Women's Tennis Squads To Tangle With Ranked Opponents
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While the men have a light week of activity, the Big West women's tennis squads prepare for battle against a slew of nationally ranked non-conference opponents. UC Davis and UC Irvine test their mettle against two ranked squads apiece.
Ranked Opponents Galore Await Women’s Tennis Teams
Women’s tennis action in the Big West features some intriguing matchups this week with ranked opponents dotting the schedule. Seven of the 14 non-conference contests take place against teams in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association top 75.
The highest ranked foe for a Big West squad is No. 27 Pepperdine, which travels to UC Irvine on Thursday. The Anteaters also make a trek to No. 54 San Diego State later in the week. Other non-conference encounters include No. 49 Sacramento State at UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara at No. 34 Saint Mary’s, Cal Poly at No. 33 Arizona, UC Davis at No. 73 Santa Clara and UC Riverside at No. 38 UNLV.
Long Beach State Looks For Early Command Of Big West Standings
Long Beach State knocked off Pacific in its Big West opener last week to win for the 35th time in the last 36 regular season conference matches, a string of success that dates back to 2007. The 49ers journey to UC Riverside and Cal State Northridge with designs on taking early control of the conference standings. LBSU has won four straight regular season Big West titles, including a co-championship with Cal Poly in 2011, and one of the favorites to win it again this year. Wins against the Highlanders and Matadors would start off a five-game roadtrip for LBSU in fine fashion.
Cal State Northridge got out of the conference gate with a victory over Cal State Fullerton while UC Santa Barbara picked up a solid win against UC Davis last week. The only women’s program to have not played a Big West match yet is UC Irvine.
Men’s Tennis With Light Schedule This Week
Only four men’s tennis matches fill up the schedule this week. UC Riverside hosts UC San Diego, UC Davis hosts Weber State and travels to Sacramento State, and SMU visits UC Santa Barbara. The key matchup looming ahead is next Monday when UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara tangle at Anteater Stadium. The two programs have combined for the last seven Big West Tournament titles.
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.