Long Beach State, Hawaii Attempt To Start 2-0 In Big West
Big West Tennis Release No. 5
Long Beach State and Hawai‘i, led by a pair of nationally ranked singles players, are back in action this week with home conference matches.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Long Beach State Seeks To Extend Conference Win Streak To 30
Long Beach State, the three-time defending Big West women’s tennis regular season champion, toppled UC Riverside on Saturday to lengthen its winning streak against conference opponents during the regular season to 29 straight. The Beach hosts CSUN on Saturday with an opportunity to move the streak to 30 in a row. LBSU has not lost a regular season conference contests since Mar. 30, 2013. In addition, LBSU is on an eight-match home winning streak and has not lost a Big West home match since Mar. 5, 2011.
Cal State Fullerton Opens League Play With Program-Best Start
Cal State Fullerton is 6-0, off to the program start in school history, and begins a three-match homestand on Saturday with UC Riverside in their Big West opener. The Titans play eight of their next nine contests at home.
Hawai‘i Eyes 2-0 Conference Start
In the midst of a season-opening eight-match homestand, Hawai‘i is 3-2 overall and started out Big West play with a victory over CSUN in its conference opener this week. The Rainbow Wahine welcome in another Big West opponent this week in UC Davis, which has enjoyed a 5-1 start. The Aggies also play Chaminade on their trip to the islands.
UC Davis Men Take On Top-10 Opponent
UC Davis is on a seven-game roadtrip to open the season. However, the Aggies haven’t played a match since Jan. 27, and when they take the court for the first time since then, the opponent staring back at them is No. 9 USC. After playing the Trojans on Friday, the Aggies head further south to battle San Diego and San Diego State.
Plethora Of Big West Players Ranked By ITA
The most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings of Feb. 8 features strong Big West representation in singles and doubles. Three women’s players are ranked in singles – No. 80 Palina Dubavets of UC Santa Barbara, No. 96 Cindy Nguyen of Hawai‘i and No. 124 Maeva Razakasoa of Long Beach State. Two men’s individuals own national rankings in singles, as Cal Poly’s Ben Donovan is No. 72 and UC Irvine’s Sebastian Heim is No. 95. Some top notch doubles teams also inhabit the Big West. Two Gaucho women’s tandems are recognized nationally – Melissa Baker and Stephanie Yamada are No. 41, and Palina Dubavets and Stefani Stojic make their national debut at No. 52. Another Gaucho duo, the men’s partnership of Simon Freund and Morgan Mays, rose all the way up to No. 12 in the country, while Cal Poly’s Corey Pang and Donovan are slotted in at No. 28.
Indian Wells Hosts Big West Tournament For 14th Straight Year
Indian Wells Tennis Garden is hosting the Big West Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championship for the 14th 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 27-30.