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Tennis Release No. 6
BEACH, ‘BOWS TIED FOR FIRST
Long Beach State and Hawai‘i are both off to 2-0 starts in Big West women’s play.
The Beach are seeking a return to the top perch in 2019 after finishing in fifth place last season, their lowest placing since the league went to a round-robin schedule in 2006. LBSU has claimed nine regular season titles – shared or outright – since 2006. Hawai‘i, which won the regular season championship in 2017, finished in a three-way tie for third last year.
LBSU got to 2-0 with home wins over UC Riverside and CSUN. The Beach do not play another Big West match until March 2 at Cal State Fullerton.
Hawaii’s path to 2-0 included a win at UC Irvine last weekend. The ‘Bows also upended CSUN during the opening weekend of the season. UH also had a match at UC Riverside postponed due to rain last week. UH’s next scheduled Big West match, like LBSU, is for Tuesday, March 5 at Cal State Fullerton.
Long Beach State is the last remaining undefeated Big West women’s program this season. The Beach are off to a 4-0 start, their best since beginning the 2015 season with six straight wins. LBSU can match that start with a pair of wins this weekend in the Bay Area. Both San Francisco and Saint Mary’s are beckoning.
Two more women’s conference matches are on tap this week as UC Irvine visits UC Riverside and Cal Poly travels up north to meet UC Davis. It’s the first conference match for the Mustangs, while the Aggies finished 1-2 while playing three straight league opponents last week. The ‘Eaters are 1-1 and the Highlanders 0-1.
LIGHT SCHEDULE FOR MEN
A thin men’s schedule is on tap this week with just four contests. UC Davis plays a doubleheader against Holy Names and Stanford, UC Irvine hosts Pacific, and UC Santa Barbara welcomes Grand Canyon.
GAUCHO TRIO RANKED IN ITA SINGLES POLL
The Oracle/ITA men’s singles rankings featured three UC Santa Barbara players ranked within the top 125.
Senior Nicolas Moreno de Alboran is the highest ranked player among the three Gauchos. He’s No. 14 this week. Teammate Joseph Guillin is ranked No. 27, while sophomore Victor Krustev sits at No. 116.
Despite the three ranked players, UCSB has struggled recently with three straight losses to San Diego, Drake and Utah State. The Gauchos hope the schedule fuels a resurgence with the next four matches taking place at home.
INDIAN WELLS HOSTS BIG WEST TOURNAMENT
Indian Wells Tennis Garden is hosting the Big West Men’s and Women’s Tennis Tournament for the 16th consecutive year. One of the premier facilities in the United States – and a host to the BNP Paribas Open – Indian Wells will host all six men’s and nine women’s teams from April 25-28. Since 2004, the first year the tournament was held at IWTG, the UCSB men have won nine titles while LBSU is the women’s leader with 11.