Cal Poly Continues Sizzling Play In Men's Tennis
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Cal Poly won for the 10th time in its last 11 contests and is the highest nationally ranked Big West program at No. 46 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.
Cal Poly Men Pick Up Another Ranked Victory
The Cal Poly men’s tennis team continued its hot play of late with defeats of No. 55 Nebraska and Princeton this week. The Mustangs won for the 10th time in their last 11 matches and Nebraska represented their fifth win over a ranked opponent this season. Previous wins against ranked foes include No. 49 Brigham Young (Jan. 28), No. 56 Arizona (Feb. 4), No. 63 UNLV (Feb. 24) and No. 50 UC Santa Barbara (Mar. 3). The Mustang lineup recently was bolstered with the return of Matt Fawcett, a second team all-conference selection in 2010 who sat out last season due to injury. The team is led by junior Andre Dome. The No. 1 singles player for the Mustangs is an impressive 11-1 in dual matches this season and ranked No. 25 nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. He took down Princeton’s Matija Pecotic, ranked No. 44 by the ITA, rather easily in a 6-4, 6-2 triumph on Tuesday.
Cal Poly is 10-4 overall and 2-0 in the Big West. The team faces a formidable test in No. 17 Washington on a neutral court in Malibu this Friday. The Mustangs then host Pacific on Saturday, Mar. 31 in their next Big West encounter.
UC Santa Barbara Women Look To Keep Pace With League-Leading Long Beach State
Only one women’s conference match is on the docket this week but it’s an important one with Big West title implications. UC Santa Barbara travels to Central Coast rival Cal Poly for a showdown on Sunday. The Gauchos are tied for second place in the Big West standings with UC Irvine at 3-1, and both schools are chasing league leader Long Beach State. The 49ers are sitting pretty with a 5-0 conference mark. LBSU already has handed UCI a loss in conference play, putting additional pressure on UCSB to not falter before an Apr. 7 showdown with LBSU in Santa Barbara.
UC Riverside Busy With Four Contests In Vegas
UC Riverside accounts for four of the seven men’s tennis matches on the ledger this week. The Highlanders travel to Sin City to play neutral court contests at UNLV over a three-day period. They face Weber State, Lamar, Seattle and Idaho State in hopes of ending a six-match losing streak.
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.