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Long Beach State Attempts To Secure No. 1 Tournament Seed

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MW Tennis Release No. 10


Conference unbeaten Long Beach State (11-5, 5-0) hopes to gain the No. 1 seed for this month's Big West Women's Tennis Championship but faces a couple of tough tests in Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara this week.


Long Beach State Looks To Clinch Tournament No. 1 Seed
Long Beach State travels to the Central Coast this week to face Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara with the hopes of wrapping up the No. 1 seed for the Big West Women’s Tennis Championship at the end of the month.  The 49ers (11-5, 5-0) are going into those matches well rested, having not played since Mar. 22.  The 49ers have surrendered no more than two points in a match in any of their five conference victories. 

It’s a formidable test for an LBSU squad that has won the last four straight Big West regular season titles.  The 49ers split the title last season with Cal Poly, which prepares for Friday’s league showdown with a road contest at No. 6 Stanford on Wednesday.  UC Santa Barbara (8-11, 3-1) is the school that last season ended Long Beach State’s 31-match winning streak in Big West regular season matches.  The Gauchos won 4-3 in Long Beach on Mar. 5 last year.  In the event UCSB can pull off the upset again, it would have a shot toward at least a share of the regular season crown with matches against Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside on the horizon.

Women’s Conference Matches Galore This Week
The Long Beach State trip to the Central Coast is not the only offering on the women’s tennis conference circuit this week.  Cal State Northridge makes a trip to northern California to square off against UC Davis and Pacific.  UC Irvine (12-5, 4-1), which has won nine of its last 10 matches, sits in second place in the conference standings and attempts to keep pace with league-leading LBSU with a home match against UC Riverside on Thursday.

Light Action On Men’s Tennis Schedule
Only six matches dot the men’s tennis schedule this week and only one of those is a conference contest.  UC Irvine, which has played an unbelievably tough schedule with 14 of its 17 matches against ranked opponents, hosts UC Riverside in the first of four straight Big West matchups to end the regular season.  The Highlanders are beginning a string of five straight league encounters when they meet UC Irvine.  In non-conference action, Pacific and UC Davis both travel to Fresno State to play in a day-night doubleheader.

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.