This Week in the Big West
The 2010-11 Big West season is here, with women's soccer entering their second weekend of play and women's volleyball bowing on Friday. Plenty of home action and nationally-ranked opponents dot both schedules. This week also marks the 2010-11 debut of women's volleyball and soccer contests on BigWest.TV.
A tough first weekend with five matches against nationally-ranked opponents leads into another challenging week of play. Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State will both face teams ranked in the Top 25 nationally. Cal State Fullerton hosts BYU Monday afternoon, while Long Beach State will travel to College Station, Texas to face Washington State and Virginia Tech.
Cal State Fullerton will make their 2010 BigWest.TV debut with their home match against Eastern Washington on Sunday. This marks the third year that the Titans will broadcast select home women's soccer games on BigWest.TV. As a special bonus for fans, this weekend's game will be available FREE OF CHARGE.
Other home action includes UC Santa Barbara hosting Saint Joseph's and UC Riverside facing Seattle on Friday. Come Sunday, Saint Joseph's will travel south to Cal State Northridge as Seattle ventures to Irvine to face the Anteaters. Pacific will also have their home opener Sunday against regional rival Sacramento State.
Women's Soccer Pre-Season Coaches Poll
Women's Soccer Release #2
The 2010 women's volleyball season opens with a bang this week. Two-time defending Big West champion and 2010 pre-season favorite Long Beach State will be the lone team to open at home this season. The 49ers will host the Long Beach State Baden Classic Friday and Saturday, facing Rutgers, Sacred Heart and No. 25 Saint Mary's. All 49ers matches will air on BigWest.TV FREE OF CHARGE.
While The Beach opens at home, the rest of the Big West will be on the road facing plenty of stiff challenges in Top 25 competition. On tap for the Big West this week: No. 10 USC, No. 11 Cal, No. 18 Arizona and No. 23 LSU. This week will also mark the debut of new Pacific Tigers head coach Greg Gibbons.
Women's Volleyball Pre-Season Coaches Poll
Women's Volleyball Release #1
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This Week in the Big West is the one-stop listing of the top matches taking place across the Big West Conference! Each week, This Week in the Big West will highlight the games that fans won’t want to miss and critical match-ups home or away in one location. Keep in touch with the happenings around the conference!
 -- Aggieland Invitational Tourney (College Station, TX).
 -- OHANA Hotels & Resorts Shootout (Honolulu, HI).
 -- Texas A&M Tournament (College Station, TX).
 -- Long Beach State Baden Classic (Long Beach, CA).
 -- Shamrock Invitational (South Bend, IN).
 -- Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational (Los Angeles, CA).
 -- San Diego State Invitational (San Diego, CA).
 -- Utah Classic (Salt Lake City, UT).
 -- Washington State Tournament (Pullman, WA).
 -- Fresno State Invitational (Fresno, CA).
 -- Cal Molten Classic (Berkeley, CA).