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MW Tennis Release No. 2


A slew of matches against non-conference ranked opposition greets Big West men's and women's tennis teams this week.


Ranked Foes Loom Ahead For Big West Tennis Squads
Big West squads attempt to defeat ranked opponents on this week’s schedule.  Action on the women’s side begins on Wednesday as Cal State Northridge travels to No. 26 Pepperdine and UC Davis visits No. 2 Stanford.  On Saturday, Cal Poly gets a shot at Pepperdine while Pacific hosts No. 71 Santa Clara.  The Aggies face their fifth ranked opponent in their first seven matches when No. 66 Fresno State visits on Sunday.

In other non-conference action, Long Beach State and UC Irvine take turns hosting Brigham Young.

Also highlighting the women’s schedule is the first Big West match of the season as Cal State Northridge travels to Cal State Fullerton on Sunday.

The men’s schedule is a light one this week with only six matches, but half of those are against teams ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Top 75.  UC Riverside makes the tough trek to Las Vegas to face No. 61 UNLV and No. 60 New Mexico State on back-to-back days.  Cal Poly invades No. 54 Arizona to round out the list of ranked opponents.  UC Irvine hosts San Diego State on Friday before taking a long lay off.  The Anteaters will not return to action until their Big West home opener on Feb. 20 against UC Santa Barbara.

Ranked Teams, Players Include Big West In First Campbell’s/ITA Poll
The first Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) regular season poll came out on Jan. 24 with representation from several Big West teams.  In addition to Long Beach State, the conference is represented by No. 44 Cal Poly, No. 55 UC Irvine, No. 58 UC Davis and No. 62 UC Santa Barbara.  Those same five programs were also ranked at the end of the 2011 season.  On the men’s side, UC Irvine is the highest ranked Big West squad at No. 40.  Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara are ranked No. 52 and No. 62, respectively.

Indian Wells To Host Big West Tennis Championships
For the ninth 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 27-29.  Long Beach State’s women and UC Irvine’s men took the 2011 crowns.  The 49ers won their seventh title in the last eight years, while the Anteaters won their second consecutive championship.