Conference Play Resumes In Tennis
Weekly Tennis Release No. 5
Four women's tennis conference matches dot this week's schedule, while UC Santa Barbara and Hawai‘i play their Big West opener on the men's side.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Long Beach State Stretches Home Streak To 17
Long Beach State notched two more wins at home last week to extend its winning streak at the Rhodes Tennis Center to 17 straight contests. The 49ers have not lost at home since Mar. 20, 2012 against Nebraska. LBSU dispatched both Loyola Marymount and San Jose State to win its fourth and fifth straight matches overall. LBSU, which remained No. 46 this week in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, has an opportunity to extend both its overall and home court streaks on Saturday when UC Davis visits for a Big West match. The 49ers are 2-0 in conference play, while this is the conference opener for the Aggies. UC Davis also travels to UC Riverside for a Big West tilt on Sunday.
More Conference Chatter
Additional Big West women’s matches dot this week’s docket. UC Irvine travels across Orange County to face Cal State Fullerton on Thursday. It’s a matchup of head coaches who know each other well. UCI’s Mike Edles is in his 18th season at the helm, while Dianne Matias, in her first season as the Titan mentor, served as an assistant on Edles’ staff in 2013. She helped the Anteaters finish 23-5 overall, win the Big West regular season championship, and attain their first NCAA Tournament victory. The Titans are looking for their first Big West win in three tries under Matias, while UCI is playing in its conference opener. The Anteaters then host No. 9 USC on Saturday. Cal State Northridge looks to stay unbeaten in league play when it hosts UC Riverside on Saturday. The Matadors have opened the season 3-0 and look to make it four straight when they travel to Loyola Marymount on Thursday. On the men’s side, two UC Irvine matches in northern California were rained out last week, and the Anteaters are not scheduled to play again until Friday, Feb. 21 against Cal Poly.
Gauchos Travel To The Islands
In the conference opener for both teams, UC Santa Barbara journeys to Hawai‘i for a men’s tennis showdown on Sunday. Both squads have played tough schedules to this point. The Gauchos have sustained losses No. 37 Washington, No. 52 Oregon and Arizona, with both setbacks to the Huskies and Wildcats coming by a narrow 4-3 margin. The Rainbow Warriors have dropped three straight, but two of those were to No. 38 Stanford and No. 12 California. It will be the first time in a tad over two weeks that UH has laced up the sneakers for a dual meet. Prior to the league matchup, UCSB also plays a warmup match on the islands against Hawaii-Pacific on Saturday.
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.