Rhodes Tennis Center
In Fall 2008, Long Beach State finished the on-campus Rhodes Tennis Center. The 12 courts complex is named for 49er tennis player and alum Terry Rhodes in appreciation for his $1.25 million gift/endowment to the women's tennis program. Read More
In 19 seasons as head coach, Jenny Hilt-Costello has taken the 49er womens tennis program into the national elite. Reaching No. 18 in the national rankings in 2006 acknowledged the arrival of Beach Tennis during a run that has included 11 Big West titles and 15 consecutive nationally-ranked seasons. The results have all come versus a nationally ranked schedule, which includes multiple wins annually over opponents from the ACC, Big 10, Big 12 and Pac-12.
The Beach continued its regular-season dominance over Big West opponents in 2016, recording a third-straight unbeaten conference season. That pushes its active regular season winning streak over Big West teams to 28 matches. LBSU suffered an upset in the Big West Conference Tournament, but still claimed a conference title for the 13th consecutive year. Individually, junior Maeva Razakasoa was named Big West Player of the Year for the second time in her career, and received her first invitation to the NCAA Individual Championships.
During an unprecedented 15-year run, the 2006 and 2014 seasons stand out. In 2006, the 49ers reached the Top 20 for the first time in program history. Posting a 22-5 record versus 14 ranked opponents in 2006, the 49ers won their first NCAA tournament match while advancing to the round of 32 in the NCAA Championships before narrowly falling to the No. 2 team in the nation. The No. 26 final national ranking for the Beach was a 30 spot jump from the start of the season. The 2014 squad, featuring four freshman starters, posted a 21-3 record on the way to another Big West title before then knocking of #21 Tulsa in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Anais Dallara, following a stellar playing career as the winningest tennis player in Long Beach State history, is in her fourth year as the assistant coach.
During her four years at LBSU, Dallara established new program records for most career wins (185), most singles wins (98) and most singles wins in a season (30 in 2012). She is also second on the doubles win list (87). She had a career high ITA national ranking of No. 101.
A four-time All-Big West selection, Dalara went 11-0 during her senior campaign and 21-1 in her final two seasons of league play. Equally impressive was her doubles play where she also earned conference honors.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Karolina Rozenberg returns to the Beach as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2016-17 season. Rozenberg played four highly productive seasons at the Beach, and she currently stands second in program history in singles wins (94), third in overall wins (178), and sixth in doubles wins (84). During her playing career, she was named All-Big West in doubles twice, making the first team in 2013 and the second team as a senior in 2015.
With Rozenberg joining Anais Dallara on the coaching staff, LBSU head coach Jenny Hilt-Costello will be assisted by the two winningest singles players in Beach history this season. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Rozenberg graduated from Long Beach State in 2015 with a degree in international business.