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WCC Tennis Notes - 3/16

March 16, 2006

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MEN'S TENNIS

Mar. 16
Utah at San Diego - 12:00 PM
Gonzaga at LMU* - 1:30 PM

Mar. 17
Portland vs. San Diego State (Tucson, AZ)2:00 PM

Mar. 18
Pacific at Pepperdine - 10:00 AM
Portland at Arizona - 12:00 PM
Rice at San Diego - 12:00 PM
San Francisco vs. Minnesota (Pebble Beach, CA) - 2:00 PM
Princeton at Pepperdine - 2:30 PM
Saint Mary's at Nevada - TBA

Mar. 19
Portland vs. Northern Arizona (Phoenix, AZ) - 9:00 AM
San Francisco vs. California (Pebble Beach, CA) - 2:00 PM

Mar. 20
Princeton at LMU - 1:30 PM

WOMEN'S TENNIS

Mar. 16
Idaho at San Francisco - 12:00 PM

Mar. 17
Gonzaga vs. Portland (Moraga, CA)* - 12:00 PM
New Mexico at Pepperdine - 1:30 PM
Wisconsin at San Diego - 1:30 PM

Mar. 18
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's* - 10:00 AM
Portland vs. San Francisco (Moraga, CA)* - TBA

Mar. 19
LMU vs. Ohio State(Newport Beach, CA) - 9:00 AM
Gonzaga vs. San Francisco (Moraga, CA)* - 10:00 AM
Portland at Saint Mary's* - 10:00 AM
Kansas State at San Diego - 10:00 AM
Sacramento State at Pepperdine - 11:00 AM
LMU vs. TBD (Newport Beach, CA) - 3:00 PM

Around The WCC

WCC In The ITA Rankings
The WCC is well represented once again in the most recent Fila ITA rankings released on March 7 and 14. The Pepperdine men's squad remained at the No. 2 spot behind Georgia, while the women's team moved up to No. 14. San Diego's men's team checked it at No. 35, while the USD women's squad was listed at No. 53. Two WCC women's teams currently occupy the No. 75 spot, with Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary's tied with two other programs. Three different Pepperdine men's players are listed in the singles rankings released on March 7, with Scott Doerner ranked No. 17 and Pedro Rico listed at No. 20. Ivor Lovrak rounds out the Pepperdine singles competitors at No. 62, while USD's Pierrick Ysern is ranked No. 45. Pepperdine's Bianca Dulgheru (34) and Natalie Braverman (125) were ranked in the women's listing, along with San Diego's Emma Murphy at No. 47.

SMC To Host Weekend Of WCC Women's Tennis
Four WCC women's tennis teams will be in action in Moraga this weekend, as Saint Mary's will host Gonzaga, Portland, and San Francisco for five matches at the Korth Tennis Complex. The Zags play Portland on Friday, while Saturday's slate includes two matches, with Gonzaga facing the host Gaels and Portland taking on San Francisco. The weekend wraps up on Sunday, with the Zags battling the Dons and the Pilots meeting Saint Mary's.

Pepperdine Tandem Takes Top Spot
The Pepperdine doubles duo of Scott Doerner and Andre Begemann took over the No. 1 ranking in the ITA listing released on March 7. The tandem has posed a 15-1 record at the No. 1 doubles position in dual matches, and is currently on a six-match winning streak.

WCC Players of the Month for February Announced
Loyola Marymount's Pavla Mesterova was named as the WCC Player of the Month for women's tennis, while Pepperdine's Scott Doerner and San Diego's Pierrick Ysern shared the men's Player of the Month honor for February. Mesterova went undefeated in singles play during the month of February, racking up a perfect 9-0 record at the Lions' top singles spot. All of Mesterova's wins came in straight sets. Doerner was instrumental in helping the Waves to the finals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. During the month of February, Doerner posted a 3-2 record with his two losses coming highly-ranked opposition. Ysern posted a perfect 5-0 record for February, winning each of his matches in straight sets. Ysern played a crucial role in USD's 4-3 upset of then-No. 18 ranked USC, defeating the Trojans' top player in straight sets.

WCC Championships Slated For April 21-23
The WCC Tennis Championships return to the Bay Area in 2006, with the women's tournament being held at Santa Clara University and the men's event slated to be held on the campus of Saint Mary's College. The Pepperdine's men's program has claimed 15 straight conference titles, while the Waves' women's squad will be aiming for its fourth straight WCC Crown.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs
- The Gonzaga men's team has gone on a seven-game skid after posting its first win of the season over Idaho on February 19. The Gonzaga women's squad registered victories over Calgary and Lewis-Clark State on February 25.

- Cooper Fratt has continued to be a solid player at the No. 4 singles spot, recording the lone Gonzaga points in losses at UC Davis and UC Irvine. Charles Adams notched GU's only win at the No. 6 singles position against UC Riverside.

- Emily Anderson and Erin Humphrey each posted a pair of wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, as the Bulldogs notched their first two victories of the season on February 25.

- The Gonzaga men continue an 11-match road trip at LMU (3/16), while the women's team will face three WCC squads in Moraga this weekend.

Loyola Marymount Lions
- The LMU men's team strung together a four-match winning streak in early March, while the LMU women's squad earned a No. 60 national ranking following a win over then-No. 52 ranked Boston College on March 4.

