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Long Beach State Wins Sixth Straight Big West Title
Sunday, 04/19/2009
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`PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Hannah Grady won the clinching singles match to complete a perfect conference season in singles and help the 49ers capture a fourth Big West championship in four years, extending the program’s streak to six straight championships.

 

                Grady finishes her Big West career with a 43-1 record in singles, having lost just one team match in her four years at The Beach.

 

                Long Beach State started the day by taking the doubles point. The 49ers lost at No. 1 singles, but after an 8-3 win at No. 3 from Anais Dallara and Rachel Manasse, Deborah Armstrong and Lisa Sutton clinched the point with an 8-6 win over Courtney Byron and Miranda Young.

 

                In singles, UC Irvine took the first point as Byron beat Manasse 6-3, 7-6, but Long Beach State stormed back to win the title. Anais Dallara earned her 20th singles win of the year by dropping Clare Fermin at 6-3, 6-4, and Julie Luzar earned a key win at No. 5, beating Rebecca Kwan 6-1, 7-6.

 

                Grady then clinched the match, rebounding from a first-set loss to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 over Stephanie Hammel, giving No. 60 Long Beach State a 4-1 win over No. 56 UC Irvine.

 

                Long Beach State will have to wait to find out its opponent in the NCAA Tournament, but will return to action in the first round beginning on May 8.

 

DOUBLES

Fermin/Kaloi, UCI def. Grady/Weeks, LBSU, 8-4

Amrstrong/Sutton, LBSU def. Byron/Young, UCI, 8-6

Dallara/Manasse, LBSU def. Bartlett/Kwan, UCI, 8-3

 

SINGLES

#113 Hannah Grady, LBSU def. Stephanie Hammel, UCI, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

Courtney Byron, UCI def. Rachel Manasse, LBSU, 6-3, 7-6 [5]

Deborah Armstrong, LBSU vs.  Brooke Bartlett, UCI, DNF

Anais Dallara, LBSU def. Clare Fermin, UCI, 6-3, 6-4

Julie Luzar, LBSU def. Rebecca Kwan, UCI, 6-1, 7-6 [7]

Lisa Sutton, LBSU vs. Heidi Kaloi, UCI, DNF


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