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Long Beach State Puts Big West Winning Streak On Line


2015 Tennis Release No. 5

Riding a 13-match winning streak in Big West regular season matches, the No. 41-ranked Long Beach State women's tennis team gets a stiff test when No. 54 Hawai‘i visits the Rhodes Tennis Center Saturday.


Flurry Of Women’s Conference Matches On Tap
Big West women’s tennis conference unbeatens Long Beach State and Hawai‘i highlight a busy week of action as both teams seek to gain sole possession of first place in the early going of 2015.  The Rainbow Warriors look to disrupt a pair of 49er win streaks as well.  LBSU has won 11 straight regular season matches overall dating back to last year.  In addition, the 49ers have toppled 13 straight opponents in Big West regular season matchups.  UH nearly upset LBSU the last time the two teams met in Long Beach, with the 49ers pulling out a 4-3 decision on Feb. 16, 2013.

UC Davis faces a busy road slate with three Big West matches in three days, beginning on Saturday at Cal State Fullerton.  The Aggies then visit CSUN on Sunday and UC Irvine on Monday to close out the road trip.  In addition to playing its home opener against the Aggies, CSUN makes the short trip to UC Riverside for another league match on Saturday.

Hilt-Costello Inches Closer To Career Milestone
The Long Beach State women’s program, led by 17th-year head coach Jenny Hilt-Costello, improved to 3-0 last week in a sweep of Loyola Marymount.  Hilt-Costello bettered her career record to 295-130 (.694), moving her within five wins of landmark No. 300.  The earliest Hilt-Costello could achieve the milestone would be Feb. 28 at UC Davis, requiring the 49ers to remain undefeated through their first eight matches.  In Big West regular season matches, the 49ers are an astounding 69-3 (.958) since the conference instituted round-robin play in 2006. 

Edles Three Wins Short Of 250
UC Irvine’s 5-2 victory over San Diego State on Saturday positioned head coach Mike Edles one step nearer to a career milestone.  In his 19th season, Edles moved to 248-169 (.595) overall.  The Anteaters need to defeat San Francisco on Saturday and UC Davis on Monday to allow Edles to reach his 250th career win.

Adler, Razakasoa Enter Singles Rankings
The latest release of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings tabbed two Big West players within the top 100.  UC Santa Barbara freshman Lou Adler, the reigning Big West Athlete of the Week, entered the rankings at No. 93.  She defeated then-No. 32 Danielle Flores of Saint Mary’s in three sets last week.  Long Beach State sophomore Maeva Razakasoa also made her debut at No. 99 nationally.  She is off to a 2-1 start in singles.

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.