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Long Beach State Begins March Home String With Streak Intact

2/28/2014

Tennis Weekly Release No. 7

Winners of 17 straight matches at the Rhodes Tennis Center, the Long Beach State women play at home during the entire month of March.  The 49ers look to continue their streak against BYU on Saturday.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

Cal Poly Starts Out Unbeaten In Men’s Conference Play
Cal Poly ended an 0-7 start with a resounding pair of conference road victories last week as the Mustangs toppled UC Irvine and UC Riverside.  The Mustangs got off to a solid start in defense of their Big West regular season co-championship from 2013.  Cal Poly does not play another league match until Mar. 24 at Hawai‘i.  In the meantime, the Mustangs contest their next six matches at home.

Long Beach State Staves Off Cal State Northridge
Long Beach State remained in first place at 4-0 in the Big West after holding on for a 4-3 victory over Cal State Northridge on Friday.  The 49ers now return home to the Rhodes Tennis Center for the entire month of March, starting with Saturday’s matchup against BYU.  LBSU has won 17 in a row at home, and has not lost there since Mar. 20, 2012 against Nebraska.  LBSU’s eight-match March lineup also includes Tulane, Montana, Pepperdine, Wyoming, Dartmouth, Harvard and Sacramento State.

Rankings Update
The latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings came out Wednesday with Long Beach State and UC Irvine slotted at No. 55 and No. 57, respectively.  The UC Irvine duo of Marivick Mamiit and Sarah Stadfelt entered the doubles rankings at No. 56 this week.

Conference Matches On Tap
A pair of Big West women’s conference matches are on the ledger this week as Cal Poly travels for back-to-back encounters against Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine.  The Mustangs are 0-1 in league play and square off against a Titans’ squad that is winless in four tries.  However, CSF has had tough luck in its last two Big West outings, losing by the slimmest of 4-3 margins to No. 42 UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara.  Meanwhile, the Anteaters are 2-0 in the Big West and look to keep pace with Long Beach State in the standings.

Long Homestand
The UC Santa Barbara men are in the midst of a 10-match homestand.  The Gauchos hope to snap a five-match skid when they battle former Big West member Pacific on Sunday.  UCSB defeated the Tigers in last year’s Big West Tournament championship match.

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.

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