Long Beach State Heads North for Three Matches in Three Days
April 3, 2013
No. 43 Long Beach State will head to northern California for a difficult stretch of three matches in three days, beginning at Sacramento State on Thursday before traveling to UC Davis on Friday and finishing up at Pacific on Saturday.
The 49ers remained perfect at home and won their sixth consecutive match with a 7-0 sweep of conference foe Cal State Northridge on Saturday.
With sophomore Karolina Rozenberg out with injury, freshmen Anne-Sophie Willems and Hazuki Onaga stepped up for LBSU winning all their matches to help the 49ers get their third shut-out of the season.
In doubles play, Anna Jeczmionka and Onaga got things started with an 8-2 win at the No. 3 spot over Jessica Warren and Corinne Schnyder. Ebba Unden and Klaudia Malenovska followed suit, winning 8-5 over Anna Yang and Sabrina Man-Son-Hing while Sarah Cantlay and Anne-Sophie Willems defeated Maria Pistalu and Lorraine Change by the same score.
In singles, play it was all LBSU as Willems blanked Jessica Warren at the No. 5 spot, 6-0, 6-0. Ebba Unden won 6-1, 6-1 over Maria Pistalu at No. 1 and Klaudia Malenovska won 6-2, 6-0 over Anna Yang. Sarah Cantlay beat Sabrina Man-Son-Hing 6-2, 6-2 while Anna Jeczmionka prevailed 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 5 over Lorraine Cheung. Hazuki Onaga capped off the 49er sweep with a 7-5, 6-7 (3), 11-9 victory over Alexis Marquez at the No. 6 spot.
The victory made it 18 in a row over CSUN as LBSU hasn't lost to the Matadors since 2000.
The 49ers will hit the road to northern California for three matches in three days beginning at Sacramento State on Thursday. The Hornets are 9-11 overall, with eight of their 11 losses coming to ranked opponents. Sacramento State is 5-2 when playing at home this season.
After playing at Sacramento State, LBSU will travel to UC Davis for a Big West match. The Aggies are 7-9 on the season and 2-2 in conference play. UC Davis will be hosting three Big West opponents in three days, starting with Hawaii on Thursday, then LBSU on Friday and finishing up with UC Riverside on Saturday.
After playing at UC Davis, the 49ers will finish out their road trip with another conference match at Pacific. The Tigers are 6-10 this season and 1-3 in Big West play. Pacific has lost five matches in a row coming into this week's play. It will host Hawaii on Wednesday and UC Riverside on Friday before playing the 49ers.
In the Polls:
The 49ers have been ranked every week this season dropped two spots in this week's ITA Tennis Polls despite sweeping conference foe Cal State Northridge 7-0. During Hilt-Costello's tenure at head coach, Long Beach State has been nationally ranked each year since the 2000-01 season. LBSU reached a top ranking in 2006, claiming the No. 18 spot early on before ending the season at No. 26.
Around the Big West:
LBSU currently sits in second place in the conference, one-half match behind UC Irvine. The 49ers lone conference loss came on March 2 as LBSU fell 4-3 at UCI. LBSU and and the Anteaters have solified themselves at the top of the conference as UC Santa Barbara sits in third place. Both LBSU and UCI have beaten the Gauchos handily with the 49ers winning 6-1 and the Anteaters prevailing 5-2. UCI has the only ranked singles and doubles players in the conference.
Cantlay Continues to Climb Up Record Books:/b>
Sevenoaks, England native Sarah Cantlay has continued her quest up the school record books as she collected two more victories last week. Picking up a doubles victory with Anne-Sophie Willems over CSUN's Pistalu/Cheung, Cantlay moved into a tie for fifth place with Jessica Weeks with 80 individual doubles wins. The senior has won nine of her last 10 singles matches and currently is on a six-match winning streak in doubles play.
Willems Shuts Out First Opponent:
Freshman Anne-Sophie Willems moved into the No. 5 singles spot in last week's conference match against Cal State Northridge and blanked her opponent to earn her tenth singles duel victory on the season. The win was the first time in the Eupen, Belgium native's career that her opponent didn't win a game.
Unden Shines at No. 1 Spot:
Freshman Ebba Unden (Stockholm, Sweden) has stepped up for LBSU after being moved up to the No. 1 spot in both singles and doubles. Unden is 4-2 in both singles and doubles play since the move. She picked up her first conference victories in each with LBSU's 7-0 sweep of CSUN last week. In conference play, Unden is 4-1 in singles play and a perfect 6-0 in doubles.