Women's Tennis Race Opens Up
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MW Tennis Release No. 8
The Big West women's tennis race added some intrigue after three-time defending champion Long Beach State lost its first regular season conference match in four years last week. UC Davis (4-0) and Cal Poly (3-0) currently occupy the top spot in the standings.
UC Santa Barbara was the team to upset the 49ers, which had won 31 straight Big West regular season matches and last lost on March 1, 2007 to UC Irvine. The Gauchos went on the road to deal the 49ers the 4-3 setback. LBSU, still a successful 8-2 on the season, remains a key contender in the race, but has some company as the Aggies, Mustangs, Gauchos and UC Irvine are all in the hunt.
The Aggies have won 10 straight matches but do not return to action until March 26 due to exams. Cal Poly, which handed UCSB a 5-2 defeat two days before the Gauchos sprung the upset in Long Beach, attempts to tie UCD in the standings with a match against Cal State Fullerton this week. The Gauchos head out on the road to face a competitive Cal State Northridge squad on Saturday.
On the men's side, UC Irvine won an important Big West match at UC Santa Barbara, churning out a 4-3 victory. The Anteaters ran their winning streak to seven straight and tried to make it eight against Cal Poly, but Sunday's match was rained out. The match, which could determine the regular season champion, has been rescheduled as a regular season finale on Saturday, April 23 in San Luis Obispo. The Mustangs captured a win against Big West foe UC Riverside to tie UCI at 1-0 for first place in the standings. UCSB remains a factor at 2-1 in league play, while Pacific has yet to play a conference match.
The men's schedule is light this week with just four matches, including key battles for Cal Poly and UC Irvine. The Mustangs travel to Fresno State while the Anteaters host TCU.