2012 at Pepperdine by a score of 5-2.
Looking Ahead: Beach Tennis will be busy next week as it plays three matches in four days. Wyoming kicks off the week by visiting the Rhodes Tennis Center on Wednesday with Dartmouth coming on Thursday. The 49ers will then have Friday off before closing out the week by hosting No. 40 Harvard. LBSU will have its second to last home match against Sacramento State on March 27 to close out the month.
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