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Cal State Fullerton Joins National Rankings

3/8/2016

Big West Tennis Release No. 9

The Cal State Fullerton women's tennis program entered the national rankings this week after a 10-1 start and eight-match winning streak.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

Cal State Fullerton Enters National Rankings
An eight-match winning streak and a 10-1 start, both program bests, has vaulted the Cal State Fullerton women’s tennis program into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association/Oracle national rankings.  The Titans entered the poll at No. 67 on Tuesday after defeating Utah State for its eighth straight win.

The Titans also improved to 3-0 in Big West play, their best start to a conference season, with Thursday’s defeat of No. 56 Hawai‘i.  CSF is tied for first place in the Big West with perennial conference champion Long Beach State, which knocked off UC Davis last week to move to 3-0 in league play as well.  UC Santa Barbara is 2-0 in the conference.

CSF journeys to Reno this weekend to take on host Nevada and Montana State in a neutral site match.  The Titans then return home to host four straight opponents, including Colorado State on Tuesday.

UC Davis Resumes Winning Streak
After three weeks of inactivity that resulted in the Aggies dropping out of the rankings, UC Davis made its return on Tuesday at No. 73.  The Aggies won their seventh straight contest on Thursday when they defeated Furman.  The seven in a row represents a program Division I record for longest winning streak.  Junior Bryce McKelvie has helped fuel that success with 11 straight dual match wins. 

UC Davis returns home for the first time in over a month on Wednesday when Fresno State visits the Marya Welch Tennis Center.  The Aggies then co-host the inaugural Golden State Invitational with Sacramento State this week.  Eastern Washington, Nevada, Saint Mary’s, UTSA, and Portland, will compete alongside the Aggies and the Hornets.

Gaucho Men Continue To Roll

Another men’s team playing extremely well is UC Santa Barbara, which toppled Sacramento State and San Francisco at home last week.  The Gauchos have won eight of their nine matches, and are in the midst of a six-match home stand.  They welcome UNLV this Friday to the Central Coast.

Long Beach State Hosts Pair Of Highly Ranked Opponents

Long Beach State looks to make a solid case for returning to the national rankings with two formidable home tests.  The Beach battles No. 17 Pepperdine and No. 31 North Carolina State at the Rhodes Tennis Center, seeking to improve upon their 6-0 home record.  The program has won 12 straight home matches dating back to last season.

Doubles Teams Extraordinaires
Two UC Santa Barbara duos are ranked in the top 25 of the ITA doubles poll.  The women’s doubles tandem of Palina Dubavets and Stefani Stojic are No. 19, while men’s counterparts Nathan Eshmade and Miles Seemann are No. 23.  In addition, LBSU’s pairing of Laura Eales and Hayley Thompson are ranked No. 48.  The Cal Poly duo of Corey Pang and Ben Donovan entered the men’s doubles rankings this week at No. 68.