Hawaii Women's Tennis Heads To Mainland After Long Layoff
Tennis Weekly Release No. 6
After being on hiatus since Jan. 26, the Hawai’i women's tennis team gets back into action rapidly with three straight Big West matches this week against Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside and No. 43 Long Beach State. The Rainbow Wahine are ranked No. 65 in this week's Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Hawai’i Women Embark On Three-Match Roadtrip
The Hawai’i women prepare to tackle their first Big West road assignment this week as they battle Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside and Long Beach State over a four-day period. The Rainbow Wahine are plenty rested going into Wednesday’s match against the Titans as UH has been idle since Jan. 26. UH is in the midst of a six-match road swing. The Wahine, ranked No. 65 in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, have lost four matches against ranked opponents with their one win coming against Big West foe Cal Poly.
UH also gets a crack at LBSU, which extended its Big West regular season winning streak to 14 straight following a 5-2 triumph against UC Santa Barbara on Sunday. The 49ers are 3-0 in the Big West and UH represents LBSU’s fourth league match in the season’s early going. LBSU also knocked off No. 46 LSU last week. The 49ers are ranked No. 43 in this week’s ITA poll.
UC Irvine Women Pull Off Pair Of Upsets
Facing its fifth and sixth ranked opponents of the season, UC Irvine vanquished both foes with two tight victories against No. 33 Pepperdine (4-3) and No. 46 LSU (4-3). The Anteaters ran their winning streak to three straight in the process. Their only setbacks have come against No. 4 USC (twice) and No. 2 UCLA. UCI now tests its mettle in Big West play with a Central Coast roadtrip against Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. Following the two road contests, UCI returns home for nine straight.
Big West Players Enter And Rise In Individual Rankings
Cal Poly senior Andre Dome made a gigantic leap in the ITA singles rankings that were released Tuesday, moving from No. 89 to No. 32. It is the highest ranking for Dome since he reached No. 20 on Mar. 27 and Apr. 3, 2012. Dome, who competed in both the 2012 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, is currently 5-2 at No. 1 singles for the Mustangs. In women’s doubles, the UC Irvine tandem of Franziska Goettsching and Kristina Smith entered the rankings at No. 40.
Battle Of Big West Unbeatens Takes Place On The Islands
Hawai’i and Pacific take 1-0 Big West records into a men’s tennis Friday showdown in Honolulu. The Warriors continue a season-opening seven-match home stand, but look to shake off the effects of a 25-day layoff when they host No. 66 San Diego State on Thursday. UH last played on Jan. 20 against Sacramento State. The Tigers are off to a 4-2 start this season as they continue their six-match roadtrip.
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.