This Week in the Big West - September 20-26, 2010
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Women's vollebyall will be the first fall sport to hit conference play, with teams beginning Big West play this weekend. Meanwhile, men's and women's soccer continue their non-conference schedules with the men's teams a week away from conference play and women's teams two weeks off.
***UPDATED Friday, September 24 - The Sunday match between Cal State Northridge and Air Force has been moved up to 11:00 am PT in anticipation of extreme heat in Northridge. For more information, click here.***
Ten matches on the schedule for the week are highlighted by two matches against nationally-ranked UCLA, at UC Santa Barbara on Friday and at Cal State Fullerton Sunday. Cal Poly hosted UCLA last week and drew the tenth-largest regular-season crowd in NCAA history. The Gauchos are coming off their first two wins of the season while the Titans put down Pitt on Sunday. The match at Cal State Fullerton will be broadcast on BigWest.TV.
In other home action, UC Riverside will finish off their four-match homestand against Air Force and Loyola Marymount. Road tournament action this weekend includes UC Irvine at the UNLV Rebel Classic and UC Davis at the Husky Fever Classic in Seattle, WA.
Men's Soccer Weekly Release #4
Just two weeks remain until the beginning of conference play for Big West squads, with six of thirteen matches on the schedule slated on home fields. UC Irvine will host the Anteater Invitational this weekend, with UC Riverside, Nevada and Oregon State participating. The 'Eaters are the hottest team in the Big West with a 6-1-2 record on the year and a six-match unbeaten streak.
Atop the Big West standings along side the 'Eaters are the Long Beach State 49ers, who will host nationally-ranked Arizona State Friday. UC Davis and Pacific are also at home this weekend, each hosting two matches. Both will play Montana, with the Tigers hosting the Grizzlies on Friday before the Aggies see them on Sunday. UC Davis will also take on Air Force, while Pacific, fresh off their tie against Top-25 team Cal, will have a rematch against Hawai'i. The Tigers opened the season with a win over the Rainbows back in August.
Women's Soccer Release #6
Conference play kicks off Friday, but some loose-end non-conference matches will take place early in the week before the chase for the Big West title really gets underway. Two matches against regional rivals open the week on Tuesday, as UC Irvine faces their second nationally-ranked opponent in two matches, when USC travels to the Bren Center. In Tuesday's other contest, Cal State Northridge, riding a three-match win streak and a tournament title at the UNLV Classic, will square off against Loyola Marymount. Wednesday sees Cal State Fullerton hosting nationally-ranked San Diego. The Titans swept through last weekend, winning their own Titan Classic title without dropping a set.
Conference play begins Thursday when NorCal rivals Pacific and UC Davis meet in Stockton. On Friday, there are three Big West matches at Cal State Northridge, UC Riverside and UC Irvine. The Matadors host UC Santa Barbara, the Highlanders will take on UC Davis, and the Anteaters square off against the hottest team in the Big West, Cal Poly, who are riding an eight-match unbeaten streak. The Mustangs also earned coach Jon Stevenson his 100th career victory as a Cal Poly head coach last week.
Big West play continues Saturday with pre-season favorite and two-time defending conference champs Long Beach State opening league play against rival Cal State Fullerton. The surprising Pacific Tigers, who have some impressive wins under first-year head coach Greg Gibbons, also join conference play Saturday at UC Riverside.
Women's Volleyball Release #5
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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!
 -- Husky Fever Classic (Seattle, WA)
 -- UNLV Rebel Classic (Las Vegas, NV)
 -- Anteater Invitational (Irvine, CA)