Long Beach State Looks To Extend Conference Win Streak
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This Week in the Big West - February 1-7, 2016
Big West Tennis Release No. 4
Long Beach State, winner of the last two women's tennis regular season and tournament titles, attempts to extend its 20-match winning streak against Big West opponents Friday at CSUN. The Beach has not lost a conference match since March of 2013.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Conference Play Gets A Head Start
Two-time defending Big West regular season champion Long Beach State begins its quest for a third straight crown, traveling to CSUN for a Friday battle.
The Beach brings a 20-match regular season conference win streak into the tilt with the Matadors. The last time LBSU lost a Big West match was on Mar. 2, 2013. Since the Big West went to a round-robin scheduling format in 2006, the Long Beach State program has dominated to the tune of eight regular season titles (seven outright, one shared). The Beach is 76-3 (.962) against Big West opponents since 2006.
CSUN is coming off a 15-6 season and a 5-3 finish in Big West play. The Matadors earned their first win of 2016 with a 4-3 triumph against Loyola Marymount last week, while the Beach toppled another West Coast Conference opponent in San Francisco.
CSUN also hosts UC Riverside to complete its opening weekend of conference competition. Cal Poly, under first-year head coach Katharina Winterhalter, treks to the islands to take on Hawai‘i in the conference opener for both teams.
UC Davis Takes Big West Opener Over Hawai‘i
UC Davis, which won its first Big West men’s tennis regular season title in 2015 as co-champion with UC Irvine, opened up this year’s conference slate with a resounding 6-1 victory over Hawai‘i on Tuesday. The Aggies won for the fifth time in their last six matches and extended their home winning streak to 11 straight dating back to a 4-3 loss to Hawai‘i in the spring of 2014. UC Davis has performed solidly at the Marya Welch Tennis Center, with wins in 21 of its last 24 at home.
Ranked Big West Squads Populate ITA Rankings
The Oracle/ITA Division I rankings continue to recognize Big West squads as four men’s and four women’s representatives appeared in the Feb. 3 edition.
UC Santa Barbara is the top-ranked men’s squad from the Big West. The Gauchos are No. 48 this week, and get a big opportunity to rise even higher with a match at No. 43 Pepperdine on Sunday. UC Davis (No. 57), Cal Poly (No. 58) and UC Irvine (No. 70) also are in the mix. The women’s rankings include Long Beach State at No. 39, UC Santa Barbara at No. 59, Hawai‘i No. 67 and UC Irvine No. 74, last updated on Jan. 27.
Lucky No. 13 At Indian Wells
Indian Wells Tennis Garden is hosting the Big West Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championship for the 13th consecutive year. One of the premier facilities in the United States, also a host of the BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells will host all six men’s and nine women’s teams from April 27-30.