Sports picks, Aug. 14

Women’s soccer

49ers ranked second in coaches’ poll

Long Beach State was edged by UC Santa Barbara for the top spot in the Big West Conference preseason coaches Tuesday. The two-time defending regular season conference champions earned three first-place votes and 73 points from the nine coaches in the Big West, just one point behind the Gauchos. The 49ers were 13-7 last season and will return 10 starters this season, including All-Region selections Hayley Bolt and Kim Silos, who’s seven goals shy of the school-record 33.

Scrimmage scheduled Saturday

Head coach Mauricio Ingrassia’s team will host San Diego State at George Allen Field at 5 p.m. The regular season opener is against visiting Gonzaga on Friday, Aug. 22 at 1 p.m.

Women’s tennis

Team, five players honored for academics

LBSU was recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Monday with All-Academic awards for 2007-08. For the fifth time in six seasons, the 49ers were one of three Big West teams recognized with the national academic team honor as they combined for a 3.7 GPA. Deborah Armstrong, Stephanie Bengson, Hannah Grady, Lisa Hagele and Jessica Weeks were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.

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