ITA Kickoff Weekend Featured On Tennis Schedule
Tennis Release No. 3
Three men's and two women's squads visit various sites around the country as part of the ITA Kickoff Weekend.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Teams Ready For ITA Kickoff Weekend
Three men’s teams and two women’s squad take on some of the nation’s top competition for the ITA Kickoff Weekend at various sites.
Cal State Fullerton is one of two Big West women’s representative to participate in the ITA Kickoff Weekend, which is played at one of 15 sites around the country. The Titans are paired up with No. 3 Florida, Louisiana-Monroe and Marshall in their four-team regional. They face the highly ranked Gators in the opening match on Saturday, and play one of the other two teams in the consolation or championship match on Sunday.
UC Santa Barbara split its two matches last week against then-No. 17 UCLA and USC, defeating the Trojans for the first time since 1994. The Gauchos hope to build upon that momentum with a trip to Auburn, Ala. UCSB squares off against new No. 17 Miami (FL) in the opening match, then meets the host Tigers or Tulane a day later.
The men’s teams comprising three of the regionals are Cal Poly, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara.
Cal Poly, off to a 2-0 start, heads to College Station, Texas, to join host Texas A&M, Georgia State and LSU. The Mustangs open with Georgia State. They could get the No. 7-ranked Red Raiders or LSU in the consolation or championship match.
UC Davis opens up with its second straight top-10 opponent at one of the two Los Angeles sites. The Aggies face No. 6 and host UCLA in the opening match. The regional also includes UCF and Utah State. UC Davis made a trip down south last week and lost to No. 5 USC.
UC Santa Barbara is the last of the men’s teams to start its season. The Gauchos are participating in a regional that includes No. 5 USC, SMU and Indiana. They start the tournament on Friday at 10:00 a.m. against SMU. UCSB is the three-time defending Big West Tournament champion.
Long Beach State Looks To Return To The Top
The 2017 season saw Long Beach State’s dominance disrupted in women’s tennis regular season play. Winners of nine of the previous 11 regular season titles, the Beach finished third in last year’s standings, behind Hawai‘i and UCSB. They also did not win the tournament championship for the second straight year after hoisting the trophy 11 times in a 12-year span. Still, LBSU is the measuring stick for success in the Big West, having won at least 17 contests in every season since the Big West went to a round-robin schedule in 2006. LBSU opens the season on Friday with a Big West tilt at UC Riverside.
Indian Wells Hosts Big West Tournament For 15th Straight Year
Indian Wells Tennis Garden is hosting the Big West Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championship for the 15th 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 26-29.