Big West Men's and Women's Tennis Championships
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Thursday, April 29 - Sunday, May 2
The 2010 Big West Conference Tennis Championships will take place Thursday, April 29 through Sunday, May 2 at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a championship facility home to the BNP Paribas Open. The Big West Championships are played on 18 of the competition courts. This is the seventh straight year that the Big West Conference and Indian Wells Tennis Garden are partnering to host the tennis championships.
UC Irvine Wins First Men's Tennis Title Since 2005
UC Irvine earned a 4-0 victory over Cal Poly Sunday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden to capture the championship of the 2010 Big West Men's Tennis Tournament. The Anteaters won their first title since 2005, and a conference program record 13th overall.
The Anteaters pounced on the Mustangs early, collecting the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 singles. The No. 1 team of Zac Tsai and Steven Henderson defeated Jordan Bridge and Alex Sonesson, 8-2. The clinching match came at No. 3 when Sam Gould and Khunpol Issara topped Blake Wardman and Brian McPhee, 8-3.
In singles, the Anteaters were victorious at the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 positions. Shimpei Suzuki defeated Drew Jacobs 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3 and Ryan Mayer followed with a 6-1, 7-5 triumph over Sebastion Bell at No. 6.
Henderson won a hard fought match against Sonesson at No. 4 to wrap up the match and give Trevor Kronemann his first championship as the UCI head coach. Kronemann won four straight titles as a player for the Anteaters from 1987-90.
UCI improved to 17-11 on the year and earned the Big West's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championship. The selection show will be televised between 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4 on ESPNews.
UC Irvine Claims First Women's Tennis Title In School History
After losing the doubles point, UC Irvine rebounded to win four straight singles matches to defeat Long Beach State 4-1 in the championship of the 2010 Big West Women's Tennis Tournament Sunday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. It was the first women's tennis title in school history for the UCI program.
UC Irvine's victory also ended Long Beach State's reign of six consecutive tournament championships, tying a Big West record. The Anteaters had previously lost to the 49ers in the championship match on four previous occasions, including 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009.
The Anteaters started the match in 1-0 hole as the 49ers claimed the doubles point. Sarah Cantlay and Julie Luzar won at No. 3 against Brooke Bartlett and April Bisharat. Jaklin Alawi and Rachel Manasse beat Hannah Holladay and Rebecca Kwan at No. 1. Both matches ended in identical 8-2 scores.
UCI reeled off singles victories at the top and bottom of their lineup to win the match. Bisharat earned a 6-0, 6-3 win against Anais Dallara at No. 2 to knot the match at 1-1.
Rebecca Kwan posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 5 over Anna Jeczmionka and Kristina Smith followed with a 6-3, 6-3 decision versus Cantlay at No. 6.
The match ended at the No. 1 position. Courtney Byron outlasted Alawi 7-5, 6-4 as matches at No. 3 and No. 4 were abandoned.
UCI improved to 13-10 on the year and earned the Big West's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championship. Long Beach State fell to 19-6 and awaits a potential postseason at-large bid. The selection show will be televised between 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4 on ESPNews.
UC Irvine Knocks Off Pacific, 4-1
UC Irvine defeated Pacific by a 4-1 score in a men's semifinal match Saturday afternoon.
The No. 3 seeded Anteaters collected the doubles point for an early 1-0 lead. UCI's Sam Gould and Khunpol Issara defeated Renan Delsin and Fernando Ristow by an 8-6 score to clinch the point at No. 3.
UCI quickly picked up two additional points in singles to take a 3-0 lead. Steven Henderson toppled Vegerd Veskimagi 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5 singles, followed by Khunpol Issara's 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Karl Paaro at No. 6.
No. 2 seed Pacific tried to get back into the hunt, picking up a win in No. 1 singles when Artem Gramma won his match against Fabian Matthews. Gramma was leading 7-6 (1), 5-3 when Matthews retired.
However, the Anteaters squashed any hope of a Tiger comeback with the performance of No. 2 player Sam Gould. He outlasted Pacific's Ivan Castro in three sets, earning a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory to collect the fourth and deciding point of the match.
The Tigers led in the two remaining matches but those did not finish when the match was completed. They concluded their season at 9-12.
UCI, now 16-11 on the season, makes its second straight trip to the conference tournament final. The Anteaters are looking to win their first championship since 2005.
Cal Poly Squeaks By UC Santa Barbara In 4-3 Thriller
Cal Poly overcame a 2-0 deficit and won four of the final five singles contests to cement a 4-3 victory over UC Santa Barbara in a semifinal showdown Saturday.
The Mustangs advance to their first Big West Tournament final since 2007 and aim to win their first title. The top-seeded Mustangs improved to 9-13 with the victory.
