Titans Seek To Improve Historic Start
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This Week in the Big West - February 29-March 6, 2016
Big West Tennis Release No. 8
Cal State Fullerton hosts No. 56 Hawai‘i aiming to improve upon the program's best start in school history.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Women’s Tennis Standings Features Three-Way Tie For First
Three teams are tied for first place in the Big West women’s tennis standings at 2-0 – Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara.
The Titans are enjoying a historic start. At 8-1 overall, they are off to their best start on record dating back to 1981, and are 2-0 in Big West play for the first time since 1995. In addition, CSF is riding a program record six-match win streak. The Titans have a huge home match on Thursday against Hawai‘i, which enters as the only ranked Big West program in the latest Oracle/ITA rankings. The Rainbow Wahine are ranked No. 56, coming off a near upset of No. 35 Oregon last weekend. UH also travels to UC Irvine and plays Fresno State in a neutral site match this weekend.
The Beach extended their win streak against Big West opponents in regular season matches to 22 straight with last week’s win against UC Irvine. In the midst of a 10-match homestand, LBSU attempts to lengthen that conference streak when UC Davis visits the Rhodes Tennis Center on Saturday.
UCSB defeated UH on the islands, 4-2, to improve to 2-0 in Big West play. The Gauchos step away from the conference slate for a weekend trip to the Bay Area, where they play Santa Clara, San Jose State and Saint Mary’s in succession.
Three Teams Ranked In Men’s Tennis
Three squads are ranked in the Oracle/ITA Men’s Tennis rankings this week – UC Santa Barbara at No. 46, UC Irvine at No. 69 and Cal Poly at No. 75. In a curious turn of events, UC Davis, on a six-match win streak but idle since Valentine’s Day, got no love from the ITA and fell from No. 49 to completely out of the rankings this week.
Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara continue long homestands with alternating opponents in San Francisco and Sacramento State this weekend. The Mustangs seek to return to the .500 mark after playing a tough early schedule with seven ranked opponents. The Gauchos, winners of six of their last seven contests, have played nine ranked opponents to challenge themselves.
UC Davis and UC Irvine return to action after long breaks, while UC Riverside is idle after posting their first three-match win streak since 2012.
Young Talent Bodes Well For Big West Future
One glance at the honorees for the Big West Athlete of the Week awards indicates that young talent graces the entire league. Two freshmen, two sophomore and three juniors have earned the women’s weekly awards, while only two seniors are among the seven men’s honorees so far this season. What’s more, six different schools have been represented on the women’s side, and four from the men’s.