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Tennis

Beach Builds Home Court Win Streak

3/22/2017

Big West Tennis Release No. 11

The Long Beach State women have won 14 straight matches at home, and put that streak on the line against a pair of nationally ranked foes this week.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE


Cal Poly Men Extend Streak
Cal Poly moved up in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association men’s rankings, checking in at No. 43.  The Mustangs won their sixth in a row after dispatching Fresno State on the road last week.  They are idle this week, but resume play next Tuesday with conference matches in five of their last six to close out the regular season.  Cal Poly starts on the islands against Hawai‘i in the continuation of a six-match roadtrip.

Light Week Ahead For Men’s Tennis
With a majority of schools encountering final exams this week, only four matches are on tap.  Hawai‘i hosts three of them as Elon, No. 40 Washington and Fresno State visit Honolulu.  UC Santa Barbara hosts Princeton on Sunday to round out the schedule.

Long Beach State Revs Up
Long Beach State takes a 14-match home winning streak into a pair of encounters with nationally ranking competition this week.  The Beach, winners of six straight overall, host No. 39 Dartmouth and No. 46 Denver.  LBSU is 11-2 this season. Senior Maeva Razakasoa, now the all-time wins leader in singles at Long Beach State, looking to add to her total of 103.  LBSU is also 4-1 this year in matches that have gone the distance.

Cal State Fullerton Still Trucking Along
Cal State Fullerton improved to 13-1 – its best start through 14 matches in school history – knocking off previously undefeated Nebraska last Tuesday.  The 4-1 victory stopped the Huskers’ 14-0 start.  Nebraska entered the day ranked No. 49 in the ITA poll, but fell out just before the start of the match when the new rankings were released.  CSF has won the doubles point 13 times in 14 matches this season.

Hawai‘i Looks To Spring Upset Of No. 5 Stanford
The Hawai‘i women are leaving the mainland for the second time this season, taking on No. 5 Stanford on Sunday.  The Rainbow Wahine also host Elon on Wednesday.  UH hopes to end a two-match skid before heading to the Bay Area to face the Cardinal.

In The Rankings
In addition to the Cal Poly men’s team ranking, Big West individuals are ranked in singles and doubles by the ITA.  Cal Poly teammates Ben Donovan and Corey Pang are ranked No. 84 and No. 122 in singles, respectively.  On the women’s side, UC Santa Barbara’s Jaimee Gilbertson is No. 107.  In doubles, the UC Santa Barbara men’s pairing of Simon Freund and Morgan Mays sits at No. 9 in the country.  Pang and Donovan represent the Mustangs as the 41st-ranked duo.  In women’s doubles, UCSB boasts three ranked tandems – Palina Dubavets and Melissa Baker at No. 46, Dubavets and Stefani Stojic at No. 63, and Melissa Baker and Stephanie Yamada at No. 76.

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