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Long Beach State Aims To Lock Down Women's Tennis No. 1 Seed

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Long Beach State climbed over one obstacle in previous conference unbeaten Cal Poly last week, and looks to sidestep two more roadblocks this week in UC Davis and Pacific.  A successful foray into northern California will net the 49ers their fourth straight No. 1 seed in the Big West Women's Tennis Championship.


Women’s Tournament No. 1 Seed, Regular Season Title Up For Grabs
Crucial matches to determine the No. 1 seed in the 2011 Big West Women’s Tennis Championship will be played this weekend.  Three schools – Cal Poly, Long Beach State and UC Davis – are vying for that No. 1 designation as tournament action takes place at Indian Wells Tennis Garden April 28-May 1.

Long Beach State has the cleanest path to the No. 1 seed.  The 49ers (15-5, 5-1) control their own destiny, needing wins at UC Davis and Pacific to secure the top seed for the fourth straight year.  In that scenario, Cal Poly (14-5, 6-1) is capable of tying LBSU with a win at rival UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, but would lose the head-to-head tiebreaker based on a 6-1 loss to the 49ers on April 9.  The Mustangs can capture the No. 1 seed with a win at UCSB coupled with an LBSU loss to either UC Davis or Pacific.  Meanwhile, UC Davis has its sights set on clinching the No. 1 seed and at least a share of the regular season championship.  The Aggies become the top seed in the event they topple LBSU and UCSB defeats Cal Poly.  Cal Poly wins the head-to-head tiebreaker over UC Davis in the event both teams tie in the final standings. 

The 49ers picked up their most important win of the year with the triumph against Cal Poly last weekend.  It solidified LBSU’s contender status, but UC Davis and Pacific still present rocky obstacles as the 49ers attempt to secure their fourth straight Big West regular season championship.

Men’s Tennis Race Rejoined In Progress
After a filling slate of non-conference action last week, the focus returns to the Big West men’s tennis race and a heavy helping of conference matches.  Cal Poly (13-3, 3-0) is undefeated with UC Irvine (14-5, 2-0) in conference action going into the final two weeks of the regular season.  The Mustangs encounter rival UC Santa Barbara on Saturday in what promises to be an intense matchup.  Cal Poly has won eight of its last nine contests and stands at No. 40 nationally in the latest Campbell’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.  UCSB’s (8-13, 2-2) overall season has been filled with tons of close calls.  The Gauchos have lost four straight matches by a 4-3 score, including heartbreakers to No. 41 Fresno State and No. 61 SMU.  In fact, 11 of UCSB’s 13 losses have been to a ranked opponent.

UC Irvine hosts UC Davis and Pacific this week.  A pair of wins would set up a showdown between UCI and Cal Poly on the final day of the regular season – Saturday, April 23 in San Luis Obispo.  The winner of that match would clinch the Big West title and earn the No. 1 seed in the Big West Tournament, provided the Anteaters or Mustangs do not slip up against their opponents this week.

Rankings Recognition
The Big West continues to earn plenty of recognition in the national rankings.  Five women’s squads, led by No. 42 Long Beach State, populate the ITA team rankings.  Cal Poly at No. 47, UC Irvine at No. 56, No. 60 UC Irvine and No. 74 UC Santa Barbara also represent the women.  On the men’s side, Cal Poly is ranked No. 40 nationally followed closely by No. 47 UC Irvine.