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Pacific, UC Davis Open League Play In Men's Tennis

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MW Tennis Release No. 2


An early men's tennis conference match is on this week's docket as Pacific travels to UC Davis, while Cal Poly highlights action on the women's side with a trip to No. 1 Stanford.


Early Conference Match Highlights Tennis Action

The first men’s tennis conference match takes place on Saturday when Pacific travels to UC Davis in a battle of northern California rivals.  Both schools are looking for their first wins after playing tough non-conference competition last week.  The Aggies lost to No. 54 Santa Clara while the Tigers were toppled by No. 26 Washington, No. 43 Boise State and Oregon.  UCD owns a 2-1 edge over Pacific in Big West matches since joining the conference in 2007-08.
Other men’s tennis action includes UC Irvine taking part in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Columbus, Ohio.  The Anteaters face No. 69 South Carolina in the opening match, then face either host Ohio State or William & Mary.  The Anteaters are playing a formidable schedule that began last week with setbacks to No. 15 Texas Tech and No. 21 Pepperdine.  Cal Poly heads to the Pacific Northwest to battle Portland State and No. 26 Washington.

Cal Poly highlights the women’s side of the ledger with its appearance in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Palo Alto, Calif.  The Mustangs drew the nation’s No. 1 team and host Stanford in their opening contest.  No. 39 Oklahoma or No. 29 UNLV looms in the consolation or championship round of the tournament for Cal Poly.  Cal State Northridge hosts No. 49 Arizona and UC Irvine welcomes No. 58 San Diego State to round out the action against ranked competition.

Five Teams Stay In The Campbell/ITA Rankings
The most recent Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll came out on Jan. 25, and a total of five Big West men’s and women’s teams were represented.  Long Beach State remained at No. 42 in the women’s poll, followed by No. 63 UC Irvine and No. 65 Cal Poly.  In doubles, the Mustang duo of Alexa Lee and Amy Markhoff are ranked No. 65.

UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara are ranked No. 56 and No. 61, respectively, in the men’s poll.  Anteater newcomer Chris Kearney, a junior transfer from the University of North Carolina, owns the No. 33 national ranking in singles.

Indian Wells To Host Big West Tennis Championships
For the eighth straight year, Indian Wells Tennis Garden is hosting the Big West Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championship.  One of the most prestigious facilities in the United States, Indian Wells will host the six men’s and nine women’s teams from April 28-May 1.  The UC Irvine women and men swept the 2010 crowns, halting Long Beach State’s streak of six straight women’s titles and UC Santa Barbara’s string of four consecutive championships.