April 19, 2013
No. 45 Long Beach State will honor its three graduating seniors on Saturday in an alumni match that will begin at 9 a.m. at the Rhodes Tennis Center.
LBSU was scheduled to play its final home match of the season against Cal Poly last week, but the Mustangs forfeited, giving the 49ers a 7-0 win by ruling. The victory keeps LBSU's perfect home record in tact this season and extends its winning streak to 10 matches. The 49ers haven't lost in almost eight weeks, racking up wins over three ranked opponents in that stretch. The last time LBSU lost was on March 2 in a 4-3 affair at UC Irvine. Since then, the 49ers have won by three or more points in nine of their ten matches, and shut-out four opponents (Eastern Michigan, Cal State Northridge, Sacramento State and Cal Poly). The 10-match winning streak is the fifth longest in school history, besting a nine-match stretch that occurred between March 22 - May 11, 2012. The longest winning streak in school history happened in 2001 when the 49ers won 17 matches.
The 49ers will host an alumni match on Saturday to honor their three graduating seniors, Klaudia Malenovska, Sarah Cantlay and Anna Jeczmionka. The match will feature celebrated alumni Hannah Grady, Anais Dallara, Miranda Carvalho, Connie Burggraf-Espina, Veronica Shelby, Hally Cohen and Sophie Han-Salvador.
LBSU will travel to Indian Wells, Calif. for the Big West Tournament next weekend. The 49ers have dominated the tournament in years past, winning it each year since 2004, with the exception of 2010 when they fell 4-1 to UC Irvine. LBSU will likely be the No. 2 seed in the tournament and play the winner of Thursday's match between the No. 7 and 10 seeds at 8 a.m. on Friday. The semifinals will then be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday and the championship match will take place on Sunday at 9 a.m. A complete schedule of the tournament can be found at http://www.bigwest.org/sports/wtennis/info/champs/.
Honoring Three Seniors:
Klaudia Malenovska, Sarah Cantlay and Anna Jeczmionka will play in their final home match at LBSU on Saturday. The three seniors have had an enormous impact on the tennis program and have helped it consistly be one of the best in the conference, region and nation.
A native of Bratislava, Slovakia, Malenovska has left her mark on LBSU and the Big West Conference in her tenure. Her four Big West Player of the Week honors place her in a tie for 6th all-time in conference history. Malenovska was honored twice this season, first on Jan. 23 after she defeated No. 74 Michaela Bezdickova of New Mexico on day three of the Winter Beach Invitational, and then again on April 10 after going 5-0 and helping LBSU win three road matches in three days. Malenovska was All-Conference in both singles and doubles her first year playing for LBSU (2011), being named to the first-team with partner Anais Dallara in doubles and second-team in singles. Malenovska sat out the beginning of the 2011-12 season as she spent the fall rehabbing from injury. She was ranked No. 109 in singles in the ITA Tennis Preseason rankings and put up a 14-10 record that included going 7-1 in conference matches. Dallara and Malenovska were named All-Conference in doubles for the second consecutive year, going 21-3 and owning a .875 winning percentage. Malenovska has also shined in the classroom as the business management major was an ITA All-Academic team member in 2011 and an Academic Big West selection in both 2011 and 2012.
Cantlay hails from Sevenoaks, England and has spent her four years at LBSU etching her name in the school record books. Cantlay put together one of the most impressive seasons in Beach Tennis history in 2012 as she and partner Julie Luzar won 23 doubles matches, one off the school record for doubles wins in an individual season. The year before, Cantlay went 26-9 in singles play, good for 7th all-time in wins in a single season. The 2012-13 season has seen Cantlay continue to march her way up the record books. Starting the season in 10th place for combined career wins, Cantlay is now No. 5 with 163 victories heading into conference tournament play. She was also ranked No. 11 in both career singles and doubles wins to start the season and is now ranked fifth in singles and tied for fourth with Sandra Rocha in doubles. Cantlay has gone 24-9 in singles play this season and is a perfect 8-0 in Big West play. The pyschology major was an Academic All-Big West selection last year.
Jeczmionka has improved each of her four seasons as a 49er. She ended the 2009-10 season with 17 victories and now has 27 so far in 2013. Jeczmionka played primarily at the No. 5 singles spot her freshman year, compiling a 10-8 record and had a five match winning streak in the middle of the year, earning wins against No. 55 Minnesota and No. 24 Nebraska. Last season, Jeczmionka had a .761 winning percentage as she went 16-5. Going 11-4 in singles play, she won her lone Big West match in a shut-out affair of UC Davis' Ellie Edles. So far in 2013, Jeczmionka has a 4-1 singles record and a perfect 3-0 doubles record in conference play. She is a business management major and was awarded ITA All-Academic honors in both 2011 and 2012 in addition to being named an Academic All-Big West selection.
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