INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – The 2014 Cal State Fullerton women's tennis season came to a close on Friday as the Titans dropped a Big West Championships quarterfinal match against No. 1 seed and 55th-ranked Long Beach State, 4-0, at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Under first-year head coach Dianne Matias, the Titans close the year with a record of 8-15 after an eighth place finsih in the Big West standings with a league mark of 1-7.
Fullerton, the eighth seed at the Big West Championships, defeated No. 9 seed UC Riverside on Thursday in first round play, advancing to play the regular season champions in the quarterfinals as the 49ers recently clinched their 12th conference title.
But LBSU's top team of Laura Eales and Ebba Unden defeated the Titans' No. 1 duo of Camille De Leon and Morgan McIntosh, 8-6, to secure the doubles point and give the 49ers a 1-0 edge heading into singles action.
At the No. 3 spot in the lineup, Julie Gerard edged De Leon, 6-4, 6-0, before LBSU's Karolina Rozenberg defeated Kalika Slevcove, 6-0, 6-1, at the No. 4 spot to give the 49ers a 3-0 lead.
Long Beach State clinched it match-winning point as Thompson scored a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Sandford at the fifth spot in the order.
Fullerton holds an overall record of 17-35 dating back to 1989 at the Big West Championships, and the Titans have been the No. 8 seed 11 times with a record of 7-15 in those matches. Fullerton has never advanced out of the quarterfinals with a record of 0-12.
The Titans hold a record of 5-2 against UC Riverside in the Big West Championships with the first meeting in 2005.
Against Long Beach State at the Big West Championships, Fullerton is 2-5 all-time including meeting the 49ers in the quarterfinals in 2010, 2011, and 2012 losing each of the three contests. Fullerton last defeated LBSU in 1993 in the qualifying (first) round.
Cal State Fullerton vs. No. 55 Long Beach State
April 25, 2014 at Indian Wells, Calif.
(Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
#55 Long Beach State 4, Cal State Fullerton 0
1. Maeva Razakasoa (LBSU) vs. Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) unfinished
2. Ebba Unden (LBSU) vs. Morgan McIntosh (CSF) unfinished
3. Julie Gerard (LBSU) def. Camille De Leon (CSF) 6-4, 6-0
4. Karolina Rozenberg (LBSU) def. Kalika Slevcove (CSF) 6-0, 6-1
5. Hayley Thompson (LBSU) def. Megan Sandford (CSF) 6-1, 6-3
6. Holly Reid (LBSU) vs. Jessica Pepa (CSF) unfinished
1. Laura Eales/Ebba Unden (LBSU) def. Camille De Leon/Morgan McIntosh (CSF) 8-6
2. Megan Sandford/Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) def. Maeva Razakasoa/Hayley Thompson (LBSU) 8-4
3. Holly Reid/Karolina Rozenberg (LBSU) def. Melanie Abella/Kalika Slevcove (CSF) 8-3
Cal State Fullerton 8-15
Long Beach State 18-2; National ranking #55
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,4,5)