Long Beach State takes Big West title
Armstrong leads 49ers to conference championship
Indian Wells, Calif. - Senior Deborah Armstrong came up with a huge performance in her final Big West Championship, winning a key doubles match before clinching Long Beach State's entry into the NCAA Tournament with a 4-1 victory against UC Irvine.
Armstrong, Long Beach State's all-time doubles wins leader, had not played doubles since March 11, but in the absence of Klaudia Malenovska was reinserted into the No. 1 doubles team, winning 9-7 over Halladay/Kwan with Anais Dallara. The 49ers then took the point with a win at No. 2 doubles as Jaklin Alawi and Rachel Manasse also won by a 9-7 margin over Byron/Smith in another tight doubles match.
In singles, Brooke Schweyer defeated Sarah Cantlay at No. 5 to even the match score at 1-1, but Anais Dallara put the 49ers back on top, winning the first set 6-4 over Courtney Byron and then rallying from being down 5-2 in the second set to win 7-6 in a tiebreaker.
Anna Jeczmionka, replacing Malenovska in the singles lineup and playing at No. 6, beat Hannah Holladay 7-6 (5), 6-1 to bring the 49ers to within a match of the win, and then Armstrong, now playing at No. 2 singles, defeated Rebecca Kwan 7-5, 6-2 to clinch the match for the 49ers.