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Tennis Championships Set To Begin At Indian Wells

4/23/2014

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Weekly Tennis Release No. 15

Men's Tennis Bracket

Women's Tennis Bracket

The Long Beach State women and Hawai‘i men are the top seeds for the 2014 Big West Tennis Championships in Indian Wells.  Competition begins Thursday with three first-round matches at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

Long Beach State In Familiar Role As Top Seed
Long Beach State enters the 2014 Big West Women’s Tennis Tournament as the favorite.  The 49ers own the top seed for the seventh time in 11 years out at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.  In the previous 10 tournaments at IWTG, the 49ers have won an incredible nine times, including on five occasions as the No. 1 seed – 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.  The 49ers lost in the 2010 finals as the No. 1 seed.

This year’s LBSU edition is 17-2 overall, including winning streaks of nine straight and a current eight-match run.  The 49ers danced through Big West regular season play with an unblemished 8-0 record.  Since the Big West instituted a round-robin schedule in 2006, Long Beach State has won seven regular season titles, six of those with undefeated conference ledgers.  LBSU is the highest ranked Big West team in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll at No. 55.

UC Irvine is the No. 2 seed on the women’s side.  The Anteaters enter tournament action winners of 12 of their last 13 matches, with the lone setback coming to Long Beach State on Apr. 12.  LBSU and UCI have met in the tournament finals for six straight seasons, and eight of the 10 at Indian Wells.  The 49ers are 7-1 against the Anteaters in the eight all-time championship match meetings.

In its second season of Big West competition, Hawai‘i is the No. 3 seed at this year’s event after holding down the No. 4 spot in 2013.  The Rainbow Wahine enter the tournament with wins in eight of their last nine contests.  Their only two league setbacks came to LBSU and UCI.

Hawai‘i Nabs Top Men’s Seed
Hawai‘i finished 4-0 in conference play to claim the No. 1 men’s seed at this week’s Big West Tournament.  The Rainbow Warriors clinched the top spot when they defeated UC Irvine on Friday, combined with UC Santa Barbara’s loss to Cal Poly.  UH and Cal Poly received automatic byes into the semifinals as the top two seeds.  UH will face the winner between No. 4 UC Davis and No. 5 UC Irvine, while Cal Poly will battle the winner of No. 3 UC Santa Barbara and No. 6 UC Riverside.

The Rainbow Warriors ascended to the top spot after being the No. 4 seed in their inaugural Big West season in 2013.  UH has won four of its last five matches.  The Mustangs pulled out 4-3 victories against UC Davis and UCSB in their final two conference matches to nail down the No. 2 seed.  Cal Poly’s only setback in league play came against UH.  UCSB, as the No. 3 seed, is no stranger to success as a lower seed.  The Gauchos were the first No. 4 seed to win the championship in 2009.  Last year, UCSB became the first No. 5 seed to emerge with the coveted Big West Tournament trophy in hand.

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.