May 9, 2006
WCC Squads Prepare For Postseason
Three WCC tennis squads begin postseason play this week, with all of the teams taking the court in Malibu, CA.
The Pepperdine men's and women's squads will both be hosting first and second round action at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center, while the San Diego men's team will face TCU in first round play on Pepperdine's home court.
The second-seeded Pepperdine men's team will face Montana State in first round action on Saturday. Scott Doerner, the two-time WCC Player of the Year, will lead the Waves against a Bobcat squad that recently claimed its third straight Big Sky Conference title. Doerner, the No. 8 ranked player in the ITA singles rankings, is joined by No. 31 ranked Pedro Rico and No. 92 ranked Ivor Lovrak in the Waves' lineup. Pepperdine has recorded a 30-2 mark this season, the best regular season record in Head Coach Adam Steinberg's tenure in Malibu.
San Diego earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season, and is led by a strong trio of seniors in Pierrick Ysern, Oscar Plotnik, and Mirza Koristovic. USD posted a 15-6 record during the regular season, and was ranked as high as No. 23 in the ITA team listing. Ysern, the 2005 NCAA singles runner-up, is ranked No. 42 in the ITA singles ranking and has teamed up with Thomas Liversage to form the No. 24 ranked doubles duo in the nation. The Toreros will face the No. 32 ranked Horned Frogs in first round play on Saturday.
The Pepperdine women's team currently holds a No. 13 ITA ranking and enters the NCAA Tournament on a six-match winning streak after claiming its fourth straight WCC Championship. The Waves are 20-3 overall, with all three of their losses coming to teams currently ranked in the top-seven. Sophomore Bianca Dulgheru, the No. 22 ranked singles competitor in the ITA rankings, leads the Waves after going 18-3 in dual match play. Dulgheru took home WCC Player of the Year honors for the 2006 campaign. The Waves will meet Wichita State, champions of the Missouri Valley Conference, in first round play on Friday.
NCAA Tournament Schedule
WOMEN'S FIRST & SECOND ROUNDS
Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center (Malibu, CA)
Pepperdine vs. Wichita State - 12:00 PM
UCLA vs. San Diego State - 3:00 PM
Women's Second Round - 3:00 PM
MEN'S FIRST & SECOND ROUNDS
Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center (Malibu, CA)
Pepperdine vs. Montana State - 9:00 AM
San Diego vs. TCU - 12:00 PM
Men's Second Round - 1:00 PM
NCAA Tennis Championships - May 18-29 - Taube Tennis Center (Stanford, CA)
WCC Team Notes
- The Gonzaga men's squad finished the 2006 campaign with a 6-22 overall record and an eighth place finish at the WCC Championship.
- Cooper Fratt enjoyed a solid sophomore campaign, registering an 11-17 record at three different singles spots for the Zags. Fratt notched the only win by a Gonzaga player at the WCC Championships, handing Portland's Scott Kennel a straight set defeat in the seventh place match.
- The Gonzaga women's team closed out the 2006 season with a 3-23 overall record and an eighth place finish at the WCC Championship.
- Emily Anderson became just the fourth Gonzaga women's tennis player to earn All-WCC honors after being named as an honorable mention selection. Anderson posted an 11-11 mark at the No. 1 singles spot, and went 4-1 against WCC opponents in 2006.
Loyola Marymount Lions
- Nico Terrien earned first team All-WCC honors in singles play for the second time after receiving first team recognition as a freshman in 2004. Terrien also paired with Michael Chan to earn honorable mention doubles honors. The duo set an LMU program record for wins by going 21-7 in 2006.
- Mike Wojnarowicz was named as an All-WCC honorable mention selection after setting the LMU career singles victory mark with an 82-60 record.
- The LMU women's squad was well represented on the All-WCC team, as six different Lions were tabbed for all-conference honors. Pavla Mesterova was named to the first team, while Robyn Baker earned second team recognition.
- Baker and Mesterova earned first team All-WCC honors as a doubles tandem, and were named as the WCC doubles duo of the month after going 4-2 in April.
- Pepperdine's men's team closed out the regular season by claiming its 37th conference title in April. The Waves were led by WCC Player of the Year Scott Doerner, who earned his second straight conference Player of the Year honor.
