Tennis Championships Begin In Indian Wells This Week
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2015 Tennis Release No. 15
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The UC Irvine men and Long Beach State women are the No. 1 seeds as action begins Thursday for the 2015 Big West Tennis Championships at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Long Beach State Locked In At No. 1
The Long Beach State women’s tennis program continued its tradition of dominance, finishing Big West play undefeated for the seventh time in 10 years following last Thursday’s victory over UC Riverside. In addition to going 8-0 in conference play this year, the 49ers posted undefeated marks in 2006 (7-0), 2008 (8-0), 2009 (8-0), 2010 (8-0), 2012 (8-0) and 2014 (8-0). Since the Big West instituted a round robin league schedule in 2006, LBSU owns a record of 76-3 (.962) in conference play. LBSU has won 20 straight regular season matches against Big West opponents dating back to Mar. 2, 2013 against UC Irvine.
The LBSU dominance extends to Big West Tournament performance. The 49ers have won 10 of the 11 tournament titles at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and their 11 championships overall is a Big West record.
The 49ers enter this year’s tournament winners of seven of their last nine matches. They have beaten six opponents ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association top 75, including then-No. 23 Dartmouth.
Men’s Tennis Trophy Up For Grabs At Indian Wells
The battle for the men’s tournament title appears to have several contenders, in which overall seed may not matter much. After all, the Big West’s highest nationally ranked squad is No. 54 Cal Poly in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll. The Mustangs are the No. 4 seed in the Big West Tournament. UC Irvine is ranked behind Cal Poly, No. 57 UC Davis and No. 62 UC Santa Barbara. The 73rd-ranked Anteaters are the top seed in the tournament, thanks to defeating the then-No. 53 ranked Aggies on Sunday. The head-to-head win secured a share of the Big West regular season title between UCI and UC Davis.
UCI enters Indian Wells having won 13 of its previous 16 contests. At 19-12 overall, the Anteaters are attempting to become the first Big West program to amass 20 victories since the conference went to a round-robin schedule in 2006. UCI is currently tied with the 2011 Anteater squad (19-8) for most dual match wins in a season. Head coach Trevor Kronemann seeks to lead UCI to its first Big West Tournament title since winning back-to-back crowns in 2010 and 2011.
UC Davis clinched its first conference regular season crown, and now eyes its first tournament championship. The Aggies have accumulated 16 victories, tying them for fourth-most in Big West annals for a single-season. Despite losing its final two regular season matches, Cal Poly is the defending tournament champ and has emerged victorious at Indian Wells two times in the last three years. And UCSB, under head coach Marty Davis, has won the most tourney titles (5) at Indian Wells with the last one coming in 2013 as a No. 5 seed.
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.