Tennis Swings Into Action This Weekend
Tennis Release No. 1
TENNIS SEASON GETS INTO FULL SWING
After playing a handful of matches last week, the 2019 Big West tennis season begins in earnest with three women’s and 12 men’s contests beginning on Thursday.
Defending Big West women’s tournament champion Hawai‘i enjoyed a solid start to the season with two victories last week. The Rainbow Wahine knocked off Baylor, a team ranked just outside of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association top 25, and won their first Big West match with a narrow 4-3 triumph over CSUN.
UH takes on Washington at home. UC Davis is the other women’s team in action, traveling to the state of Arizona to battle with Arizona State and Northern Arizona.
The men’s side features five of six teams in action. Reigning Big West men’s regular season and tournament champion starts the 2019 campaign at San Diego State.
Cal Poly, the runner-up in 2018, heads across the country to West Point, N.Y., to participate in the Arthur Ashe Invitational. The Mustangs face Yale, host Army and Michigan State in the three day event.
MORENO DE ALBORAN RANKED NO. 6 IN SINGLES
UC Santa Barbara senior Nicolas Moreno de Alboran earned a final fall singles ranking of No. 6 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Based on available records, the ranking is believed to be the highest by a Big West player since UNLV’s Roger Pettersson finished No. 8 in the final 1996 ITA poll. UC Irvine’s Mark Kaplan achieved a ranking of No. 5 in the final 1989 ITA poll.
Moreno de Alboran, the 2018 Big West Player of the Year and a three-time first team all-conference standout, earned the high praise on the basis of advancing to the semifinals of the ITA National Fall Championships and the quarterfinals of the ITA Southwest Regional.
The fall ITA rankings also placed UCSB junior Joseph Guillin at No. 22 in singles and Hawai‘i sophomore Blaz Seric at No. 124.
SEASON IN REVIEW
In 2018, Hawai‘i became the second-lowest seed in Big West Tournament history to win the women’s championship. The fourth-seeded Rainbow Wahine captured the crown and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history. Pacific, as a No. 7 seed in 2000, was the lowest seed in tourney history to hoist the crown.
The UC Santa Barbara men claimed the program’s third straight regular season title – all with undefeated 5-0 records – and captured their fourth straight Big West Tournament championship in Indian Wells. The Gauchos have won 16 straight regular season contests against Big West foes dating back to the 2015 season.
The UCSB men and women both won regular season titles in 2018, marking the first time since UC Irvine in 2013 that one school achieved dual championships.