UCSB (14-11) saw its streak of four consecutive tournament titles at Indian Wells Tennis Garden end with the defeat. The Gauchos also had an 11-match winning streak at Indian Wells dating back to 2005 snapped.
Brian McPhee clinched the match for Cal Poly at No. 5 singles. He came back from a one-set deficit to squeeze past Mathieu Forget 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. McPhee's win completed an exhausting effort and a match which lasted over four hours.
The Mustangs started their comeback from the 2-0 hole at opposite ends of the lineup. Senior Rob Foy beat Scott Hohenstein 6-1, 6-4 to grab Cal Poly's first point. Freshman Jordan Bridge then pulled Cal Poly even with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 victory over Philip Therp at No. 1. It was one of four singles matches that went to a third set.
Alex Sonesson gave CP its first lead at 3-2 when, like McPhee, he overcame a first set deficit. Sonesson notched a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win against Lucas Sudow.
With UCSB reeling, freshman Benjamin Recknagel restored some order, albeit temporarily, as he knocked off Cal Poly counterpart Matt Fawcett 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-1. That set up the heroics from McPhee at his No. 5 position.
Cal Poly, which plays UC Irvine for the title on Sunday at 9:00 a.m., has never met the Anteaters in the title match.
Long Beach State Outlasts Cal Poly, 4-2
Long Beach State is one step away from claiming its seventh consecutive Big West Women's Tennis Tournament title after defeating Cal Poly, 4-2, in semifinal action at Indian Wells Tennis Garden Saturday.
The 49ers denied the Mustangs the doubles point for just the fifth time in 23 spring dual matches, winning at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Suzie Matzenauer and Brittany Blalock captured an 8-5 win at No. 1 for Cal Poly, but the 49ers rebounded at the other two positions. LBSU clinched the point when Sarah Cantlay and Julie Luzar won 8-5 at No. 3 over Diane Filip and Ashley Pane.
Singles play started out heavily in LBSU's favor. The 49ers staked themselves to a 3-0 lead as Deborah Armstrong made quick work of Steffi Wong at No. 3, winning 6-1, 6-0. Rachel Manasse followed with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph at No. 4 against Diane Filip.
But the Mustangs rebounded as Matzenauer got them on the board at No. 2. She recovered from a first set loss to defeat Anais Dallara 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. Alexa Lee pulled the Mustangs within a point with her 6-4, 6-4 decision against Anna Jeczmionka.
With the No. 1 court in progress, Long Beach State clinched the match at No. 6 when Cantlay outlasted Jocelyn Davis 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.
LBSU improved to 19-5 on the year with the win. Cal Poly dropped to 16-7 with the loss.
UC Irvine Wins 4-3 Against UC Santa Barbara
UC Irvine defeated UC Santa Barbara by a 4-3 score in a women's tennis semifinal match Saturday morning.
The Anteaters captured the doubles point to start the match. Courtney Byron and Kristina Smith pulled out a tight one at No. 2, defeating Jordan Dockendorf and Natalia Lozano 8-6. The previous matches went to UCI at No. 3 and UCSB at No. 1.
In singles, UCSB tied the match at No. 3 when Tova Hausman defeated Stephanie Hammel 6-1, 6-1. Byron registered a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 against Sofia Novak as the Anteaters retook the lead at 2-1. The Gauchos evened the score again as Jill Damion knocked off Brooke Bartlett 6-3, 7-5 at No. 4.
UCSB grabbed its first lead of the match, 3-2, getting a 6-0, 7-6 (8) win from Lozano at No. 2 against April Bisharat.
The Anteaters claimed the final two points from the No. 5 and No. 6 positions. Rebecca Kwan defeated Annabel Gledden 6-0, 6-3 at No. 5 to tie the contest at 3-3. The clinching point came at No. 6 as Smith won 6-1, 7-5 over Bryanna Ojeda.
UCI improved to 12-10 on the season. UCSB dropped to 13-11.
Cal Poly Captures Hard Fought Win Against Cal State Northridge
Cal Poly battled to a 4-1 win against Cal State Northridge in a women's quarterfinal match Friday.
The Mustangs got wins from their top two players and another from the No. 6 player in their singles order, and won the doubles point for the 18th time in 22 spring matches.
Brittany Blalock picked up the deciding point at No. 1 singles for the Mustangs. She defeated CSUN's Nina Jaworowski 7-6 (2), 6-1 to seal the victory.
Suzie Matzenauer rolled to a 6-2, 6-3 win against Brooke Doane at No. 2 and Jocelyn Davis won a 6-3, 7-5 joust against Matador Anna Yang at No. 6. The Matadors got on the board at No. 3 singles when Nigora Sirojiddinova triumphed in three sets against Steffi Wong, defeating the senior 6-1, 2-6, 6-0.
