Long Beach State continued its dominance at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, winning the Big West Women's Tennis Championship for the ninth time in the last 10 years with a hard fought 4-1 win against UC Irvine Sunday.
The second-seeded 49ers automatically advance to the NCAA Tournament on a 13-match winning streak and improve to 21-3 overall. The No. 1 seed Anteaters saw their 20-match winning streak ended and await a potential at-large bid to the NCAA's with a 22-4 record.
LBSU won its 10th tournament championship overall and is now 8-1 all-time against UCI in the finals.
The coveted doubles point helped LBSU's cause immensely as all three positions registered 8-6 scores. Klaudia Malenovska and Sarah Cantlay won at No. 2 for LBSU, while Marivick Mamiit and Sarah Stadfelt responded for UCI at No. 3. But the nation's 77th-ranked UCI duo of Franziska Goettsching and Kristina Smith could not hold off LBSU's Ebba Unden and Karolina Rozenberg at No. 1.
The Anteaters had won the doubles point in 17 consecutive matches before encountering the 49ers today.
Singles action imitated doubles as the two unfinished matches went to third sets while the four that were completed were up for grabs.
The quickest match to end occurred at No. 5 where Rozenberg downed Ali Facey, 6-2, 6-4.
However, Smith put the Anteaters on the board with her 7-6 (5), 6-2 win at No. 1 against Unden. LBSU extended its advantage to 3-1 at No. 4 with Anna Jeczmionka defeating Sarah Gong, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
The match was clinched at No. 3 as Cantlay overcame a first-set deficit to beat Goettsching, 5-7, 6-0, 6-1.
BIG WEST TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIAN WELLS TENNIS GARDEN
(2) LONG BEACH STATE 4, (1) UC IRVINE 1