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WCC Tennis Notes - 4/12

April 12, 2006

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Apr. 12
San Diego at Boise State - 2:00 PM
Gonzaga at Eastern Washington - 3:00 PM

Apr. 14
Gonzaga vs. Montana State (Missoula, MT) - 12:00 PM
Pepperdine at Texas - 6:00 PM

Apr. 15
Gonzaga at Montana - 11:00 AM
San Francisco at Pacific - 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at Texas A&M - 5:00 PM

Apr. 17
Fresno Pacific at Santa Clara - 10:00 AM
UC Riverside at Loyola Marymount - 1:30 PM
Saint Mary's at Santa Clara* - 2:30 PM

Apr. 19
Eastern Washington at Gonzaga - 3:00 PM

Apr. 21-23
West Coast Conference Championships - Moraga, CA

WOMEN'S

Apr. 13
Oregon at Loyola Marymount - 1:30 PM
Gonzaga at Eastern Washington - 4:00 PM

Apr. 14
UC Santa Cruz Santa Clara - 2:00 PM

Apr. 15
Santa Clara at Fresno State - 9:00 AM
Saint Mary's at Fresno State - 2:00 PM

Apr. 18
Eastern Washington at Gonzaga - 4:00 PM
Cal State Northridge at Loyola Marymount - 2:00 PM

Apr. 19
San Diego State at San Diego - 2:00 PM
Santa Clara at California - 3:00 PM

Apr. 21-23
West Coast Conference Championships - Santa Clara, CA

Around The WCC

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.

Pepperdine's Lovrak & USF's Martin Remain Perfect
Pepperdine's Ivor Lovrak and San Francisco's Mylene Martin are the only two WCC players to have posted undefeated records with more than 10 wins in dual matches so far this season. Lovrak is 19-0, and plays primarily at the No. 3 spot for the No. 2 ranked Waves, while Martin is a perfect 16-0 at the No. 5 position for the Dons.

WCC In The ITA Rankings
The WCC is well represented once again in the most recent Fila ITA rankings released on April 11. The Pepperdine men's squad remained at the No. 2 spot behind Georgia, the only team that has defeated the Waves this season. The Pepperdine women's team remained the top ranked WCC squad, ascending to a season-high No. 6 rank. San Diego is the only other conference program to have teams ranked in the ITA listing, with the men's squad being ranked at No. 37 and the women's team listed at No. 54. Pepperdine has three men's players ranked in the ITA rankings, with Scott Doerner remaining the highest ranked WCC player at No. 6. Pedro Rico and the undefeated Ivor Lovrak are also ranked, checking in at No. 25 and No. 54, respectively. San Diego's Pierrick Ysern rounds out the WCC players in the singles listing at No. 47. In the doubles ranking, Doerner and Andre Begemann remained the top-ranked duo, with the tandem of Rico and Lovrak listed at No. 25. Ysern and Torero teammate Thomas Liversage continued to rise in the rankings, moving up to a season-high No. 16. Pepperdine's Bianca Dulgheru has been the highest ranked WCC women's competitor all season, and checked in at No. 25, while San Diego's Emma Murphy was listed at No. 36. Three women's duos were ranked in the doubles listing, with Pepperdine's Merve Asimgil and Sylvia Kosakowski listed at No. 21, while teammates Eva Dickes and Dulgheru are directly behind them at No. 22. San Diego's Murphy and Lauren Perl round out the WCC rankings at No. 45.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs
- The Gonzaga men's team registered back-to-back wins, topping Lewis-Clark State and Weber State. The women's team notched its third win of the year with a 5-2 victory over Idaho State on April 9.

- Marco Pineda and Robert Penney each collected singles wins in both of Gonzaga's victories. Both players also registered wins in doubles play as the Zags extended their winning streak to four matches.

- Emily Anderson has continued to be Gonzaga's top player on the women's side, as the transfer from American notched victories at the No. 1 singles spot against both Montana State and Idaho State last week.

- The men travel to Montana for two matches this weekend, while the women face Eastern Washington (4/13).

Loyola Marymount Lions
- The LMU men's team went 1-2 on a Northern California road trip, defeating UC Davis 6-1 on April 9. The women's team suffered a pair of losses, falling to Florida International and Fresno State.

- Nico Terrien lost a three-set heartbreaker at Sacramento State, but rebounded to pick up a straight-set win at the No. 1 singles position against UC Davis.

- The doubles tandem of Pavla Mesterova and Robyn Baker registered an impressive upset against Fresno State, rebounding from a loss against Florida International to post an 8-4 win at the No. 1 doubles spot against the No. 6 ranked Bulldog duo of Lucia Sainz and Katharina Winterhalter.

