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UC Irvine Seeks To Double Up For Top Seeds


Tennis Weekly Release No. 15

With the UC Irvine women having already wrapped up the No. 1 seed at next week's Big West Tennis Championship, the men are in position to join them at the head of the bracket.  The Anteaters need home wins against Pacific and UC Davis this week to make that happen.

UC Irvine Men In Drivers Seat For Tournament No. 1 Seed
The UC Irvine men’s team is in position to secure the No. 1 seed at the Big West Tennis Championship in Indian Wells next week.  The Anteaters parlayed road victories against Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara, along with a home win against UC Riverside, into the possibility of a regular season crown and top seed with successful outcomes against Pacific and UC Davis at home this weekend.

UCI (7-16, 3-1 Big West) will earn the No. 1 seed with victories against both the Tigers and Aggies.  Two wins would also clinch at least a share of the regular season title for the Anteaters.  Cal Poly needs a win over UC Santa Barbara to create a co-championship scenario.  However, the Mustangs would lose the tiebreaker for the top tournament seed due to a 4-3 loss to UCI on April 5 in San Luis Obispo.

Two other scenarios exist for the No. 1 seed.  Cal Poly can lock up the No. 1 seed with a win over UCSB coupled with one UCI loss.  Pacific can forge a tie for the regular season championship with the Mustangs, but lost the head-to-head tiebreaker thanks to a 4-3 loss on April 13.  However, the Tigers can entertain the possibility of a No. 1 seed and an outright regular season title with wins against UCI and UC Riverside couple with a Cal Poly loss to UCSB.

The possibility of a four-way tie for first place is still in play as well.  In the event Cal Poly, UC Irvine, Hawai’i and Pacific all finish 4-2 in league play, this week’s outcomes would dictate which those schools emerged as the tournament’s No. 1 seed based on head-to-head tiebreakers.

UC Irvine Women Seek Undefeated Conference Season
UC Irvine attempts to finish the women’s conference schedule undefeated at 9-0, with Hawai’i the last remaining obstacle to that accomplishment.  The Anteaters host the Rainbow Wahine Sunday with a 17-match winning streak on the line.  UCI, 19-3 overall and ranked No. 31 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, is attempting to complete Big West play undefeated for the second time.  The 2007 club finished 7-0 as the regular season champion.  Since the league instituted round robin play in 2006, either UCI or Long Beach State has had an unblemished conference ledger in every season other than 2011.
While UCI has already wrapped up the No. 1 seed for the Big West Tournament, Long Beach State is expected to challenge the Anteaters for the title in Indian Wells.  The 45th-ranked 49ers have won 10 straight 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.