Anteaters Win Big over No. 38 LBSU
IRVINE, Calif. --- UC Irvine women's tennis had been rolling of late with six wins in a row, but the big test came on Saturday as rival and conference favorite Long Beach State entered Anteater Tennis Stadium. UCI (9-3, 3-0) would break through busting the 3-3 tie with a come-from-behind, three-set victory thanks to Kristina Smith.
The 125th-ranked Smith dropped the opening set against Klaudia Malenovska, 4-6, but would come roaring back with a 6-4 of herself in set two before breaking away with a 6-1 third set win to clinch it.
The Anteaters got to that point after coming out of the gates hot with a sweep of doubles. Smith and the other half of her 49th-ranked doubles pair, Franziska Goettsching, scored the doubles point with an 8-5 win at No. 1. Ali Facey and Brooke Schweyer continued their dominance with an 8-1 win at No. 3.
Singles would run through with sweep besides Smith at No. 1. Once again, the freshmen rolled with sweeps at Nos. 4 and 6 to provide the necessary points.
UCI now seizes control of the Big West with a 3-0 mark, and will now continue its month-long home stretch. Next up for the Anteaters is SMU, Sunday, March 10th at 11:00 a.m. in the third of nine straight at home.
#30 UC IRVINE 4, #38 LBSU 3
March 2, 2013
Irvine, Calif. – Anteater Tennis Stadium
1) #49 Goettsching/Smith (UCI) def. Cantlay/Malenovska (LBSU) – 8-5
2) Mamiit/Stadfelt (UCI) def. Rozenberg/Unden – Unfinished
3) A. Facey/Schweyer (UCI) def. Onaga/Willems – 8-1
UC Irvine wins the doubles point
1) #125 Kristina Smith (UCI) def. Klaudia Malenovska (LBSU) – 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
2) Ebba Unden (LBSU) def. Marivick Mamiit (UCI) – 6-2, 6-4
3) Sarah Cantlay (LBSU) def. Franziska Goettsching (UCI) – 6-4, 6-1
4) Sarah Gong (UCI) def. Eva Rodriguez (LBSU) – 6-0, 6-2
5) Karolina Rozenberg (LBSU) def. Ali Facey (UCI) – 6-3, 6-4
6) Sarah Stadfelt (UCI) def. Anne-Sophie Willems (LBSU) – 6-4, 6-1