Big West Tennis Continues To Battle Nation's Best
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A combined 10 matches against men's and women's non-conference opponents ranked in the nation's top 75 highlight another busy week of Big West tennis. Five women's and three men's squads represent the Big West within the national rankings as well.
More Ranked Opponents Await For Big West Tennis
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for Big West men’s and women’s tennis teams, which continue to tackle challenging non-conference competition.
Five of the seven women’s non-conference matches are against teams ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association top 40. Cal Poly faces its fourth straight ranked opponent in No. 1 Stanford, while UC Santa Barbara travels to No. 7 USC. Long Beach State takes a three-match winning streak into Las Vegas to battle three consecutive ranked foes. The 49ers square off against No. 32 Texas Tech, No. 36 UNLV and No. 39 Utah over a three-day span.
The men’s schedule is equally noteworthy for the fact that five of the eight non-conference matches are against ranked clubs. UC Irvine heads to the northwest to encounter No. 27 Washington and No. 71 Oregon. No. 63 UNLV visits Cal Poly in the only home match against a ranked opponent. Pacific travels to No. 43 Santa Clara and UC Riverside plays No. 64 Saint Mary’s on a neutral court in Los Angeles.
Conference Play Gets Some Work Too
Big West teams continue to maneuver their way around the conference schedule this week too. On the women’s side, Long Beach State has once again set the benchmark for success as early season success has the 49er troops at 3-0 in league action. UC Santa Barbara attempts to move to 2-0 in the Big West with a home match against Pacific. The Gauchos have already played five ranked foes among their first eight matches. Pacific continues its Central Coast trip against an injury-riddled Cal Poly outfit. Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside also square off.
In men’s conference play, UC Davis tries to knock off a couple of championship contenders in UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. The Gauchos picked up a huge road victory on Monday against UC Irvine, another team expected to be in the hunt for the title. The Mustangs, in the midst of a four-match homestand, have won four in a row going into their showdown with UNLV on Friday.
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.