ICYMI: April 16-22, 2018
ICYMI: Here are the top five things that happened in the Big West last week….In Case You Missed It!
1. Long Beach State Wins Big West Championship With Sweep of Hawaii
Top-ranked Long Beach State showed its grit on Saturday night as the Beach won the inaugural Big West Championship with a convincing 3-0 [25-23, 25-14, 25-19] sweep of No. 6 Hawaii inside the Walter Pyramid to officially punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the third-straight year. The trip to the NCAA Tournament will be Long Beach State’s fifth appearance under head coach Alan Knipe and 10th overall. Full Story
The Big West Conference also announced the inaugural men’s volleyball all-conference team - complete list.
2. UC Davis Adds Women’s Beach Volleyball And Equestrian
A comprehensive selection process, which began in November, concluded on Friday when UC Davis Athletics announced the addition of women’s beach volleyball and women’s equestrian as its new varsity sports. By adding these two programs, UC Davis will now sponsor 16 women’s intercollegiate athletics teams. This is the latest example of the University’s history of leadership in women’s athletics and its commitment to Title IX compliance. Full Story
3. Long Beach State Wins Big West Championship; Big West Announces All-Conference Team
Long Beach State captured its first Big West Conference title since 2009 after firing a three-round total of 879 at the 2018 Big West Conference women’s golf championship at Strawberry Farms Golf Course (par 71, yardage 6,038). Long Beach State shot a team total of 290, the low round of the day, on day three to extend its lead to 10 strokes over second place UC Davis (889), claiming the crown. Full Story
4. Cal Poly’s Lee; Cal State Fullerton’s Ford Set Coaching Milestones
Senior southpaw Trent Shelton pitched into the eighth inning, the first Cal Poly pitcher to do so this season, and the Mustangs snapped a 3-3 tie with two runs in the sixth inning to edge Long Beach State 5-4 in the opener of a Big West Conference baseball series Friday night inside Baggett Stadium. Before 2,431 fans, the largest home crowd this season, and a national television audience (ESPNU), the Mustangs handed 16th-year head coach Larry Lee his 500th victory. Full Story
Cal State Fullerton (26-20, 11-1 BWC) took both games of Saturday’s double-header to complete the sweep of Hawai’i (20-21, 4-8 BWC). It is the third sweep of Big West play for the Titans and fourth straight series win. The win also marked the 200th of Head Coach Kelly Ford’s tenure here at Cal State Fullerton. Full Story
5. UC Santa Barbara Sweeps Men’s And Women’s Big West Conference Regular Season Championships
Another day, another impressive victory for the UC Santa Barbara men’s tennis team who swept through Cal Poly 7-0 to claim yet another conference regular season title and have the No. 1 seed heading into next week’s tournament at Indian Wells. UCSB (16-6 overall, 5-0 Big West) has been completely dominant over the last month and a half as it has won eight straight matches, five of them being conference games, and have only surrendered a total of eight points in that span. Full Story
Although the postseason holds more significance than the regular season, the final stretch of the UC Santa Barbara women’s tennis team’s season is one that can’t be overlooked. This is the case with the Gauchos, who ended their first ever regular season Big West title in the “round-robin” schedule era which began in 2006. They also clinched the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big West Tournament. Full Story