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No. 46 WT To Face No. 45 Long Beach State

The Aztecs will travel to Long Beach State on Saturday for their third match of the season.
The Aztecs will travel to Long Beach State on Saturday for their third match of the season.

Jan. 23, 2014

SAN DIEGO - The 46th-ranked San Diego State women's tennis team will travel north to take on No. 45 Long Beach State at Rhodes Tennis Center on Saturday. The Aztecs are coming off a 2-0 season-opening doubleheader on Jan. 18. The perfect opening day marked the 10th-consecutive year that SDSU has begun the dual-match campaign at 2-0.

The 45th-ranked 49ers will begin a three-week home stand on Saturday after traveling to Hawai'i last weekend for two matches. Long Beach State split the two decisions in the Aloha State as it fell to then-ranked No. 45 Washington, 5-2, but defeated the Rainbow Wahine by the same score.

Last weekend's outcome served as a bittersweet outing for the 49ers as they fell three spots from their preseason ranking of No. 42. The positive came when redshirt freshman Maeva Razakasoa was named the Big West Player of the Week, the conference's first award of the season.

The Aztecs, on the other hand, kept hold of their No. 46 rank after the 2-0 start to the season. SDSU also had a player recognized by the league. Senior Laura Antonaña Iriarte was honored as the Mountain West women's tennis player of the week for her 4-0 record on Jan. 18. Antonaña Iriarte was perfect in both doubles play, paired with junior Kristin Buth and in first singles action.

San Diego State will be looking to come out on top over Long Beach State as last season saw the Aztecs drop a 4-3 heartbreaker to the 49ers at Aztec Tennis Center. SDSU fell early in the match after LBSU clinched the doubles point, forcing the Aztecs to fight for points in singles play. Unfortunately, the rally by SDSU came up short and Long Beach State took the decision.

First serve on Saturday in Long Beach is set for noon at Rhodes Tennis Center.