Long Beach State

Long Beach State Women’s Tennis Edges Penn

Sophomore Natalia Munoz’s third set victory delivered Long Beach State women’s tennis a 4-3 win over Penn on Tuesday at Rhodes Tennis Center.

“We showed a lot of fight today in a tough match,” LBSU coach Jenny Hilt-Costello said. “We were down in a number of singles matches but didn’t give up.”

With the match deadlocked at 3-3 and Munoz still playing, the fate of the contest rested on her shoulders. Munoz started her match with Ashley Zhu knowing the teams were deadlocked at 3-3. She dropped the first set 5-7, bounced back to win the second set 7-6, then finished strong with a 6-3 win to clinch the victory for LBSU.

LBSU (5-5) hosts Furman at 12 p.m. on Friday.

Singles Competition
1. Lina Qostal (PENN) def. Lena Pacholski (LBSU) 7-5, 6-3
2. Natalia Munoz (LBSU) def. Ashley Zhu (PENN) 5-7, 7-6, 6-3
3. Maren Helgo (LBSU) def. Jimena Rodriguez-Benito (PENN) 7-6, 6-2
4. Ria Vaidya (PENN) def. Sadaf Sadeghvaziri (LBSU) 6-1, 6-4
5. Marta Kowalska (PENN) def. Lalita Devarakonda (LBSU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
6. Carlota Casasampere (LBSU) def. Marija Curnic (PENN) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

Doubles Competition
1. Natalia Munoz/Lalita Devarakonda (LBSU) def. Lina Qostal/Ris Vaidya (PENN) 6-2
2. Lena Pacholski/Sadaf Sadeghvaziri (LBSU) def. OJ Singh/Jimena Rodriguez-Benito (PENN) 7-5
3. Marija Curnic/Marta Kowalska (PENN) def. Carlota Casasampere/Georgia Gulin (LBSU) 7-5

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.