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Long Beach State Approaches Another Title

4/9/2015

2015 Tennis Release No. 13

Unbeaten in Big West play at 6-0, the Long Beach State women's tennis team goes for its eighth regular season title in 10 years, hosting UC Santa Barbara Friday at the Rhodes Tennis Center.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

Long Beach State Hones In On Another Crown
Seeking to continue a tradition of dominance within the Big West women’s tennis realm, Long Beach State is one conference win away from wrapping up its eighth regular season title in the last 10 years.

Since the Big West instituted a round robin league schedule in 2006, the 49ers have won the outright title six times and shared the crown on a seventh occasion.  Currently 12-5 overall and 6-0 in Big West play, the 49ers also are vying to finish the conference slate with an undefeated record for the seventh time.  LBSU previously went unbeaten in Big West play in 2006 (7-0), 2008 (8-0), 2009 (8-0), 2010 (8-0), 2012 (8-0) and 2014 (8-0).  The 49er all-time Big West regular season record is a gaudy 74-3 (.961).

Standing between LBSU and another trophy for the mantle is UC Santa Barbara.  The Gauchos (12-7, 4-1) just had a seven-match winning streak snapped by UC Irvine, and currently sit in third place in the standings.  LBSU can assure itself of no worse than a share of the regular season title by defeating the Gauchos.  Coincidentally, UCSB is one of the schools that handed LBSU a rare loss in Big West play, ending a 31-match 49er conference win streak in 2011.  The 49ers enter Friday’s contest riding another long winning streak – this one 18 straight.

Big Week Ahead For Men’s Tennis

The picture could become a lot clearer as to which school emerges as the regular season men’s champion following this week’s matches.  Cal Poly is in the best position, having already established a 3-0 conference record with home victories over Hawai‘i, UC Irvine and UC Riverside in a span of six days last week.  However, for the Mustangs to clinch the title, they need to navigate through two tough road contests to end the regular season. 

First stop is this Friday at UC Davis.  The Aggies are 13-4 overall, just one win shy of last year’s 14-win mark that established a Division I high for the program.  UC Davis is rested, having not played since Mar. 27 when a loss to Hawai‘i-Pacific ended a six-match winning streak.  Cal Poly enters the match winners of five straight.  The Aggies, 1-0 in Big West action, play out the remainder of their conference schedule over the next two weekends and a win over current first-place Cal Poly puts them in contention for the title.  UC Davis also hosts No. 65 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday.  The Gauchos are 2-1 in conference, and also fighting to stay in contention for the title.  A win over the Aggies would help their cause greatly.  UCSB has won seven of its last eight matches.

Four Men’s Teams At Double-Digit Wins
Four men’s teams – UC Irvine (17), Cal Poly (14), UC Davis (13) and UC Santa Barbara (10) – have won at least 10 games this season.  It is the first time since 2011 that four teams have recorded double-digit victories.

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.