Saturday, March 31, 2018

Golden Eagles Battle Admirably Against No. 1 Team

Recap, photo courtesy of CAL State LA
LOS ANGELES -- Cal State LA's women's tennis team battled admirably on Friday against the top-ranked team in the NCAA Division II.

The short-handed Golden Eagles, still playing without injured No. 2 singles player Amanda Schneider, picked up a pair of hard-fought singles points in a 7-2 loss to Hawaii Pacific at the Cal State LA Tennis Complex. Cal State LA (7-10), which beat Hawaii Pacific last year in Los Angeles, was unable to duplicate that result on Friday.

The match did feature three outstanding singles contests. Cal State LA's Mariko Sagara beat Debora Echeverria at No. 4 singles, 6-4, 7-5, and Chelsey Ruiz rallied for a big 3-6, 7-5, 10-7 win over Barbora Kijasova at No. 5 singles. The Golden Eagles' Luciana Di Laura, who moved up to the No. 2 singles spot in Schneider's absence, fell in a three-set match to Lara Meccico, 3-6, 6-0, 10-2.

The Golden Eagles dropped all three doubles contest to fall into an early deficit.

Cal State LA will return to action on Tuesday with a match at NCAA Division I Cal State Northridge.

Hawaii Pacific 7, Cal State LA 2
3/30/2018 at Los Angeles, Calif.

Singles competition
1. Lena Lutzeier (HPU) def. Elizaveta Sokolova (CSLA) 6-2, 6-2
2. Lara Meccico (HPU) def. Luciana Di Laura (CSLA) 3-6, 6-0, 10-2
3. Oceane Adam (HPU) def. Isabella Lopez (CSLA) 6-0, 6-1
4. Mariko Sagara (CSLA) def. Debora Echeverria (HPU) 6-4, 7-5
5. Chelsey Ruiz (CSLA) def. Barbora Kijasova (HPU) 3-6, 7-5, 10-7
6. Heloise Le Normand (HPU) def. Snezana Ivanovic (CSLA) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Lara Meccico/Barbora Kijasova (HPU) def. Isabella Lopez/Luciana Di Laura (CSLA) 8-4
2. Lena Lutzeier/Oceane Adam (HPU) def. Elizaveta Sokolova/Mariko Sagara (CSLA) 8-3
3. Debora Echeverria/Leticia dos Santos (HPU) def. Chelsey Ruiz/Snezana Ivanovic (CSLA) 8-4

Match Notes
Hawaii Pacific 12-2
Cal State LA 7-10
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,6,2,1,5,4)

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