Conference Play Populates Tennis Schedule
Tennis Weekly Release No. 13
With the Big West Tournament in Indian Wells less than a month away, this week's tennis schedule focuses on conference matchups as schools chase regular season titles and the best possible tournament seeds.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Conference Play Dominates Remainder Of Regular Season
While a handful of non-conference matches are sprinkled throughout the men’s and women’s tennis schedules, the month of April signals a frenzied finish in Big West play.
Six of the seven men’s and nine of the 10 women’s clubs have at least one conference matchup this week as schools jockey for seeding position in the Big West Tournament later this month in Indian Wells.
On the men’s side, Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara have yet to play a league match, while UC Davis, UC Irvine and UC Riverside have participated in just one apiece. Pacific, undefeated at 2-0 in league play, is the lone school without a Big West match this week.
That gives the Mustangs and Gauchos the opportunity to pull into a tie with the Tigers atop the Big West standings. CP and UCSB host UC Irvine and UC Riverside this week. Cal Poly, ranked No. 73 in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, has lost five of its last seven matches, including four of those by 4-3 scores. Cal Poly has come up short by one point to Arizona, No. 56 Princeton, Tulane and No. 73 UNLV during that stretch. UCSB finished 1-3 on a tough roadtrip last week but defeated No. 49 George Washington in its last home appearance.
UC Irvine looks to find success after a brutal non-conference slate that includes losses against seven ranked opponents. The Anteaters fell to three straight ranked foes at home in No. 42 Middle Tennessee, No. 49 George Washington and No. 43 Princeton in their most recent action, but have been idle since March 23.
UC Irvine, Long Beach State Continue To Duke It Out For League Title
The women’s conference ledger is quite busy this week too with a total of seven Big West matches to be contested. Much of the attention will be focused on UC Irvine and Long Beach State, the two schools with the best shot at a regular season crown. The 30th-ranked Anteaters are riding a 14-match winning streak, including a 5-0 mark in Big West play, into Saturday’s battle at Cal State Northridge. UCI has not lost a match since Feb. 1 to No. 2 UCLA. The 49ers, sitting at No. 43 in this week’s ITA poll, have won six in a row and look to extend the success on a three-match roadtrip with stops at Sacramento State, UC Davis and Pacific. LBSU trails UCI by one-half game in the Big West standings at 5-1, with the one loss coming at the hands of the Anteaters. Both UCI and LBSU sport unblemished home records this season at 12-0 and 10-0, respectively.
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.