April 4, 2014
First Serve: The 60th-ranked Long Beach State women’s tennis team will play on the road for the first time in five weeks as its travels to UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly on Friday and Saturday respectively. Both matches are scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
Last Outing: Beach Tennis won its fourth match in a row last week with a 6-1 victory over visiting Sacramento State. The 49ers clinched the doubles point behind an 8-2 win at the top spot as Ebba Unden and Laura Eales defeated Olivia Boija and Sophie Lohscheidt. Maeva Razakasoa and Hayley Thompson then sealed the point as they won 8-3 over Daria Savchenko and Katharina Knoebl. In singles, LBSU won at spots 1-5 to easily take the match.
Undefeated on the road: The 49ers are 2-0 when playing away from the Rhodes Tennis Center including picking up wins at Hawai’i and Cal State Northridge. This weekend will be the first time since Feb. 21 that LBSU has played away from the friendly confines of the Rhodes Tennis Center.
Around the Big West: LBSU has been idle in conference play since it picked up a win on Feb. 21 at Cal State Northridge. The 49ers have compiled a 4-0 record in conference play thus far and sit in second place.
A Look at the Gauchos: UC Santa Barbara comes into Friday’s contest with a 2-2 record (5-13 overall). The Gauchos currently sit in 6th place in the conference, picking up wins against Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis with a loss to Hawai’i. Long Beach State took both meetings last year, winning 6-1 in the regular season and then 4-1 in the Big West tournament.
About Cal Poly: The Mustangs are currently at No. 8 in the Big West with an 0-4 record (3-8 overall). The 49ers took last year’s only meeting with the Mustangs, 7-0.
Thompson Named Player of the Week: Last week saw LBSU freshman Hayley Thompson honored as the Big West Player of the Week. The award marked the first for Thompson in her short career as a 49er. She is the second Beach Tennis member to be named Player of the Week this year as Maeva Razakasoa was honored on Jan. 25. Thompson went 6-0 two weeks ago when LBSU hosted three non-conference foes in three days. Thompson’s key play in doubles helped LBSU secure the crucial doubles point against No. 37 Harvard as the 49ers picked up the 4-3 victory over the Ivy Leaguers.
Up Next: Beach Tennis will return home next week for a pivotal Big West match-up with UC Irvine on Saturday, April 12. Both the 49ers and the Anteaters are undefeated in conference play.
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