The Matadors had a match point at No. 5 singles and the No. 4 match just entered the third set when Blalock closed out the proceedings.
Cal Poly got the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions.
The Mustangs improved to 16-6 on the year while the Matadors finished their 2010 campaign at 12-8.
Cal Poly takes on No. 1 seed Long Beach State on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. in semifinal action.
UC Irvine Outlasts Pacific
UC Irvine defeated Pacific by a score of 4-2 in a closely contested quarterfinal match on Friday.
The Anteaters claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3. Brooke Bartlett and April Bisharat defeated Christina Goehl and Olga Gumenyuk, 8-4, at No. 3. But Pacific responded with a win at No. 1, as Jenifer Widjaja and Sasha Fisher downed Hannah Holladay and Rebecca Kwan, 8-3. UCI won the point when Courtney Byron and Kristina Smith beat Julia Hansen and Sarah Irvin.
Pacific evened the match at 1-1 when Hansen recorded a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Stephanie Hammel at No. 3 singles in what was Hammel's first action in well over a month.
The lead see-sawed as UCI went up 2-1 on Kwan's win at No. 5 against Kateryna Nezhura, followed a match-tying 6-3, 6-3 decision by Widjaja over Byron.
UCI turned to a pair of freshmen to secure the win. Smith outlasted Sasha Fisher at No. 6 by a 6-3, 6-4 count to give the Anteaters a 3-2 lead. Bisharat closed things out in her 7-6 (2), 6-1 triumph against Goehl at No. 2.
The Anteaters moved to 11-10 on the season with the win. The Tigers finished their season at 8-14.
UC Santa Barbara Topples UC Davis, 4-1
No. 2 seed UC Santa Barbara picked up a 4-1 win against No. 7 seed UC Davis in a women's tennis quarterfinal Friday morning.
The Gauchos got off to a good start by capturing the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Jill Damion and Asagi Onaga finished their match first with an 8-0 triumph at No. 3 over Noelle Eades and Lauren Curry. Tova Hausman and Bryanna Ojeda collected the doubles point for UCSB after dispatching Desiree Stone and Herzyl Legaspi by an 8-3 score at No. 1.
UC Davis tied the match as Dahra Zamudio rolled to a 6-3, 6-1 victory against Natalia Lozano. Zamudio finished the season winning 10 of her last 11 matches.
From there, the Gauchos reeled off three straight points to take the victory. Damion topped Curry 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4. Ojeda improved to 14-0 on the year in duals with her 6-2, 6-2 win against Sidney Brady. UCSB closed out the contest in the third position as Hausman defeated Legaspi 6-2, 6-2.
The Gauchos are now 13-10 on the year and face the winner of the UC Irvine-Pacific match in Saturday's semifinals at 9:00 a.m.
The Aggies finished the season at 9-11.
Long Beach State Blanks Cal State Fullerton, 4-0
Top-seeded Long Beach State knocked off No. 8 seed Cal State Fullerton, 4-0, in a women's tennis quarterfinal match Friday morning.
The 49ers earned the doubles point when Sarah Cantlay and Julie Luzar beat Erin Wiesener and Karina Ahkmedova at No. 3, 8-1. Earlier, Anais Dallara and Deborah Armstrong toppled Jaycee Cruz and Malorie dela Cruz, 8-2, at No. 2.
LBSU wrapped up the match with three quick points in succession in singles play. Cantlay got things started with a 6-0, 6-0 whitewash of Lani Agsalud at No. 6. Dallara followed with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph at No. 2 over Monica Rodriguez. Rachel Manasse clinched the match at No. 4, defeating Jaycee Cruz 6-1, 6-1.
Action at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 singles were discontinued after the match's conclusion.
The 49ers improved to 18-5 on the year. They will meet the winner of Cal Poly-Cal State Northridge in Saturday's semifinals at 9:00 a.m.
The Titans ended the year at 4-16.
UC Santa Barbara Defeats UC Davis To Move Into Semifinals
UC Santa Barbara breezed to a 4-0 win against UC Davis in a men's tennis first round match Friday.
The Gauchos improved to 14-10 on the season in winning their 11th straight Big West Tournament contest, a streak that dates back to 2005.
UCSB took control of the match early by securing the doubles point and staking a 1-0 lead. Scott Hohenstein and Evan Jurgensen won 8-3 against Toki Sherbakov and Connor Coates at No. 3 to start things out. Alex Konigsfeldt and Taylor Chavez-Goggin clinched the point at No. 1 with an 8-1 triumph over Nick Lopez and Hunter Lee.
