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Long Beach State Looks To Extend Big West Unbeaten Streak

3/26/2015

2015 Tennis Release No. 11

Long Beach State women's tennis, unbeaten at 5-0 in Big West play and winners of 17 straight conference regular season matches since 2013, looks to continue its success against CSUN Saturday.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

Long Beach State, CSUN Showdown Targeted For Saturday

Long Beach State seeks to stay unbeaten in Big West play Saturday when it hosts upstart CSUN at the Rhodes Tennis Center.  The 49ers (10-3, 5-0 Big West) recently won back-to-back matches against Ivy League powers No. 23 Dartmouth and No. 40 Harvard, and are now zeroing in on winning their eighth Big West regular season title in 10 years.

Cue up CSUN, which has lost the last 19 meetings against the 49ers and last defeated them in 2000.  The Matadors are off to a terrific 11-2 start and also handed highly ranked Dartmouth a 4-3 loss on Wednesday.  The Big Green entered that match ranked No. 29 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.  The Matadors are 3-1 in Big West play.  LBSU brings a 17-match winning streak in Big West regular season matches into this tilt.

UC Irvine Men Continue To Roll

With a winning streak at 10 consecutive matches and climbing, the UC Irvine men now stand at 16-9 overall and ranked No. 75 in the ITA poll.  The Anteaters returned to a familiar place in their last victory, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, to hand Big 10 Conference foe Purdue a 4-2 loss in the Oracle Collegiate Challenge.  After playing 13 matches in the month of March, the Anteaters are off until April 1 when they embark upon a rare home-away doubleheader.  UCI hosts Fresno State at 10 am before loading up the van and trekking up the 91 freeway to face UC Riverside for a 3:00 p.m. conference match in the Inland Empire.

UC Davis Also Making Strides
After posting their first winning season at the Division I level, going 14-11 overall in 2014, UC Davis is poised to surpass that standard this season.  The Aggies, on a season-high tying six-match winning streak and winners of 12 of their last 13, are 13-3 overall.  UC Davis is also ranked No. 71 by the ITA, and join three other Big West squads also perched in the rankings – No. 64 Cal Poly, No. 66 UC Santa Barbara and No. 75 UCI.  With so much parity on the men’s side, the upcoming Big West regular season matchups are sure to be intense.  The Aggies just eked out a 4-3 decision at Hawai‘i.  Before it tackles any additional conference assignments, UC Davis must first contend with the No. 1 ranked team in NCAA Division II in Hawai‘i-Pacific on Friday.

Nguyen Ranked In Singles

Hawai‘i standout Cindy Nguyen, a 2014 first-team all-conference pick in singles as a freshman, is showing no signs of a sophomore slump.  She has now won four straight and 10 of her last 11 contests at No. 1 for the Rainbow Wahine, and is tabbed No. 83 in the latest ITA Singles poll.

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.