Two Lobos Shine in Singles After Second Day

Jan. 19, 2013

LONG BEACH, CALIF. – The second day at the Beach Tennis Winter Invitational left two singles players rising out on top as the day concluded. Senior Kristin Eggleston and Sophomore Katie Wookey clinched their singles wins without any major bumps or concerns, minus Eggleston’s second set in which she sealed her victory with a score of 7-5.

Doubles started up first this morning for the Lobos against the host school, Long Beach State.

The duo of Michaela Bezdickova and Laura Richardson gave a good contest against their opponents Ebba Unden and Karolina Rozenberg, but fell towards the end with Long Beach State winning 8-5.

The partnership of Kristin Eggleston and Maria Sablina could not get in a game against the strong duo of Kalduia Malenovska and Sarah Cantlay as the Lobos fell 8-0.

The duo of Nikolina Grbac and Michaela Oldani managed to win at least three games but that was all that Anne-Sophie Willems and Hazuki Onaga let go as they defeated the Lobos 8-3.

The Lobos hoped for a different story as they headed into singles and for Eggleston and Wookey that came true.

Eggleston bringing in her experience into play competed against Nevada’s Sophie Stevens where she finished off the first set 6-2 and a little more difficult time clinching the win in the second. It was a tight match-up as Stevens kept fighting to hold Eggleston to one more set but the Lobo would not have it as she sealed the win 6-2, 7-5.

Wookey only gave up two games against Nevada’s Monika Magusiak winning the match without any major trouble with a score of 6-0, 6-2.

Oldani faced Long Beach State’s Hazuki Onaga, her opponent from earlier in the day, and looked for a little revenge after the doubles loss. The first set, Oldani managed to grab four games and push it close to winning the set but Onaga closed the door on her and finished the set and match with a final score of 6-4, 6-1.

#74 Bezdickova was defeated by Nevada’s Michelle Okhremchuck with a score of 6-3, 6-2.

Sablina faced off against Nevada’s Emma Verberne and fell with a score of 6-1, 6-3.

Grbac was beaten in the first set by Nevada’s Sheila Smiley with a score of 6-1. The second set was a little different in which Grbac was only two games away from forcing the match to a third set, but Smiley got the better of her winning the match with a final score of 6-1, 6-4.

Laura Richardson had the match close against Nevada’s Rymma Maslova but it was just not enough as Maslova won the match with a score of 6-3, 6-4.

"Our doubles needs a lot of work,” Head Coach Erica Perkins Jasper said. “We cannot have days like yesterday and today during the dual match season. All three teams need to come out ready to play tomorrow. On the singles court, we did a good job from the first point on all the courts.”

“We competed with fire and with composure and put ourselves in position to win on almost every court. Kristin Eggleston and Katie Wookey really did an excellent job bouncing back from tough losses yesterday and came up with two big singles wins.”

The Lobos will start their final day at 10 a.m. MT with doubles first and singles to follow directly after.

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