Cal State Fullerton Tests Undefeated Record Against Long Beach State
Big West Tennis Release No. 9
Unbeaten Cal State Fullerton (11-0, 2-0) seeks to extend its school record win streak against the three-time defending regular season women's tennis champion Long Beach State (7-2, 3-1) on Friday at the Titan Tennis Courts.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State To Tangle
The marquee match on this week’s schedule is a showdown between two of the teams vying for the Big West women’s tennis regular season championship. On Friday, three-time defending champion Long Beach State visits an undefeated Cal State Fullerton squad seeking its first title.
As the dominant power in the Big West, the 49ers have posted a 79-4 record against conference opponents in regular season matches, dating back to the 2006 season. LBSU sustained one of those four defeats on Feb. 25 in Honululu, falling 4-3 to first-place Hawai‘i, which is 4-0 in league play so far. Head coach Jenny Hilt-Costello’s 49ers have captured - either outright or shared – nine of the 11 regular season crowns since the Big West instituted round-robin play.
Cal State Fullerton’s program is on an upward trajectory under head coach Dianne Matias. The Titans established school records for total victories (17) and Big West wins (6) in 2016, and sported their highest tournament seed (No. 3) in program history. Now she has the Titans at 11-0 to start the season, the program’s best start and the longest win streak in school annals. Included in that success are wins over UC Riverside and UC Irvine to put CSF at 2-0 in Big West action.
After the road match, LBSU returns home for a six-match homestand. The Titans continue a stretch of five straight at home on Sunday against UTEP.
UC Davis Hosts Golden State Invitational
The UC Davis men’s tennis team puts its home court winning streak on the line as co-hosts of the Golden State Invitational this week. Hosting with Causeway Cup rival Sacramento State, all eight teams in the tournament will play three matches over three days. The tourney opens on Friday with UC Davis hosting Portland, New Mexico State and Saint Mary’s at the Marya Welch Tennis Center. The Aggies drew Saint Mary’s as their first opponent, seeking to extend a 20-match win streak at home that dates back to the spring of 2014. The teams competing at Sacramento State include Grand Canyon, Nevada and Northern Colorado. The championship match is at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday in Davis. The Aggies have won six of their last seven matches. Seven of their 11 contests have gone down to the wire and decided by 4-3 scores.
Ranked Teams Invade Santa Barbara
Both UC Santa Barbara programs play host to highly ranked non-conference opponents this week. The men entertain No. 9 Baylor. The Bears represent the third top-10 team and fourth in the top-25 that the Gauchos will have faced this season. UCSB has come agonizingly close to springing upsets on No. 7 UCLA, No. 6 California and No. 21 Oregon, including 4-3 setbacks to the Bears and Ducks, but have not been able to surmount the challenge going 0-3 in those matchups. The Gaucho women host No. 39 Denver on Friday before traveling to No. 12 Pepperdine on Sunday. It will be the sixth and seventh time this season that UCSB has faced an opponent ranked in the ITA top 40.
Gaucho Duo Rises To No. 6 Nationally
The Mar. 7 ITA doubles rankings have placed UCSB duo Simon Freund and Morgan Mays at No. 6 in the country.