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Golden Eagles Dominate on the tennis court

29th ranked Cal State LA nearly sweeps Holy Names

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Iris Raileanu

Iris Raileanu

J. Aaron Delgado

J. Aaron Delgado

Iris Raileanu

Oscar Alanis, Intern

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It was Faculty, Friends and Family Day at Cal State LA, and the Golden Eagles women’s tennis team cruised to victory over Holy Names University Eagles. In a match that took place at the Cal State LA Tennis Complex, the Golden Eagles nearly completed a sweep over the visiting team, 8-1.

The Golden Eagles started the day off hot as the No.1 doubles team of Nozomi Matsuoka and Kayleigh Hall easily won 8-1. Their performance was followed by two 8-4 victories by the No.3 team of Iris Raileanu and Pyper Brown and the No.2 team of Elizaveta Sokolova and Luciana Di Laura.

After sweeping Holy Names in doubles, Cal State LA did not disappoint in singles matches. Raileanu was the first to finish her match and won at No. 4 singles 6-0 and 6-0. She was followed by No.2 Hall who won her match at 6-1, 6-1. Then No.6 Brown finished her sets at 6-3, 6-3. No. 5 Di Laura ended up winning 6-2, 6-2 and No. 3 Sokolova won 6-1 and 6-2.

In the last match of the day, the Golden Eagles only loss came at the expense of Matsuoka who was in a battle of the No.1 singles. The senior out of Saitama, Japan won the first set at 6-2, but dropped the second set 2-6 setting up a third. Matsuoka ended up losing the tiebreaker 10-4.

With the dominating performance over Holy Names, Cal State LA advances to a record of 6-2. The Golden Eagles are currently ranked at No. 29 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

In addition to witnessing the win over Holy Names, fans were also treated to pizza. And, head coach Sandy Kriezel, surprised her team and others in attendance by dying her hair purple in support of her players stepping out of their comfort zones. The Golden Eagles cheered loudly for their coach.

Next up for the women’s tennis team is a match against the UC San Diego Tritons at the Cal State LA Tennis Complex beginning at 11 a.m. on Feb 25. The Golden Eagles have another home game coming up on Mar. 3 at 2 p.m. versus Cal State Northridge Matadors.

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