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Long Beach State, UC Irvine To Meet In Seventh Straight Women's Tennis Final

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For the seventh year in a row, Long Beach State and UC Irvine will battle in the Big West Women's Tennis Tournament crown at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.  The top seeds won their semifinal matches against No. 5 UC Santa Barbara and No. 3 Hawai‘i, respectively.

Long Beach State Rolls Into Big West Final

altLong Beach State – UC Santa Barbara WT Box Score

No. 1 seed Long Beach State knocked off No. 5 seed UC Santa Barbara, 4-0, in the Big West Women’s Tennis Tournament semifinals Saturday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The win enabled the 49ers to advance to their 14th consecutive Big West championship match, including 11 straight in Indian Wells.  The 49ers are 10-3 all-time in the finals.  LBSU, which faces No. 2 seed UC Irvine for the title on Sunday at 9:00 a.m., is 8-1 all-time against the Anteaters in tournament history.  The two schools will be meeting in the championship match for the seventh consecutive year.

LBSU is 31-1 all-time at Indian Wells Tennis Garden since the tournament moved here in 2004.  The 49ers improved to 19-2 overall this season and have won 10 straight matches.

The 49ers captured the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead.  Karolina Rozenberg and Holly Reid defeated Kaiulani Boyer and Kiersten Meehan, 8-3, at No. 3.  Maeva Razakasoa and Hayley Thompson clinched the point at No. 2, where they edged Jaimee Gilbertson and Priscila Garcia, 8-6.

In singles, the 49ers won three matches in straight sets to secure the sweep of the Gauchos.  Freshman Julie Gerard earned a 6-3, 7-5 win over Kaiulani Boyer at No. 3 to give LBSU a 2-0 lead.  Sophomore Ebba Unden was next to finish, winning 6-1, 6-3 against April Scatliffe at No. 2.  The 49ers also got a strong effort from freshman Hayley Thompson at No. 5, as she toppled Paola Cos by a 6-2, 6-4 score.

LBSU goes for its 20th win for the third time in the last four seasons in tomorrow’s final.  UC Santa Barbara finished its season 8-16 overall.


1. Unden/Laura Eales (LBSU) vs. Scatliffe/Luisa Candido-Ortiz (UCSB) - DNF
2. Razakasoa/Thompson (LBSU) def. Gilbertson/Garcia (UCSB) - 8-6
3. Rozenberg/Reid (LBSU) def. Boyer/Meehan (UCSB) - 8-3

Order of finish: 3, 2

1. Maeva Razakasoa (LBSU) vs. Jaimee Gilbertson (UCSB) - DNF
2. Ebba Unden (LBSU) def. April Scatliffe (UCSB) - 6-1, 6-3
3. Julie Gerard (LBSU) def. Kaiulani Boyer (UCSB) - 6-3, 7-5
4. Karolina Rozenberg (LBSU) vs. Stacy Yam (UCSB) - DNF
5. Hayley Thompson (LBSU) def. Paola Cos (UCSB) - 6-2, 6-4
6. Holly Reid (LBSU) vs. Kiersten Meehan (UCSB) - DNF

Order of finish: 3, 2, 5

Comeback Victory Propels UC Irvine Into Big West Final

altUC Irvine – Hawai‘i WT Box Score

Senior Marivick Mamiit’s three-set victory completed a 4-3 comeback triumph for No. 2 seed UC Irvine against third-seeded Hawai‘i in the Big West Women’s Tennis Tournament semifinals Saturday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Mamiit overcame a first-set loss to knock off Xenia Suworowa, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to send the Anteaters into the finals for the seventh consecutive year against arch nemesis Long Beach State.  UCI will be making its 11th appearance all-time in the championship match.

But to get there, the Anteaters first had to claw back from a 3-1 deficit.  UCI struck first in the match, notching the doubles point with stellar play in the doubles.  No. 2 duo Brooke Schweyer and Sarah Gong blanked the UH tandem of Cindy Nguyen and Rebecca Faltusz, 8-0.  Kat Facey and Sarah Stadfelt clinched the doubles point with their 8-4 triumph in the No. 3 draw against Martina Kostalova and Sarah Gealer.

The Rainbow Wahine captured the first three singles match to build the 3-1 lead.  Paulina Petriskova tallied the first point at No. 4 as Ali Facey was forced to retire due to an ankle injury.  Petriskova had won the first set and the score was tied 1-1 in the second when the injury occurred.

At No. 6, Kelsey Daguio collected a 6-4, 6-1 victory against Stadfelt to give UH another singles win.  The ‘Bows widened the margin when Nguyen posted a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 1 against Gong.

However, the Anteaters battled back to improve to 5-1 in matches that have gone the distance this season.  Kat Facey won a hard fought 6-4, 6-4 battle at No. 5 against Gealer, and Franziska Goettsching was a 7-5, 6-2 victor at No. 3 versus Kostalova, setting up the showdown between Mamiit and Suworowa.

UCI attempts to win its second Big West Tournament championship on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. against top-seeded Long Beach State.

(2) UC IRVINE 4, (3) HAWAI‘I 3

1. A. Facey/Goettsching (UCI) vs. Suworowa/Petriskova (UH) - DNF
2. Schweyer/Gong (UCI) def. Nguyen/Faltusz (UH) - 8-0
3. K. Facey/Stadfelt (UCI) def. Kostalova/Gealer (UH) - 8-4

Order of finish: 2, 1

1. Cindy Nguyen (UH) vs. Sarah Gong (UCI) - DNF
2. Marivick Mamiit (UCI) def. Xenia Suworowa (UH) - 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
3. Franziska Goettsching (UCI) def. Martina Kostalova (UH) - 7-5, 6-2
4. Paulina Petriskova (UH) def. Ali Facey (UCI) - 6-2, 1-1 (ret.)
5. Kat Facey (UCI) def. Sarah Gealer (UH) - 6-4, 6-4
6. Kelsey Daguio (UH) vs. Sarah Stadfelt (UCI) - 6-4, 6-1

Order of finish: 4, 6, 1, 5, 3, 2