- Pedro Rico and Ivor Lovrak joined Doerner on the All-WCC first team. It marked the fourth straight selection for Rico, who joined San Diego's Pierrick Ysern as the only players to earn four straight first team selections since the WCC honors began in 1998.
- Bianca Dulgheru, the WCC Player of the Year, helped Pepperdine's women's team close out its 18th conference title in April. Dulgheru became just the second player to ever earn WCC Freshman of the Year honors and Player of the Year honors in consecutive seasons, following former Wave Charlotte Vernaz (2001 & 2002).
- Natalie Braverman earned her third career first team All-WCC selection this season.
- Matthew Loucks highlighted the All-WCC honorees for Portland, earning first team all-conference recognition for the first time in his career after posting a 13-9 overall record.
- James Redpath received All-WCC honors in doubles play for the second straight season, teaming with Scott Kennel to earn second team recognition.
- The UP women's squad wrapped up the 2006 season with a 5-17-1 record and a sixth place finish at the WCC Championship.
- Lindsey Griffin was the only Pilot to notch a win at the No. 1 singles spot in 2006, recording victories in the top slot against both Linfield (2/24) and Whitman (2/25). Griffin also teamed with Katie Kennel to go 6-8 in dual matches at the No. 1 doubles position.
Saint Mary's Gaels
- Three different Saint Mary's men's players earned All-WCC honors in singles play, as Achim Christner, Martin Marechal, and Julien Tizot were named as honorable mention selections.
- Christner enjoyed an outstanding freshman campaign, as the native of Germany posted a 15-5 overall record, including a 10-5 mark at the No. 5 singles spot.
- Saint Mary's women's team went 11-9 on the season, including a 7-4 record against WCC opponents, and finished fourth at the WCC Championship to match the program's highest ever finish.
- Four Gaels received All-WCC honors, with Erin Young becoming the first SMC player to ever receive WCC Freshman of the Year honors. Aude Lambert was tabbed for first team recognition, while Kate Harden and Jessica Hoath were named to the All-WCC second team.
San Diego Toreros
- San Diego's men's team capped the regular season by winning seven of their last eight dual matches. The Toreros have been led by Pierrick Ysern, who earned his fourth straight All-WCC first team selection this season.
- Ryo Sekiguchi was named WCC Freshman of the Year, becoming the first player in San Diego program history to earn the honor.
- Emma Murphy earned an at-large selection to the NCAA Singles Championship after posting a 13-2 record at the No. 1 singles position. Murphy became just the second four-time all-conference first team selection in WCC history, duplicating a feat set by former Torero Zuzana Lesenarova.
- Murphy teamed with Lauren Perl to earn All-WCC first team honors in doubles play, and the duo will be alternates at the NCAA Doubles Championship.
San Francisco Dons
- San Francisco's men's team finished in third place at the WCC Championship, and junior Matthew Berry was named to the All-WCC second team after posting a 10-13 mark at the No. 1 singles spot.
- Thong Tu produced a 14-9 record in dual matches, including a 6-1 mark at the No. 4 singles position, and earned All-WCC honorable mention honors along with USF teammate Korbinian Kramer.
- The USF women's team capped a solid season with a 13-7 overall record and a fifth place finish at the WCC Championship.
- Mylene Martin enjoyed an outstanding freshman campaign, posting a perfect 19-0 record at the No. 5 singles position. Martin was tabbed for All-WCC honorable mention honors, along with teammates Camille Pamart and Emma Taylor.
Santa Clara Broncos
- Jan Macek closed out his senior season with his first-ever All-WCC first team selection. Macek played every dual match at the No. 1 singles spot for the Broncos, going 15-20 and 5-4 against opponents from the WCC.
- Brian Brogan emerged as one of the most versatile players on the Santa Clara squad, compiling a 15-16 record while playing in five different singles spots. Brogan clinched a team-leading four dual matches during the 2006 season.
- The Santa Clara women's team wrapped up the 2006 season with a 7-13 overall record and a 3-5 mark against WCC opponents.
- Myra Davoudi and Casey Knutson were named as All-WCC honorable mention selections after leading the Broncos to a seventh place finish at the WCC Championship. Davoudi went 11-11 in dual match singles play, while Knutson posted an 11-9 mark.