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Big West Tennis Season Begins In Earnest

1/16/2014

Weekly Tennis Release No. 1

The 2014 Big West tennis season is here.  A handful of women’s clubs dip into competition this week, while all six men’s teams take the court.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

Big West Tennis Season Gets Into Full Swing
The 2014 Big West tennis season is here.  A handful of women’s clubs dip into competition this week, while all six men’s teams take the court.

Long Beach State looks to win another Big West title as head coach Jenny Hilt-Costello enters her 17th season  at the helm.  The 49ers finished second in league play with an 8-1 record, but parlayed their No. 2 seed into a third consecutive Big West Tournament championship.  It was also the ninth tournament title in the last 10 years at Indian Wells Tennis Garden for Hilt-Costello and LBSU.  The 49ers are led by Ebba Unden, who was the 2013 Big West Freshman of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection.  Unden and Karolina Rozenberg captured All-Big West First Team acclaim in doubles as well.  LBSU reached the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in school history to wrap up another successful season.

UC Irvine secured its second Big West regular season title (2007) after finishing with an unblemished 9-0 mark in league play in 2013.  After falling to LBSU in the conference tournament finals, which snapped an overall 20-match win streak, the Anteaters earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.  UCI followed with the first NCAA victory in program history with a 4-2 defeat of San Jose State in the first round.  The ‘Eaters lost to USC in the second round.  UCI returns five singles starters from the 2013 club, including second team all-conference performer Marivick Mamiit and honorable mention recipient Franziska Goettsching. 

UCI and LBSU are ranked No. 38 and No. 42 in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, respectively.

On the men’s side, it is a busy week with all six squads in action.  UC Irvine is by far the busiest with six matches in three days at New Mexico-hosted Ned and Tina Jacobs Lobo Winter Kickoff.  The Anteaters face the No. 72 Lobos, Arizona and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi twice apiece.  Defending Big West Tournament champion UC Santa Barbara heads to the Pacific Northwest to battle Portland and No. 37 Washington to begin its season.  The Gauchos won the conference tournament title for the fifth time in eight years.  Junior Tobias Galskov is ranked No. 79 nationally by the ITA in singles.  Cal Poly, which shared the regular season title with UCI last year, travels to the Bay Area to face Saint Mary’s and Fresno State.

A Decade And More At Indian Wells
Indian Wells Tennis Garden is hosting the Big West Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championship for the 11th consecutive year.  One of the premier facilities in the United States that also hosts the BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells will host all six men’s and nine women’s teams from April 24-27.  The Long Beach State women won the tournament championship for the nine time in the last 10 years, while the UC Santa Barbara men became the first No. 5 seed to earn the title.