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Long Beach State Women’s Tennis Edges Dartmouth


The Long Beach State women’s tennis team closed out their six-match homestand with a 4-3 victory over Dartmouth on Friday afternoon at Rhodes Tennis Center.

The Beach have now won four out of their last five matches to improve to 7-6 on the year. Meanwhile, the Big Green drop to 7-8 on the year.

Down 1-0 after dropping the doubles point to open the match, Long Beach State senior Lena Pacholski kick-started the Beach’s singles competition with a convincing win over Kristina Mathis, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1. Mathis had come into the match against Pacholski after having knocked off Pepperdine’s Luisa Stefani, who is ranked No. 25, on Tuesday.

Pacholski’s key victory sparked a comeback as the Beach went on to win the next three games to clinch the match.

Following Pacholski’s victory, sophomore Natalia Munoz handed Julie Schroeder a loss as Munoz rolled past her 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2. With the Beach up 2-1, freshman Lalita Devarakonda collected a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Abigail Chiu at No. 4, while Sadaf Sadeghvaziri put the match away with a 6-4, 7-6 (2) win over Chuyang Guan at No. 5.

With the Beach having clinched the match, 4-1, Dartmouth managed to picked up a couple of wins at courts three and six to make it a 4-3 final.

Long Beach State hits the road next week as it returns to Big West Conference action. The Beach will play at Cal Poly on Friday, March 30 at noon, before taking on UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, March 31 at 11 a.m.

Singles Competition
1. Lena Pacholski (LBSU) def. Kristina Mathis (DART) 6-3, 6-0

  1. Natalia Munoz (LBSU) def. Julia Schroeder (DART) 6-2, 6-4
  2. Racquel Lyn (DART) def. Maren Helgo (LBSU) 7-6, 6-0
  3. Lalita Devarakonda (LBSU) def. Abigail Chiu (DART) 6-1, 7-5
  4. Sadaf Sadeghvaziri (LBSU) def. Chuyang Guan (DART) 6-4, 7-6
  5. Maddie Hwang (DART) def. Carlota Casasampere (LBSU) 6-0, 1-6, 7-6

Doubles Competition
1. Abigail Chiu/Julia Schroeder (DART) def. Natalia Munoz/Lalita Devarakonda (LBSU) 7-5

  1. Lena Pacholski/Sadaf Sadeghvaziri (LBSU) def. Kristina Mathis/Racquel Lyn (DART) 6-3
  2. Maddie Hwang/Allison Chuang (DART) 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.