- The LMU men close out the regular season against UC Riverside (4/17), while the women's team hosts Oregon (4/13) and Cal State Northridge (4/18).

Pepperdine Waves
- Pepperdine's men's squad remained at No. 2 in the rankings after defeating San Diego State and Fresno State and stretched its current winning streak to 13 games. The women's team closed out its regular season slate with a 5-2 win over Florida International.

- Ivor Lovrak finished the regular season with a perfect 19-0 record in dual matches. Lovrak went 13-0 while playing at the No. 3 singles position, and posted a 6-0 mark in matches at the No. 2 spot.

- Bianca Dulgheru stretched her personal winning streak to nine matches with a win at the No. 1 spot against Florida International. Dulgheru has posted a 17-3 mark at the No. 1 spot, and teamed with Eva Dickes to notch a 17-2 mark in doubles play.

- Pepperdine's men's team travels to Texas (4/14) and Texas A&M (4/15), while the women's squad will next be in action at the WCC Championships.

Portland Pilots
- The Portland men's team was impressive at the Eastern Washington Invitational, reeling off three straight wins over Idaho State, Weber State, and the host Eagles. The women's team posted a win over EWU before falling to Washington State last week.

- Matthew Loucks stretched his winning streak to six straight matches at the No. 1 singles spot by recording three wins at the Eastern Washington Invite. The Pilots did not surrender a point last week, shutting out all three of their opponents.

- Jaclyn Soltysik notched a victory at the No. 2 singles position in the Pilots' win over Eastern Washington. All four of Soltysik's dual match wins this season have come at the No. 2 spot.

- Both UP teams will next be in action at the WCC Championships.

Saint Mary's Gaels
- Saint Mary's men's team split matches against WCC foes USF and LMU over the weekend, while the women's squad topped Santa Clara and San Francisco to improve to 6-2 against conference opponents.

- Achim Christner continued his solid freshman campaign over the weekend, registering wins at the No. 5 singles position against all three of Saint Mary's opponents. Christner improved to a team-best 10-5 in dual matches with the wins.

- Aude Lambert and Jessica Hoath have each posted 12 victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions, respectively. The two players have paired up to record an 11-5 mark at the No. 1 doubles spot so far this season.

- Saint Mary's men's team wraps up the regular season at Santa Clara (4/17), while the women's squad closes out the regular season slate on the road with three matches.

San Diego Toreros
- San Diego's No. 37 ranked men's team finished up the regular season with a 6-1 defeat of UC Santa Barbara. The USD women's squad is in the midst of a 17-day break before closing out the season.

- Pierrick Ysern and Thomas Liversage continued to ascend in the doubles rankings, checking in at a season-high No. 16 in the ITA listings on April 4. The duo is the second highest ranked doubles team in the WCC, behind Pepperdine's No. 1 ranked tandem of Scott Doerner and Andre Begemann.

- Emma Murphy is currently riding a nine-match winning streak, and has not lost a dual match contest since February 5.

- San Diego's men travel to Boise State (4/12) for a make up contest, while the Torero women host San Diego State (4/19) to close out the campaign.

San Francisco Dons
- San Francisco's men's team posted back-to-back wins for the first time this season with victories over UC Davis and Saint Mary's over the weekend. The USF women's team fell to conference foe Saint Mary's, 5-2.

- Greg Hom notched two wins at the No. 6 singles position in USF's triumphs over UC Davis and Saint Mary's. Hom, who has seen action in only four dual matches this season, improved to 3-1 with the victories.

- Mylene Martin took a step closer to finishing the season with an undefeated record, improving to 16-0 at the No. 5 position with a win against Saint Mary's. Martin also improved to 5-0 against conference opponents with the win.

- USF's men's team ends the regular season at Pacific (4/15), while the women's squad will next be in action at the WCC Championships.

Santa Clara Broncos
- Santa Clara's men's team rebounded from a pair of losses to notch a 5-1 win over Idaho in Boise, ID. The women's team was swept by Saint Mary's over the weekend.

- Brian Brogan clinched Santa Clara's win over Idaho with a straight-set victory at the No. 2 singles position. Brogan, who improved to 12-11 on the season, has clinched a team-high four wins for the Broncos.

- Mayra Davoudi teamed with Kelly Leathers to post a win at the No. 2 doubles spot against Saint Mary's. It marked the first time this season that the duo has paired up in a dual match.

- Santa Clara's men's team hosts Fresno Pacific and Saint Mary's on the same day (4/17) to wrap up the regular season. The women's team will host UC Santa Cruz (4/14) before heading to Fresno State (4/15) and California (4/19).