April 20, 2006
2006 WCC Tennis Championships
The WCC men's and women's tennis championships return to the Bay Area this year, with Saint Mary's College hosting the men's tournament at the Korth Tennis Complex, while the women's event will take place at the Degheri Tennis Center on the Santa Clara University campus.
The Pepperdine men's team will be looking for its 16th straight West Coast Conference crown, having claimed each team title since 1991 and 36 WCC championships overall. Leading the way for the Waves will be Scott Doerner, who is the highest ranked singles player in the conference at No. 5 in the ITA listing and is the reigning WCC Player of the Year. Doerner has also teamed with Andre Begemann this season to form the No. 3 ranked doubles duo in the nation for the Waves. San Diego will look to break through after five straight second place finishes at the WCC Championship, and is led by the 2005 NCAA singles tournament runner-up Pierrick Ysern.
On the women's side, the Waves will attempt to capture their fourth straight WCC title and their 18th conference crown in 19 years. Pepperdine has been ranked as high as No. 6 in the ITA listing this season, and is led by No. 25 ranked singles competitor Bianca Dulgheru, the 2005 WCC Freshman of the Year. San Diego has finished second in 17 of the 20 WCC Championship events, and will be looking for its first conference title behind the play of two-time WCC Player of the Year Emma Murphy. The senior will attempt to become the first netter to earn three straight WCC Player of the Year honors since San Diego's Zuzana Lesenarova snared the league's top honor from 1998-2000. Also looking to make an impact in this season's conference championship are LMU and Saint Mary's, who each earned national rankings during the 2006 campaign. The Lions checked in at No. 60 on March 7 and are currently ranked No. 67, while the Gaels earned the highest ranking in program history at No. 56 on March 7.
Around The WCC
LMU's Sanchez Reaches 400 Win Mark
LMU women's tennis Head Coach Jamie Sanchez recorded his 400th career dual match victory when the Lions handed Cornell a 6-1 defeat on March 24. Sanchez is just the second coach in WCC history to reach the 400-win mark, following Pepperdine's Gualberto Escudero, and he is the second coach in LMU athletics history to reach the milestone.
Pepperdine Tandem Earns No. 1 Ranking
The Pepperdine doubles duo of Scott Doerner and Andre Begemann earned the No. 1 ranking in the ITA listing on March 7, and held onto the top spot for over a month. The tandem has posted a 22-4 record at the No. 1 doubles spot in dual matches, and has notched an 11-1 mark against ranked opponents.
WCC Team Notes
- Marco Pineda and Robert Penney each collected singles wins in Gonzaga victories over Lewis-Clark State and Weber State to help the Zags put together a season-high four-match winning streak in early April. Pineda and Penney have combined to post 18 dual match singles victories so far this season.
- Cooper Fratt has enjoyed a solid sophomore campaign, registering a 10-15 record at three different singles spots for the Zags.
- Emily Anderson emerged as Gonzaga's top player on the women's side, as the transfer from American notched a record of 11-10 at the No. 1 singles position. Anderson has won two of her last three dual match contests.
- The women's team snapped a 10-match losing streak with a win over Idaho State on April 9. Carrie Schofield clinched the win with a triumph at the No. 5 singles spot.
Loyola Marymount Lions
- Reyniere Roxas emerged as one of LMU's top performers during the regular season, as the junior notched a 16-7 record in dual matches.
- Nico Terrien and Mike Wojnarowicz, LMU's two All-WCC honorable mention performers from 2005, have combined to notch a 25-21 record in dual match singles play at the top of the Lions' lineup.
- The doubles tandem of Pavla Mesterova and Robyn Baker registered an impressive upset against Fresno State on April 9, posting a convincing 8-4 win at the No. 1 doubles spot against the then-No. 6 ranked Bulldog duo of Lucia Sainz and Katharina Winterhalter.
- Mesterova received WCC Player of the Month honors for February after notching an undefeated 9-0 mark in dual match play. The sophomore finished the regular season with a 13-7 record at the No. 1 singles spot, and is currently ranked No. 76 in the ITA singles listing.
- Pepperdine's men's and women's teams will look to continue their dominance at the WCC Championships. The men's squad has won 36 WCC tennis titles, the most championships won by one program in any conference sponsored sport. The women's team has won 17 titles in the 20 years of the WCC Championship.
