LONG BEACH STATE PLAYS TWO BIG WEST FOES
Long Beach State is off to its 6-0 start this season after winning a pair of matches in the Bay Area last weekend. It is the Beach’s best start since 2015 when that team also opened with six straight wins.
LBSU has never started a season 7-0.
The Beach can accomplish that feat on Thursday when they host San Diego in a match that has been rescheduled twice due to inclement weather.
LBSU also plays a couple of important matches against Big West competition. The Beach travel to Cal State Fullerton on Saturday – 1-0 in the Big West – in hopes of avenging a loss to the Titans last season. CSF is 2-1 on a current seven-match homestand.
LBSU also hosts Cal Poly on Sunday.
UC SANTA BARBARA JOINS LEAGUE FRAY
The only women’s team yet to play a Big West match is UC Santa Barbara. That changes on Sunday when the Gauchos travel to UC Davis. UCSB will first take on a couple of stiff road tests against No. 5 UCLA and No. 16 California. The Gauchos already have faced two ranked opponents this year in No. 11 Florida and No. 26 Washington.
CENTRAL COAST SQUADS HOST RANKED TEAM
The Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara get an opportunity to topple a top 25 squad as No. 22 Arizona visits both schools this week. The Mustangs last played on Feb. 9 and hope the long break helps their cause against the Wildcats on Thursday. The Gauchos stopped a three-match losing streak with a resounding win over Grand Canyon last week. Arizona represents the second-ranked opponent on UCSB’s schedule this season.
YOUTH IS SERVED
The Athlete of the Week awards have featured an impressive array of freshmen and sophomores so far this season. Freshmen and sophomores have accounted for five of the seven men’s awards, including twice from UC Santa Barbara sophomore Victor Krustev.
For the women, two Long Beach State freshmen have won the award – Wiktoria Rutkowska and Dominique Meyer – and so has UC Riverside sophomore Tia Elpusan.
GAUCHO TRIO RANKED IN ITA SINGLES POLL
The Oracle/ITA men’s singles rankings featured three UC Santa Barbara players ranked within the top 125.
Senior Nicolas Moreno de Alboran is the highest ranked player among the three Gauchos. He’s No. 14 this week. Teammate Joseph Guillin is ranked No. 27, while sophomore Victor Krustev sits at No. 116.
INDIAN WELLS HOSTS BIG WEST TOURNAMENT
Indian Wells Tennis Garden is hosting the Big West Men’s and Women’s Tennis Tournament for the 16th consecutive year. One of the premier facilities in the United States – and a host to the BNP Paribas Open – Indian Wells will host all six men’s and nine women’s teams from April 25-28. Since 2004, the first year the tournament was held at IWTG, the UCSB men have won nine titles while LBSU is the women’s leader with 11.