Women's Tennis Rivals Face Off In Conference Showdown
Tennis Weekly Release No. 8
Long Beach State travels to UC Irvine for a pivotal women's tennis match Saturday that could have regular season title and tournament seeding implications.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Long Beach State and UC Irvine Ready For Women’s Tennis Showdown
Long Beach State and UC Irvine meet in a women’s tennis showdown with the outcome potentially deciding the regular season champion and No. 1 overall seed in the Big West Tournament. The top two teams in the conference historically, these rivals have battled in the tournament finals in five straight and seven of the last nine years.
The 49ers are 56-2 (.966) against Big West opponent in regular season matches dating back to 2006. They have finished conference play with an undefeated record five times since the Big West instituted a round robin schedule – 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 – with one of their two setbacks coming at the hands of UCI in 2007.
UCI also dealt Long Beach State a loss in the 2010 tournament championship, interrupting a six-year title streak for the 49ers. LBSU has won eight of the last nine tournament titles.
The Anteaters are off to one of their best starts in school history at 8-2. Owners of a six-match win streak, UCI has defeated three ranked opponents in No. 55 Tulane, No. 33 Pepperdine and No. 46 LSU. The Anteaters rose in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings to No. 30 this week, the highest ranking of any Big West school. LBSU is No. 39 while UC Santa Barbara entered the poll at No. 54. The LBSU match is the second of nine straight at Anteater Stadium.
LBSU has won 15 straight Big West regular season matches since its last loss on Mar. 5, 2011. The 49ers are also 8-2 and have begun Big West play at 4-0.
Men’s Tennis Teams Take On More Ranked Opponents
Seven of the eight men’s tennis matches take place on the road this week with three of them against ranked opponents. The lone home match of the bunch has Hawai’i playing No. 73 Xavier. UC Santa Barbara heads out to the east coast to face St. John’s and No. 55 Princeton, while UC Irvine tangles with Saint Mary’s and No. 53 Santa Clara. Pacific makes the short trek to face northern California nemesis Sacramento State. Meanwhile, UC Davis travels to San Diego to participate in a couple of neutral site matches with Villanova and Boston College. Cal Poly, the only ranked Big West men’s team at No. 52, is idle this week after having won four of its last five contests.
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.