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UC Davis Eyes First Men's Tennis Title

4/15/2015

2015 Tennis Release No. 14

Already having set the program standard for most Division I victories (15) in a single-season, UC Davis looks to establish another first – a Big West men's tennis championship.  The Aggies can do just that with wins this week at UC Riverside and UC Irvine.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

UC Davis Seeks First Men’s Tennis Title
UC Davis is on the cusp of clinching the program’s first Big West regular season title, and can win it outright this week with road victories against UC Riverside and UC Irvine.  The Aggies improved to 3-0 in Big West play with last week’s triumphs over then-No. 49 Cal Poly and then-No. 65 UC Santa Barbara.  It is the first time that UC Davis has won three conference regular season matches since joining the Big West prior to the 2008 season.

The Aggies finished their home schedule with a perfect 8-0 record and improved to 15-4 overall by defeating the two Central Coast foes.  The 15 wins are tied for the fifth-most all-time on the Big West single-season list, represent a school Division I record, and are the most in a single-season since UC Davis finished 15-3 in 1993.

The two wins lifted the Aggie record against ranked opponents to 4-2 this season, with the only two setbacks coming early in the season against then-No. 30 Stanford and then-No. 15 California.  Now, UC Davis seeks to become the fourth different school in the last four years to share or win outright the Big West regular season title – Hawai‘i (2014), Cal Poly and UC Irvine (2013) and Cal Poly (2012).  After defeating the Mustangs and Gauchos for the first time in its Division I history, UC Davis turns its attention to the upcoming southern California trip with an opportunity to clinch at least a share of the crown with a victory on Saturday at UC Riverside.

UC Irvine (2-1) and Cal Poly (3-1) remain in contention to earn at least a piece of the title. The potential for a four-way tie for the title at 3-2 exists between four schools – Cal Poly, UC Davis, UCI and UCSB.  UCI can ensure at least a tie for the crown with wins against UH and UC Davis.  Cal Poly could do the same with a win on Saturday against rival UCSB.

Long Beach State Clinches Its Eighth Regular Season Title
Long Beach State secured its eighth regular season title in the last 10 years following Friday’s 6-1 win against then-No. 57 UC Santa Barbara.

The 49ers have won seven outright titles and shared an eighth since the Big West instituted a round robin league schedule in 2006.  With a win at home on Thursday against UC Riverside, LBSU would finish Big West play undefeated for a seventh time, having gone unbeaten previously in 2006 (7-0), 2008 (8-0), 2009 (8-0), 2010 (8-0), 2012 (8-0) and 2014 (8-0).  In all-time Big West regular season matches, the 49ers own a record of 75-3 (.962).  LBSU takes a 19-match win streak against Big West opponents into its matchup with UCR.

LBSU is No. 41 in this week’s ITA poll, followed by No. 54 UCI, No. 63 UCSB and No. 74 CSUN.

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.