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Early Conference Showdown Featured On Tennis Schedule

2/9/2018

Tennis Release No. 5

Long Beach State hosts Hawai‘i in a battle between two programs which have combined to win four straight women's tennis regular season titles.  Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara appear to be the frontrunners in men's tennis.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

Hawai‘i Visits Long Beach State For Women’s Tennis Showdown
Hawai‘i visits Long Beach State in an early Big West women’s tennis showdown between two programs which have combined to win the last four regular season titles.

The Rainbow Wahine notched their first Big West crown last year with a perfect 8-0 Big West record.  UH returns several key contributors from that squad, including sophomore Petra Melounova – the reigning Big West Player of the Year – and senior Marina Hruba, junior Roxanne Resma and senior Klara Pribylova.  The latter three players also earned some form of singles or doubles all-conference recognition in 2017.

Long Beach State finished third in the Big West standings last year with a 6-2 record, snapping a string of three straight regular season crowns.  However, the Beach continue to be the standard bearer in Big West play.  Since 2006, when the Big West instituted a round-robin schedule, LBSU is 90-5 (.947) overall.  The Beach won their league opener on Jan. 26 at UC Riverside, in what doubled as the team’s season opener.  UH returned from a 26-day layoff to post a 4-2 victory at San Diego on Thursday, and even its record at 1-1 on the year.

Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara Men Race Out To Strong Starts
Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara – representatives in the last two Big West Tournament men’s tennis championship matches – look to be the favorites to win the 2018 regular season crown.

Cal Poly is off to a 5-1 start, helped by newcomers Alexander Stater, Roman Shenkiryk and Andrew Whitehouse as well as holdovers Josh Ortlip, Axel Damiens and Antoine Noel.  The Mustangs head to the ASU Invitational this week to take on Fresno State and host Arizona State.  Cal Poly defeated Fresno State, 4-2, at home in its last outing on Sunday.

UC Santa Barbara moved to 3-1 following wins over San Diego State and Fresno State last week.  The only Gaucho setback so far was to No. 5 USC.  Coincidentally, Cal Poly’s only loss was to No. 7 Texas A&M.  Like the Mustangs, the Gauchos feature an impressive combination of veterans and newcomers.  Nicolas Moreno de Alboran, Simon Freund and Anders Holm anchor the top of the lineup, while newcomers Joseph Guillin, Victor Krustev and Hironori Koyanagi have contributed in the bottom three spots.  Moreno de Alboran is ranked No. 71 in the most recent Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.

Zeidan Ranked In Women’s Singles
Cal State Fullerton freshman Genevieve Zeidan is ranked No. 97 in the latest Oracle/ITA singles poll.  The native of Taipei, Taiwan, boasts a 3-1 record while shuffling between the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions in the lineup.

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.

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