Tennis Teams Continue Non-League Play
Tennis Weekly Release No. 4
UC Irvine looks to knock off a couple of ranked opponents as the men travel to No. 26 San Diego and host No. 70 Fresno State this week.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Pacific Off To Strong Start, Gets No. 13 California This Week
Pacific men’s tennis is off to a 3-1 start in the second season of head coach Ryan Redondo’s tenure. Two victories – against Loyola Marymount and San Francisco – went the distance as 4-3 results. The Tigers also defeated UC Davis in an early season conference match.
Pacific begins a six-match road trip this Saturday at No. 13 California. The Tigers also face Saint Mary’s, Big West foe Hawai’i, No. 64 San Diego State, No. 70 Fresno State and Sacramento State in a tough stretch away from home.
Thibodeau Prepares To Make UC Santa Barbara Debut
The last Big West team – men’s or women’s – to make its season debut is the UC Santa Barbara women headed by first-year head coach Simon Thibodeau. He hopes to make a grand entrance as the Gauchos play three home matches on three consecutive days beginning with Friday’s encounter against Northern Arizona. UCSB also plays San Jose State and San Francisco over the weekend.
Thibodeau, who was hired on June 12, 2012, came to UCSB from Fresno State, where he won seven Western Athletic Conference titles and took the Bulldogs to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament five times. He accumulated a record of 159-80 in nine years, including 20 or more wins on five occasions.
More Ranked Opponents On This Week’s Schedule
More formidable challenges await the Big West this week on both sides. The UC Irvine men, just coming off a match at No. 2 USC, travel to No. 26 San Diego and host No. 70 Fresno State. Cal Poly, ranked No. 57 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, hosts No. 64 San Diego State. On the women’s side, UC Davis journeys to No. 6 Stanford while No. 65 UC Irvine meets No. 2 UCLA.
Long Beach State Continues Big West Dominance
Long Beach State won its 12th straight Big West regular season match when it toppled UC Riverside in the Big West opener on Saturday. The 49ers travel to Cal State Fullerton for a makeup contest this Thursday after the two schools were rained out on Jan. 25. LBSU is 53-2 (.964) in Big West play since 2006.
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.