- Nico Terrien has reeled off four victories at the No. 1 singles spot in LMU's last five dual matches, earning points against UC San Diego, Georgia State, Boston College, and Montana State.

- Pavla Mesterova, the WCC Player of the Month for February, dropped her first set since January in LMU's loss to Sacramento State on March 7. Mesterova topped then-No. 74 ranked Szilvia Szegedi of Boston College in straight sets on March 4.

- The LMU men close out a nine-match homestand with three matches, including a meeting with Gonzaga (3/16). The women's team will face Ohio State in Newport Beach, CA (3/19).

Pepperdine Waves
- Pepperdine's No. 2 ranked men's team improved to 16-1 with wins over Michigan, Wake Forest, and then-No.7 ranked Baylor at home. The women's squad suffered its first setback of the season against No. 2 USC on March 1.

- Scott Doerner remained the highest ranked WCC singles competitor at No. 17, and teamed with Andre Begemann to become the top-ranked doubles duo in the nation on March 7. Doerner has gone 11-3 at the No. 1 singles spot, while the tandem of Doerner and Begeman has posted a 15-1 record in dual matches so far this season.

- Bianca Dulgheru was ranked at No. 36 in the most recent ITA listing, while Natalie Braverman jumped into the rankings at No. 125. Dulgheru has gone 10-3 at the No. 1 singles spot, while Braverman has posted a 10-3 dual match record at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions.

- Both Pepperdine squads remain at home for matches this weekend.

Portland Pilots
- Portland's men's squad fell to 5-8 after suffering three straight defeats in Albuquerque, NM, while the women's team has gone on a five-match skid following wins over Linfield and Whitman.

- James Redpath improved to 5-5 in dual match play, earning victories at the No. 2 singles position in Pilot losses to New Mexico and New Mexico State. Redpath has teamed with Matthew Loucks to post a 3-3 mark at the No. 1 doubles position so far this season.

- Portland's women's squad won five of six singles matches in an 8-1 win over Linfield, with all of the wins coming straight-sets. Lindsey Griffen posted wins at the No. 1 singles spot against both Linfield and Whitman.

- The Portland men travel to Arizona, while the women head to Moraga this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels
- Saint Mary's men's team had a three-match winning streak snapped by WCC rival Santa Clara on March 12, while the women's squad knocked off USF before dropping a pair of dual matches in San Diego.

- Alp Ozpinar has come on strong for the Gaels, winning his last four contests in dual match play. Ozpinar improved to 5-4 in dual matches with wins against Minnesota, Santa Clara, Swarthmore, and Sacramento State.

- The SMC women's team ascended to a No. 56 national ranking before dropping back to No. 75 after losses to SMU and South Florida. Aude Lambert has continued to lead the Gaels, posting a 7-3 mark at the No. 1 singles position so far this season.

- Saint Mary's men's team travels to face Nevada (3/18) and Fresno State (3/22), while the women's squad hosts Gonzaga and Portland this weekend.

San Diego Toreros
- San Diego's No. 35 ranked men's squad suffered setbacks against Middle Tennessee State and North Carolina, while the No. 53 ranked women's team topped SMU before falling to South Florida.

- Pierrick Ysern and Thomas Liversage knocked off the No. 4 ranked doubles team in the nation on March 13, as the duo topped North Carolina's Raian Luchici and Brad Pomeroy, 8-3.

- Emma Murphy jumped up to a No. 47 national singles ranking after defeating WCC rival Bianca Dulgheru of Pepperdine at the No. 1 singles position on February 25. Murphy has also teamed with Lauren Perl to form the No. 57 ranked doubles tandem in the nation.

- San Diego's men are in the midst of an eight-match homestand to close out the season, while the women's team will host Wisconsin (3/17) and Kansas State (3/19) this weekend before hitting the road for matches at LMU (3/25) and Fresno State (4/2).

San Francisco Dons
- San Francisco's men's team rebounded from a loss to Santa Clara to post a 4-2 victory over visiting Bradley on March 14. The USF women's team notched a 4-2 victory over UC Santa Barbara on March 11.

- Falko Huettenberger has notched a 4-6 record at the No. 2 singles position so far this season, marking the highest dual match win total on the USF squad. Huettenberger recently recorded a point for the Dons with a straight set win against Santa Clara.

- The USF women's squad has been nearly unbeatable at the bottom of the singles lineup, as Mylene Martin has posted a 9-0 mark at the No. 5 position, and Sarah Oudomvilay is 9-1 at the No. 6 spot.

- The San Francisco men's squad travels to Pebble Beach, CA for two dual matches, while the women's team will take on a pair of WCC foes in Moraga this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos
- Santa Clara's men's team improved to 8-7 and 4-0 against WCC teams with back-to-back wins over San Francisco and Saint Mary's. The women's squad rebounded from a loss to Pacific to edge San Jose State on March 9, 4-3.

- Tommy Hicks clinched the win over USF with a straight set victory at the No. 4 singles spot. Hicks has posted a team-best 11-3 dual match record, including a 5-1 mark at the No. 5 singles position.

- Casey Knutson has notched a 7-4 record in dual matches, while playing at four different positions in the singles lineup. Knutson has also teamed with Erika Barnes to post a 2-3 doubles mark in dual match play.

- Both of Santa Clara's squads have the week off before resuming the season March 25. The SCU men will host Tulsa, while the women head to Sacramento State.