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Cal Poly Aims To Clinch No. 1 Seed In Women's Tennis Tournament

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MW Tennis Release No. 10

4/6/2011

Cal Poly travels to Long Beach State for a women's tennis showdown Saturday, with a Mustang victory assuring the program of the No. 1 seed at Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the conference tournament April 28-May 1.

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Cal Poly Women Look To Wrap Up Tournament No. 1 Seed
Big West Tournament seeding and title implications are in play when league-leading Cal Poly visits Long Beach State on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in a women's tennis showdown.  The Mustangs would clinch the No. 1 tournament seed and at least a share of the regular season conference championship with a win.  The obstacle is formidable as the 49ers are owners of three straight Big West regular season titles.  LBSU has captured four of the five previous crowns since the Big West went to a round-robin format in 2006.

Cal Poly (14-3, 6-0 Big West) is riding a season-best nine-match winning streak and owns the highest ranking of any Big West school at No. 42 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll.  Long Beach State (13-5, 4-1) has won five of its last seven contests with a No. 47 national ranking to its credit.  To defeat the Mustangs opens up the possibility of the 49ers attaining the No. 1 tournament seed with conference road matches against UC Davis and Pacific remaining.

The 49ers had won 31 consecutive regular season matches against Big West opponents over a four-year span before UC Santa Barbara halted the streak with a 4-3 triumph on March 5.  LBSU has won the last nine straight meetings against CP, a streak which began with the 2004 Big West Tournament semifinals.

Pivotal Match Looms Between Gauchos, Aggies
In addition to doing some scoreboard watching during Saturday's Cal Poly-Long Beach State battle, a couple of other championship contenders square off in northern California.  UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis, both 4-1 in conference play, are in the hunt as far as vying for the Big West championship.  The winner of the Gaucho-Aggie matchup would root for a subsequent LBSU victory, which means three schools would have only one conference defeat.

Men’s Tennis Takes Slight Break From Big West Play
Cal Poly (12-3, 3-0) and UC Irvine (10-5, 2-0) are the two remaining undefeated teams in Big West play going into the season's stretch run.  The Mustangs and Anteaters are scheduled to play each other on Saturday, April 23 in the regular season finale that may very well determine the champion and tournament No. 1 seed.  In the meantime, this week's schedule is entirely comprised of non-conference matchups.  UCI is the busiest of the bunch with four home matches against Loyola Marymount, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's and Portland.  UC Santa Barbara takes a roadtrip to the Lone Star State to face Texas-Arlington and No. 61 SMU, while Pacific remains home to face Gonzaga and No. 50 Santa Clara.

Ranked Teams Galore In Big West
The April 5 Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings shows that seven teams (five women, two men) are represented in the Big West.   Cal Poly leads the women's side at No. 42, followed closely behind by No. 47 Long Beach State.  UC Irvine (No. 60), UC Santa Barbara (No. 64) and UC Davis (No. 65) are also ranked.  Among the men's representatives, Cal Poly has attained a season-high No. 40 ranking.  UCI is ranked No. 49.