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Trio Of Men's Tennis Teams Battle For Tournament Top Seed


The triumvirate of Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara and Hawai‘i all have a shot at clinching the top seed for next week's Big West Men's Tennis Tournament at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, entering the final week of regular season action.


Long Beach State Returns To Winner’s Circle
After a one-year hiatus, Long Beach State gobbled up another Big West regular season title.  The 49ers clinched at least a share of the title when they emerged the victor in a battle of Big West unbeatens against UC Irvine on Saturday.  The 5-2 triumph at the Rhodes Tennis Center also wrapped up the Big West Tournament No. 1 seed for the 49ers.  Since the Big West instituted a round-robin schedule in 2006, Long Beach State has won regular season titles seven times.  The 49ers won in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 (co), 2012 and now 2014.  They secure the outright title with a win at UC Riverside on Friday.  A win also gives Long Beach State an undefeated conference record for an incredible sixth time in nine seasons.

Men’s Tournament No. 1 Seed Still Up For Grabs

Three teams are still in contention to claim the Big West Tournament No. 1 seed entering the final week of regular season play.  Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara and Hawai‘i all have a shot at not only the regular season crown, but the top seed at next week’s tournament in Indian Wells.  The top two seeds receive byes into the semifinals.  Here are the scenarios:

• Cal Poly is the tournament No. 1 seed with a win on Saturday against rival UC Santa Barbara, coupled with a Hawai‘i loss to UC Irvine.  Under this scenario, the Mustangs would finish Big West play 4-1, while the Gauchos and Rainbow Warriors would be 3-1.

• UC Santa Barbara is the tourney No. 1 seed with a win against Cal Poly and a Hawai‘i loss to UC Irvine.  Under this scenario, the Gauchos would end up 4-0 in Big West play, while UH would finish 3-1 and Cal Poly 3-2. 

• UCSB and UH are co-champions at 4-0 if both teams win their final conference matches.  However, UCSB would capture the No. 1 seed based on a tiebreaker in which it owns a better win-loss record than UH against common non-conference opponents.  UCSB is 3-3 against Portland, Oregon, Loyola Marymount, USC, Pacific and San Diego State.  UH is 1-4 against the first five opponents listed, and can finish no better than 2-4 pending Wednesday’s outcome at San Diego State.  Since the Feb. 16 conference match in Honolulu between UCSB and UH was cancelled due to inclement weather, the primary tiebreaker (winner of head-to-head matchup) is not applicable. The next two tiebreaker criteria – records against other conference opponents (both are 3-0) and higher national ranking (neither team is ranked in the ITA top-75) – also do not factor.

• Hawai‘i is the No. 1 seed with a win versus UCI coupled with a UCSB loss to Cal Poly.

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 ninth time in the last 10 years, while the UC Santa Barbara men became the first No. 5 seed to earn the title.