FULLERTON, Calif. – The Cal State Fullerton women's tennis team travels to Indian Wells, Calif., this week to compete in the 2014 Big West Women's Tennis Championships at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The Titans (7-14, 1-7) received the No. 8 seed in the championship bracket and will open play at 9 am, Thursday, against No. 9 seed UC Riverside in the first round.
With a win, Fullerton would advance to play top-seeded and 52nd-ranked Long Beach State at 8 a.m., Friday. The 49ers won their 12th conference title in program history on Friday with a 7-0 sweep of UC Riverside, completing their championship season with an undefeated record of 8-0 in league play and a 17-2 mark overall.
2014 Big West Women's Tennis Championships
First Round: Thursday, April 24 | 9 a.m.| Indian Wells Tennis Garden (Indian Wells, Calif.)
UCR IN THE RANKINGS: Team: None | Singles: None | Doubles: None
CSF IN THE RANKINGS: Team: None | Singles: None | Doubles: None
Big West Championship
Fullerton holds an overall record of 16-34 dating back to 1989 at the Big West Championships, and the Titans have been the No. 8 seed 10 times with a record of 6-14 in those matches.
In first round action, dating back to 1989, the Titans hold a record of 10-12. Fullerton has never advanced out of the quarterfinals with a record of 0-11 in those matches.
The Titans hold a record of 4-2 against UC Riverside in the Big West Championships with the first meeting in 2005. The teams have met five times in the first round with Fullerton holding a 3-2 advantage including wins in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Against Long Beach State at the Big West Championships, Fullerton is 2-4 all-time including meeting the 49ers in the quarterfinals in 2010, 2011, and 2012 losing each of the three contests. Fullerton last defeated LBSU in 1993 in the qualifying (first) round.
The Titans highest seed entering the Big West Championships was last season, when Fullerton entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed. CSF was eliminated in the quarterfinals by fourth-seeded Hawai'i, 4-1.
The Titans best finish at the Big West Championships was in 1998, when Fullerton lost to UC Irvine in the fifth-place match.
Dating back to 1989 when the Big West Tournament was seeded, the lowest seed to win the championship was No. 7 Pacific in 2000.
Long Beach State has won the tournament on 10 occasions dating back to its first title in 2002 entering as the No. 2 seed. The 49ers have won the championship five times as the No. 1 seed. Current conference members UC Irvine (1), Cal Poly (1) and UC Santa Barbara (6) are the only additional programs to have won the tournament.
Regular Season Recap
Cal State Fullerton finished the season with a record of 7-14 overall and a mark of 1-7 in Big West Conference play.
The Titans lost six matches by the score of 4-3, including three in conference play.
Freshman Alexis Valenzuela (15-4), had her 14-match winning streak snapped last week as she suffered a loss to Cal Poly's Jennifer Cornea at the top of the lineup. The native of West Covina, Calif., now has more wins than any Titan singles player dating back to 2001 (the last year stats are available).
In singles dual action, Fullerton sports a record of 59-66 (.472), although the top three spots hold a winning record of 39-24 (.619), while the bottom three positions in the lineup have struggled at 20-42 (.323).
In doubles play, the Titans are 28-33 (.459) and the team of Megan Sandford and Valenzuela is 5-3 this season. Fullerton has compiled six losses this season – to Loyola Marymount (Feb. 9), UC Irvine (Feb. 13), UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 23), Georgetown (Mar. 8), Wyoming (Mar. 21) and UC Davis (April 5) – due to the loss of the doubles point which proved to be the difference.
Opponents News & Notes
UC Riverside (0-19, 0-8 Big West) enters Thursday's match looking for its first win of the season.
The Titans and Highlanders met on April 11 with Fullerton recording a 7-0 sweep at Andulka Park in Riverside, Calif.