Women's Tennis Serves Up Black and Blue Rivalry
No. 57 UC Irvine Anteaters at No. 53 Long Beach State 49ers
Sat. Apr. 12, 2014 - 11:00 AM
Long Beach, Calif.
The Anteaters dropped UC Davis for its 16th straight regular season Big West win.
UC Irvine went a perfect 9-0 over its homestand that stretched from late February throughout the entirety of March.
Franziska Goettsching has 26 wins at No. 3 singles, tying her with all-time leader Clare Fermin. She is also fourth all-time at No. 4 with 16. Her 44 career singles wins places her 23rd in the all-time rankings alongside Rebecca Kwan and Ali Borowicz.
In doubles, Goettsching has 27 wins as the No. 1 placing her fourth all-time. She also has 48 career doubles wins good for a tie at ninth all-time with Anna Bentzer and Courtney Byron.
Sarah Stadfelt's 22 wins at the No. 6 position places her at third all-time in program history.
Marivick Mamiit has four No. 2 singles wins this season for 15 in her career placing her sixth all-time.
The 'Eaters failed to win a match after losing the opening set in their first 32 attempts. Since then, they are 6-5.
The 'Eaters' schedule consists of eight schools ranked in the ITA preseason rankings. UCI is currently 2-4 with wins over No. 48 SDSU and No. 61 USD.
UC Irvine will face seven schools that reached the 2013 NCAA Tournament including Final Four participant UCLA.
Amongst UCI's opponents are 16 ranked singles players; 14 in the top-100, eight in the top-50, and two in the top-10.
The 'Eaters play 12 of their 21 matches at home including a stretch of nine consecutive matches that span from February through the entirety of March.
UC Irvine women's tennis was very prevalent in the NCAA postseason earning spots in the team and individual brackets. The team notched its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory with a hard-fought, 4-2 victory over San Jose State. The 'Eaters followed with a sweep at the hands of USC to end its postseason run.
UCI took home a Big West regular season title in 2013 going 9-0 in Big West matches, 36-6 in singles sets, and 24-0 in doubles sets.
UCI's NCAA Tournament win was Head Coach Mike Edles' 250th as an Anteater.
The 'Eaters as a club won all 14 home matches and ran a 20-match win streak in 2013, both program records.
UC Irvine finished 2013 ranked 32nd in the nation, besting its No. 35 ranking from 2007. UCI is currently ranked 63rd.
The 'Eaters were ranked 23rd earlier in the season, its highest ranking in Division I and first time in the top 30 since 2007.
LONG TIME COMING
The annual tussle for the Big West has come down to UCI and Long Beach State for many years now, and the squads will meet on Saturday with match 6-0 Big West records.
The 49ers are ranked 60th and have a 15-2 record over the season with lone losses coming to ranked Washington and Pepperdine squads.
Four players hold double-digit dual win records in singles including Maeva Razakasoa's 14-2 record and 12-1 as the No. 2.
Doubles are 30-13 as a collective led by Laura Eales and Holly Reid who are 9-1 overall.
Ali Facey impressed in fall play going 9-2 including winning the consolation bracket of the ITA West Regionals. She also went a combined 6-4 in doubles play.
Sarah Gong posted a 5-2 mark in singles and reached the ITA West Regionals consolation semifinal and won a pair of matches in the Hawaii Fall Tournament. In doubles, she and Marivick Mamiit reached the quarterfinals of the ITA West Regional.