Tennis Season Begins on the Islands
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This Week in the Big West - January 7-13, 2013
Tennis Weekly Release No. 1
The 2013 tennis season begins Wednesday with new conference member Hawai’i hosting a handful of men's and women's tennis matches. The Rainbow Wahine women enter the year ranked No. 54 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Big West Tennis Season Begins Wednesday
The 2013 Big West tennis campaign is here, with new conference member Hawai’i getting the season rolling on Wednesday.
The UH men face a formidable challenge in the season opener with Duke awaiting the home team. The Blue Devils are ranked No. 5 in the nation as a team and feature the top-ranked doubles tandem of Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler. The Rainbow Warriors also battle a tough No. 15-ranked Baylor squad on Saturday. UH, which reached the semifinals in its final Western Athletic Conference tournament appearance, returns all but one player from the 2011-12 squad. Junior Jonathan Brooklyn, who was ranked No. 90 in the ITA preseason poll, beat two nationally ranked opponents last season as the team’s No. 1 player.
Hawai’i is also the first women’s team to compete this season. As hosts of two-day Rainbow Wahine Spring Invitational (Jan. 9-10), the team hopes to resume the success it displayed in 2011-12. UH advanced to its first NCAA Tournament in school history thanks to an upset win over No. 51 Fresno State in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. The Rainbow Wahine spent the last 16 years in the WAC before joining the Big West this season. No. 54-ranked UH faces No. 3 Duke and Hawai’i Pacific in tournament play.
Cal Poly is the only other women’s school in action this week with a home match against UC Santa Cruz on Sunday.
Big West Teams, Players Included In National Rankings
Three women’s and two men’s teams represented the Big West in the initial 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) regular season poll on Jan. 3. Defending women’s champion Long Beach State is the highest ranked Big West team at No. 39, followed by No. 54 Hawai’i and No. 68 UC Irvine. The top-ranked Big West men’s club is Cal Poly at No. 62. UC Santa Barbara follows right behind at No. 68. Individually, Cal Poly senior Andre Dome is the No. 89-ranked player in singles. Dome had an outstanding junior season, going 16-5 overall in spring dual matches en route to 2012 Big West Men’s Tennis Player of the Year honors. He competed in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, advancing to the second round of the doubles tournament with partner Matt Fawcett.
A Decade At Indian Wells
Indian Wells Tennis Garden is hosting the Big West Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championship for the 10th consecutive year. One of the premier facilities in the United States that also hosts the BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells will host all seven men’s and 10 women’s teams from April 25-28. The Long Beach State women won the tournament championship for the eighth time in the last nine years, while the Cal Poly men captured the title for the first time in program history.