Tennis Action Continues This Week
Weekly Tennis Release No. 2
The UC Davis men take on a familiar nonconference rival while the UC Irvine women take to the court for the first time in 2014 after last year's championship campaign.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Long Beach State Passes Early Test At Hawai‘i
The 2014 women’s tennis season is in full swing as Long Beach State succeeded against its first Big West opponent on Monday. The 49ers, which own six outright or shared Big West regular season titles in the last eight years, defeated Hawai‘i by a 5-2 score on the islands. LBSU has won 48 of its last 50 regular season conference matches dating back to the 2008 season. The 49ers are currently ranked No. 45 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Hawai‘i, which fell to 1-4 on the young season, has played a tough schedule to this point with four matches against ranked opponents – No. 19 Baylor, No. 65 San Jose State, No. 45 Washington and No. 42 Long Beach State.
Action Begins For Remainder Of Women’s Tennis Schools
While a healthy portion of Big West schools got their first taste of competition last week, the remainder of the conference posse strings up their rackets for the initial time in 2014 this week. Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge, UC Davis and UC Irvine begin their quests for successful seasons. UC Irvine, which finished 9-0 in the Big West to capture the regular season title in 2013, competes in the ITA Kickoff Weekend at UCLA. The Anteaters return five starters in singles from that championship team, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round and claimed the first postseason victory in program history.
ITA Kick-Off Weekend To Display Experimental Format
The ITA Division Operating Committee instituted new experimental scoring formats for both men’s and women’s matches in the months of January and February. The women will be playing all sets in singles and doubles to six games, with regular scoring and tiebreakers at 6-all. However, if a singles match splits sets, a match tiebreaker will be played in lieu of a third set. The men’s teams will also play sets in all matches to six games, but with tiebreakers at 5-all and no-ad scoring. All third sets for men’s singles will be played out unless the team match is decided.
Light Week In Men’s Tennis
Only five matches are on the docket in men’s tennis this week. Cal Poly plays two of those, traveling to New Mexico to face the 67th-ranked host Lobos as well as Utah. UC Riverside also plays twice, going to Tucson to face Northern Arizona and host Arizona. UC Davis engages in a rivalry match with former Big West foe Pacific.
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.