March 26, 2014
First Serve: The 56th-ranked Long Beach State women’s tennis team will close out an eight-match home stand this week with Sacramento State on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Rhodes Tennis Center.
Last Outing: The 49ers had a busy week last week, hosting three non-conference opponents in four days. The week began on Wednesday as Beach Tennis pulled out the 5-2 win over Wyoming. LBSU then had the same result with Dartmouth on Thursday before hosting their biggest home opponent in No. 37 Harvard on Saturday. The 49ers came away with the doubles point and then won two singles matches to take the 3-0 lead early. The Crimson then earned a win at the No. 6 spot, but Karolina Rozenberg sealed the win in LBSU’s favor as she downed Amy He 7-5, 6-2 at the No. 4 spot. Harvard would take the remaining two matches to bring the final score to 4-3.
In the Rankings: LBSU is back in the ITA rankings this week after a one-week hiatus as last week’s big victory over Harvard moved the 49ers in to the No. 56 spot. Beach Tennis has been nationally ranked every week this season save last week and began the year at No. 42, marking the 11th straight season that the 49ers have been nationally ranked.
A Look at Sacramento State: The Hornets have compiled a 7-8 record so far this season and begin a four-match road test today at UC Santa Barbara. Sacramento State will then travel down to Long Beach for tomorrow’s contest before heading to Northern Colorado and North Dakota on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The reigning Big Sky champions have won their last three matches prior to today’s match at UCSB, however, they are 0-5 against ranked opponents this season. LBSU leads the all-time series with the Hornets, 6-3, with the two teams meeting each year since 2011. The 49ers have won all three of those prior contests, including a 6-0 sweep of Sacramento State last year that was part of their three-match Northern California road trip.
Line-up Adjustments: Beach Tennis head coach Jenny Hilt-Costello made several line-up changes last week in both singles and doubles, which resulted in three 49er victories. At doubles, Laura Eales moved up to the No. 1 spot to compete with Ebba Unden. The duo went 2-1 and clinched the doubles point in LBSU’s favor against Harvard on Saturday. Also against Harvard, Maeva Razakasoa competed with Hayley Thompson at the No. 2 spot and the pair won their match against Hannah Morrill and June Lee. In singles, Razakasoa moved into the top spot and the freshman split her two matches that included picking up a straight set victory over Dartmouth’s Katherine Yau. Ebba Unden then moved down to the No. 2 spot, where the sophomore also split her matches, picking up a three-set victory over Dartmouth before falling in a close match to Harvard’s Monica Lin.
Up Next: The 49ers will hit the road for the first time in over a month as they travel to UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly next weekend for a pair of Big West contests. LBSU is a perfect 4-0 in conference play and sits atop the standings. Following the road trip, Beach Tennis will play its final home match of the season in a pivotal Big West match-up against UC Irvine on April 12.
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