In singles play, the Gauchos continued to play tough as Mathieu Forget made the score 2-0 with his 6-1, 6-1 win over Chris Aria. The Gauchos closed the match out with two more victories, including Scott Hohenstein's 6-1, 6-2 triumph at No. 5 against Hunter Lee. Konigsfeldt finished the match with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 2 against Sherbakov.
The Aggies completed their season at 8-13.
UCSB faces off against top seeded Cal Poly in the Big West semifinals at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.
UC Irvine Defeats UC Riverside In Men's Tennis First Round
UC Irvine dominated at the bottom of the singles ladder to take a 4-0 victory over UC Riverside in the first round of the Big West Men's Tennis Championship at Indian Wells Tennis Garden Friday.
The Anteaters won at the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 positions in singles after claiming the doubles point. Ryan Mayer defeated Mike Conroy 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 and Stephen Stege rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Ryan Stanbury.
The clinching point came at the No. 4 position where Steven Henderson upended Mike Conroy 6-2, 6-1.
UCI, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, won matches at No. 3 and No. 1 for the doubles points. Zac Tsai and Henderson clinched the point with their 8-4 triumph against Quoc Doan and John Park.
The sixth-seeded Highlanders complete their season at 3-17.
UCI advances to Saturday's semifinal action against No. 2 seed Pacific at 3:00 p.m.
Titans Advance In Women's Tennis Championship
Tiffany Mai won at No. 1 singles to complete Cal State Fullerton's 4-1 victory against UC Riverside in the first round of the Big West Women's Tennis Championship at Indian Wells Tennis Garden Thursday.
Mai's 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Nadia Sakhakorn improved the eighth-seeded Titans to 4-15 on the season. CSF will face No. 1 seed and six-time defending tournament champion Long Beach State on Friday at 9:00 a.m. in quarterfinal action.
UC Riverside finished its season at 4-13.
The Titans captured the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Mai teamed with Monica Rodriguez to win 8-1 against UCR's Roxanne Plata and Angelique Corpuz. Erin Wiesener and Karina Akhmedova battled to an 8-5 win against the Highlanders' No. 3 tandem of Taylor Raney and Natalie McKay.
UCR evened the match at 1-1 as Raney breezed to a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles over Rodriguez. But the Titans claimed the ensuing three points. Malorie dela Cruz defeated Donna McCullough 6-2, 6-0 and Akhmedova won 6-3, 6-1 versus Roxanne Plata.
MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Friday, April 30 - First Round
Match 4 - No. 3 UC Irvine (4), No. 6 UC Riverside (0)
Match 7 - No. 4 UC Santa Barbara (4), No. 5 UC Davis (0)
Saturday, May 1 - Semifinals
Match 10 - No. 1 Cal Poly (4), No. 4 UC Santa Barbara (3)
Match 11 - No. 3 UC Irvine (4), No. 2 Pacific (1)
Sunday, May 2 - Championship
Match 13 - No. 3 UC Irvine (4), No. 1 Cal Poly (0)
WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Thursday, April 29 - First Round
Match 1 - No. 8 Cal State Fullerton (4), No. 9 UC Riverside (1)
Friday, April 30 - Quarterfinals
Match 2 - No. 1 Long Beach State (4), No. 8 Cal State Fullerton (0)
Match 3 - No. 2 UC Santa Barbara (4), No. 7 UC Davis (1)
Match 5 - No. 4 Cal Poly (4), No. 5 Cal State Northridge (1)
Match 6 - No. 3 UC Irvine (4), No. 6 Pacific (2)
Saturday, May 1 - Semifinals
Match 8 - No. 1 Long Beach State (4), No. 4 Cal Poly (2)
Match 9 - No. 3 UC Irvine (4), No. 2 UC Santa Barbara (3)
Sunday, May 2 - Championship
Match 12 - No. 3 UC Irvine (4), No. 1 Long Beach State (1)
DIRECTIONS TO THE VENUE
General: Take Interstate 10 Freeway towards Palm Springs. Exit the I-10 Freeway @ Washington. Make a right onto Washington, heading south of the freeway approximately three (3) miles to Miles Drive. Turn right onto Miles and proceed around the venue to the back parking lot.
PREVIOUS MEN'S CHAMPIONS AT INDIAN WELLS
2010 - UC Irvine
2009 - UC Santa Barbara
2008 - UC Santa Barbara
2007 - UC Santa Barbara
2006 - UC Santa Barbara
2005 - UC Irvine
2004 - Pacific
PREVIOUS WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS AT INDIAN WELLS
2010 - UC Irvine
2009 - Long Beach State
2008 - Long Beach State
2007 - Long Beach State
2006 - Long Beach State
2005 - Long Beach State
2004 - Long Beach State