2017 Big West Women’s Tennis Tournament
Semifinal Round - Saturday, April 29
No. 1/8/9 winner vs. No. 4/5 winner - 9 a.m.
No. 2/7 winner vs. No. 3/6 winner - 9 a.m.
Championship Match - Sunday, April 30
Winner of semifinal 1 vs. winner of semifinal 2 - 9 a.m.
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DAVIS, Calif. - Now that the regular season is complete, all attention will now shift to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., which is where this year’s league playoffs will take place for the 14th consecutive year.
Action will begin on Thursday, when No. 8 UC Irvine and No. 9 UC Riverside meet in the first round, with the winner drawing No. 1-seeded Hawai’i in Friday’s quarterfinal round. Other quarterfinals taking place that day include No. 2 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 7 Cal Poly, No. 4 Cal State Fullerton vs. No. 5 CSUN, and the Aggies’ matchup against No. 3 Long Beach State.
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UC Davis and Long Beach State squared off on April 7 when the 49ers visited Davis for this conference tilt. Even though the Aggies lost that match by a 4-2 score, this dual was a unique one since it was forced indoors due to rain, started at an abnormal hour (9 p.m.) and ended shortly before midnight.
That night, UC Davis won all three doubles matches, and saw Jessie Lee record a straight-set victory against the defending league champions.
Lee is one of five Aggies who enter this weekend’s playoff quarterfinal with 10 or more singles wins; she and Kristy Jorgensen, who picked up her 10th singles win of the season in last week’s regular season finale vs. UC Riverside, Kristina Breisacher (13 wins), and Isabella von Ebbe (14 wins) trail Nikita Pradeep and her team-high 16 victories.
Long Beach State also has a quintet of singles players that will lead the way throughout its playoff run: Lena Pacholski (team-high 16), Natalia Munoz (14), Julie Gerard (13), Maeva Razakasoa (12) and Laura Eales (11).
The doubles team of Eales-Pacholski led all 49ers with 12 doubles wins, followed by the team of Maren Helgo-Munoz, which is responsible for another 10.
Whichever team wins this matchup will advance to Saturday’s 9 a.m. semifinal to face either UC Santa Barbara or Cal Poly.