Tennis Schedule Moseys On Into February
Tennis Release No. 4
The weekend is action packed with 13 men's and eight women's tennis matches on the schedule.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Weekend Packed With Tennis Action
The tennis schedule picks up again this weekend with 13 women’s and eight men’s matches.
The CSUN women become the final team – men’s or women’s – to play a season debut as the Matadors are slated to tackle a Bay Area roadtrip that takes them to San Jose State and Santa Clara. CSUN has the opportunity to unveil its top doubles team consisting of newcomer Alicia Dinkelmeyer and Elisa Elhadj.
The eight remaining women’s teams have had the chance to experience some game action. UC Davis is off to a 3-0 start following wins against Portland State, Portland and Santa Clara. The Aggies hope to continue their success down south this weekend when they take on San Diego State and UC San Diego.
Long Beach State improved to 13-0 in Big West openers, defeating UC Riverside on the road last Friday. The unblemished Beach record in conference openers goes back to 2006 when the Big West began playing a round-robin schedule. The Beach look to win their ninth straight home opener when they welcome Saint Mary’s to the Rhodes Tennis Center on Saturday.
UC Santa Barbara continues its gauntlet of formidable foes, going up against a third top-20 program in its first five matches. The Gauchos face No. 6 Pepperdine in Malibu on Friday. UCSB has lost to then-No. 17 UCLA and current No. 17 Miami (FL), but also feature a high profile win over USC. UCSB follows up with a Saturday home doubleheader against San Francisco and Kansas State.
Cal State Fullerton opens the Big West portion of its conference schedule at UC Riverside on Saturday. The Titans went 1-1 last weekend at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Gainesville, Fla. where they took on No. 3 Florida
UC Irvine and Hawai‘i remain idle this week in men’s action, but the four remaining schools are active. Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara trade off hosting duties against San Diego State and Fresno State in two solid regional tests for both programs this week.
UC Riverside makes its annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas to play in three contests – against host UNLV, Colorado State and Youngstown State. Meanwhile, a young UC Davis squad plays its home opener on Saturday against San Francisco. The starting lineup in singles includes two freshmen and two sophomores. The Aggies have lost four straight after a season-opening victory against Pacific.
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.