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Big West Tennis Heads Into The Second Week Of Competition


Photo courtesy of Mark Honbo


Big West Tennis Heads Into The Second Week Of Competition

After a week chock-full of ranked opponents, the Big West takes on another slew of top 75 teams.  Here are this week’s matchups on tap against teams ranked in the initial 2015 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings:

UC Irvine at No. 4 UCLA       

UC Santa Barbara at No. 58 Arkansas
No. 74 UC Irvine vs. No. 64 Kansas State
UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 24 Oklahoma

Long Beach State Climbs the National Ranks
After a week that saw the Long Beach State women win seven of its eight singles matches the final day of the Beach Winter Classic, the 49ers ushered in a No. 39 national ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.  Reigning 2014 Big West Player of the Year, Maeva Razakasoa, did not fail to impress after upsetting 60th-ranked Lucia Butkovska of Portland and 75th-ranked Emily Olivier from New Mexico.  Teammates Karolina Rozenberg, Laura Eales, Julie Gerard, Ella Monsey and Alex Jones also recorded wins.

Titans Rally for Win in Opener
For the first time in at least nine years, the Titans recorded a W in their season opening match.  Saturday afternoon on the women’s side, sophomore Alexis Valenzuela took the third set of the No. 1 singles match to rally Cal State Fullerton to a 4-3 victory over Nevada in the Titans’ season opener.  Coach Dianne Matias said, “I’m really proud of how our team competed today.  Today was a full team effort and the matchescould have gone either way, but our team stayed calm and composed then the matches became close and just kept fighting.” 

Hawai'i Women Making Noise Early
Propelled by a season-opening win over then-No. 29 Kentucky, Hawai'i women's tennis entered the Intercollegiate Tennis Association team rankings at No. 54 this week.  This represents the second-highest ranking in Rainbow Wahine history, with the team ranked as high as No. 52 in 2012 before finishing the season at No. 54.

A Dozen Years At Indian Wells
Indian Wells Tennis Garden is hosting the Big West Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championship for the 12th consecutive year.  One of the premier facilities in the United States, also a host of the BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells will host all six men’s and nine women’s teams from April 23-26.