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Weekly Tennis Release No. 3

The longest tenured Big West women's tennis head coach takes on the newest addition to the league's coaching ranks when Long Beach State hosts Cal State Fullerton on Friday.


Two Women’s Conference Matches On Tap This Week
Two Big West women’s tennis matches highlight this week’s action as Long Beach State hosts Cal State Fullerton while Cal Poly travels to Cal State Northridge.  The 49ers are 1-0 in league action after defeating Hawai‘i on the road on Jan. 20.  LBSU brings a 14-match winning streak at the Rhodes Tennis Center into battle against the Titans, which captured their first victory of 2014 with last Saturday’s 4-3 thriller against Air Force.  LBSU’s program has established the benchmark for success in conference play as winners of 48 of its last 50 regular season Big West matches dating back to 2008.  Meanwhile, the Matadors and Mustangs hook up on Saturday in a battle between two clubs with new looks.  Cal Poly has three newcomers in its starting six for singles, including freshman Emily Gibbens at No. 1.  CSUN counters with three freshmen among its top six on the singles ladder.

The Dean Against The Newbie
A couple of Big West head coaches recently reached important milestones, with their respective clubs playing each other in a league match this Friday.  Long Beach State’s Jenny Hilt-Costello coached in her 400th career match on Jan. 20 in the team’s Big West opener agaialtnst Hawai‘i.  The seven-time Big West Caltoach of the Year took over the program in 1997 and she has won 272 career matches.  Dianne Matias earned her first career victory as head coach at Cal State Fullerton when the Titans squeezed past Air Force, 4-3.  Matias, who replaced longtime Titan coach Bill Reynolds after he had served 24 years at the helm of the program, served two stints as an assistant coach at fellow Big West school UC Irvine.  Matias also had one previous head coaching opportunity, the 2011-12 campaign at Maryland.

Full Men’s Tennis Schedule Awaits This Week
Five men’s tennis teams are in action this week.  The busiest of the group is UC Riverside, which makes its annual trek to Las Vegas.  The Highlanders encounter Weber State, New Mexico State, Southern Mississippi and host UNLV in a three-day stretch.  Hawai‘i leaves the islands for the mainland, taking on No. 38 Stanford, No. 12 California and Pacific.  Cal Poly hosts Nevada and travels to No. 16 Pepperdine. Also playing multiple matches are UC Davis, as hosts to San Francisco and Loyola Marymount, and UC Irvine, which plays a Saturday doubleheader at both No. 43 San Diego and UC San Diego.  The Aggies, Mustangs and Highlanders look to break through into the win column this week.

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.