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Familiar Foes To Meet In Sixth Straight Women's Tennis Final

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Big West Women's Tennis Championship Central

4/27/2013


For the sixth consecutive year, UC Irvine and Long Beach State will meet in the finals of the Big West Women's Tennis Championship as both teams were victorious in semifinal action on Saturday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

UC Irvine Advances To Sixth Straight Championship Match
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UC Irvine - Hawaii WT Box Score

Top-seeded UC Irvine defeated No. 4 seed Hawaii 4-0 in the semifinals of the Big West Women's Tennis Championship at Indian Wells Tennis Garden Saturday.  The Anteaters will square off against Long Beach State in the finals for the sixth straight year on Sunday at 9:00 a.m.

UCI (22-3), which won its 20th consecutive match, stormed to their 11th straight triumph against a Big West opponent with solid play all-around.

The Anteaters claimed the doubles point with victories at No. 1 and No. 2.  Ali Facey and Brooke Schweyer downed Martina Kostalova and Rebecca Faltusz 8-2 and the 77th-ranked tandem of Kristina Smith and Franziska Goettsching won 8-5 over Xenia Suworowa and Katarina Poljakova.

Straight set wins at No. 5, No. 1 and No. 6 put the Anteaters in position to win their first Big West Tournament crown since 2010.

Ali Facey started things off in singles with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph against Kelsey Daguio at No. 5.  Smith won her 15th straight singles match at No. 1, dispatching Suworowa 6-2, 6-4.  Minutes later, the Anteaters sealed the victory as Sarah Stadfelt claimed a 6-3, 6-1 victory against Faltusz at No. 6.

UCI is making its 10th all-time appearance in the finals.  The 31st-ranked Anteaters have won 22 matches this season, the most in the 17-year career for head coach Mike Edles.

BIG WEST TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIAN WELLS TENNIS GARDEN
WOMEN'S SEMIFINALS
(1) UC IRVINE 4, (4) UC SANTA BARBARA 1


Doubles
1. Goettsching/Smith (UCI) def. Suworowa/Poljakova (UH) - 8-5
2. A. Facey/Brooke Schweyer (UCI) def. Kostalova/Faltusz (UH - 8-2
3. Mamiit/Stadfelt (UCI) vs. Daguio/Petriskova (UH) - DNF

Order of finish: 2, 1

Singles
1. Kristina Smith (UCI) def. Xenia Suworowa (UH) - 6-2, 6-4
2. Marivick Mamiit (UCI) vs. Katarina Poljakova (UH) - DNF
3. Franziska Goettsching (UCI) vs. Martina Kostalova (UH) - DNF
4. Sarah Gong (UCI) vs. Paulina Petriskova (UH) - DNF
5. Ali Facey (UCI) def. Kelsey Daguio (UH) - 6-4, 6-3
6. Sarah Stadfelt (UCI) def. Rebecca Faltusz (UH) - 6-3, 6-1

Order of finish: 5, 1, 6


Long Beach State Upends UC Santa Barbara 4-1 In Semifinals
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Long Beach State - UC Santa Barbara WT Box Score

No. 2 seed Long Beach State defeated No. 3 seed UC Santa Barbara, 4-1, in the semifinals of the Big West Women's Tennis Championship Saturday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.  The victory sent the 49ers to their 13th straight finals appearance.

LBSU will meet rival UC Irvine in the championship match Sunday at 9:00 a.m.  It is the sixth year in a row that the two combatants will play each other for the right to automatically advance to the NCAA Tournament.  The two teams have met in eight previous championship matches all-time, with LBSU owning a 7-1 record in those meetings.

The 49ers, which won their 12th straight match en route to improving to 20-3 on the season, dominated the doubles play to take a 1-0 lead.  Ebba Unden and Karolina Rozenberg clinched the point at No. 1 with their 8-2 win against April Scatliffe and Kiersten Meehan.  The 49ers also won at No. 2.

Singles play featured a number of competitive matches.  Unden extended LBSU's lead to 2-0 when she toppled Scatliffe at No. 1 by a 6-2, 6-1 score.

The Gauchos cut their deficit in half as Erica Cano took care of Anne-Sophie Willems 6-4, 6-3 at No. 6.  The 49ers responded at the No. 3 spot with Anna Jeczmionka delivering a 6-3, 6-2 win against Priscila Garcia.

With tight matches taking place on the No. 2 and No. 5 courts, the 49ers ended the match with a three-set win at No. 3.  Sarah Cantlay rebounded from a first-set loss to defeat Paola Cos 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

The Gauchos concluded their season at 15-8 under first-year head coach Simon Thibodeau.  LBSU reached 20 wins for the fifth time in the 15-year head coaching tenure of Jenny Hilt-Costello.

BIG WEST TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIAN WELLS TENNIS GARDEN
WOMEN'S SEMIFINALS
(2) LONG BEACH STATE 4, (3) UC SANTA BARBARA 1


Doubles
1. Unden/Rozenberg (LBSU) def. Scatliffe/Meehan (UCSB) - 8-2
2. Malenovska/Cantlay (LBSU) def. Cano/Garcia (UCSB) - 8-0
3. Jeczmionka/Willems (LBSU) vs. Yam/Cos (UCSB) - DNF

Order of finish: 2, 1

Singles
1. Ebba Unden (LBSU) def. April Scatliffe (UCSB) - 6-2, 6-1
2. Klaudia Malenovska (LBSU) vs. Kiersten Meehan (UCSB) - DNF
3. Sarah Cantlay (LBSU) def. Paola Cos (UCSB) - 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
4. Anna Jeczmionka (LBSU) def. Priscila Garcia (UCSB) - 6-3, 6-2
5. Karolina Rozenberg (LBSU) vs. Stacy Yam (UCSB) - DNF
6. Erica Cano (UCSB) def. Anne-Sophie Willems (LBSU) - 6-4, 6-3

Order of finish: 1, 6, 4, 3

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