- Scott Doerner is the highest ranked WCC player on the men's side, checking in at No. 5 in the latest ITA listing. Doerner has gone 20-6 at the No. 1 singles spot this season.
- Pepperdine's men's team finished in second place at the prestigious ITA Indoor Championships, falling to No. 1 Georgia in the final.
- Bianca Dulgheru ended the regular season on a nine-match winning streak to improve to 17-3 on the year. Dulgheru, the 2005 WCC Freshman of the Year, is the highest ranked women's competitor among WCC players at No. 24.
- Matthew Loucks and James Redpath will attempt to become just the second doubles tandem in WCC Championship history to be named All-WCC in consecutive seasons. The duo has posted a 3-3 mark in limited action at the No. 1 doubles position this season.
- The Portland men's squad closed out the regular season with three straight wins at the Eastern Washington Invite. The Pilots did not concede a team point in wins over Idaho State, Weber State, and the host Eagles.
- Lindsey Griffin is the only Pilot to have notched a win at the No. 1 singles spot, having posted wins at the top slot against both Linfield (2/24) and Whitman (2/25).
- Laura Leoni and Jaclyn Soltysik have gone 5-5 at the No. 2 doubles spot this season.
Saint Mary's Gaels
- Julien Tizot, who has gone 7-8 in dual matches this season, looks to become the first Gael to earn All-WCC honors in straight seasons in 2006.
- Achim Christner has been SMC's most consistent competitor this season, as the freshman has notched a 10-5 mark in dual matches.
- Saint Mary's women's team registered the first win over a ranked team in program history on February 11, recording a 4-1 win over then-No. 63 ranked Pacific. The Gaels earned the first ITA ranking in program history following the victory, and were ranked as high as No. 56 during the regular season.
- Aude Lambert became the first Saint Mary's player to earn a singles ranking, checking in at No. 124 on March 21. Lambert has posted a 12-5 record at the No. 1 singles spot this season.
San Diego Toreros
- San Diego's men's team capped the regular season with five straight wins, including a victory over then-No. 23 ranked Boise State on April 12. The Toreros are currently ranked No. 34 in the nation.
- Pierrick Ysern, the 2005 NCAA singles runner-up, has teamed with Thomas Liversage to form one of the top doubles duos in the nation. The tandem has posted a 9-2 record this season, and is currently ranked No. 13 in the ITA doubles listing.
- Emma Murphy will attempt to become the first player to earn three straight WCC Player of the Year honors since former Torero Zuzana Lesenarova accomplished the feat from 1998-2000. The No. 43 ranked Murphy enters the WCC Championship with a 13-2 dual match record.
- Murphy has teamed with Lauren Perl to record a 9-5 mark at the No. 1 doubles position this season, and the duo is currently listed at No. 44 in the ITA rankings.
San Francisco Dons
- San Francisco's men's team closed out the regular season with two wins in their last three dual matches, including a 5-2 win over WCC rival Saint Mary's on April 9.
- Thong Tu has produced an 12-9 record in dual matches, including a 4-1 mark at the No. 4 singles position this season. Tu has teamed with Falko Huettenberger to notch a 5-2 record at the No. 3 doubles spot.
- The USF women's team has received outstanding production from a pair of freshmen from France this season. Sarah Oudomvilay has gone 14-3 at the No. 5 position, while Mylene Martin has notched a spotless 16-0 record at the No. 6 singles spot.
- The doubles duo of Jenny Sperry and Emma Taylor have registered a 9-4 record, while playing exclusively at the No. 2 doubles position this season.
Santa Clara Broncos
- Brian Brogan has clinched a team-high four wins for the Broncos this season. Brogan, who has posted a record of 12-11 on the season, clinched SCU's win over Idaho on April 9 with a straight set win at the No. 2 singles position.
- Jan Macek has played every dual match at the No. 1 spot for the Broncos, posting a 10-14 mark. Macek has registered an outstanding 5-1 record against opponents from the WCC this season.
- Mayra Davoudi teamed with Kelly Leathers to post a win at the No. 2 doubles spot against Saint Mary's on April 8. It marked the first time this season that the duo has paired up in a dual match.
- Davoudi has posted a 5-6 record in dual match play this season, including a 4-3 mark at the No. 5 singles position.