|Seawolves’ tennis teams joining new conference
Sonoma State University will join the Pacific West Conference as an affiliate member in the sports of men's and women's tennis beginning with the 2013-14 competition season. PacWest Commissioner Bob Hogue made the announcement on Saturday from the league headquarters in Newport Beach.
“We are extremely excited that Sonoma State has joined the PacWest as an affiliate member in men's and women's tennis,” Hogue said.
“In men's tennis, Sonoma State will fill out our eight-team field, and in women's tennis, the Seawolves will compete for one of the eight spots in our tournament.”
SSU Director of Athletics Bill Fusco echoed Hogue's comments.
“Joining the PacWest for men's and women's tennis greatly enhances the student-athlete experience providing many benefits that were not accessible competing as an independent,” he said. “Having our teams compete for a conference championship is something we all look forward to in 2013-14 and beyond.”
Women's tennis has been a staple of the PacWest and has been dominated by BYU-Hawaii, which has won all seven titles since the league reformed in 2006-07. Men's tennis was added as a conference sport this past year.
The PacWest does not conduct a conference schedule but does sponsor a pair of eight-team tournaments in the spring to determine the league champion. Azusa Pacific University will host the tournament in April of 2014.