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Portland, Gonzaga Claim WCC Women’s Tennis Honors

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference has named Portland senior Lucia Butkovska the West Coast Conference Singles Player of the Week and the Gonzaga duo of Samantha Polayes and Sophie Whittle the Doubles Team of the Week.

Butkovska went 3-0 in dual singles matches this weekend with two wins over ranked opponents, including a straight sets victory against the No. 2 ranked player in the nation to earn her first conference singles honor of the season. Butkovska opened the weekend with the most impressive singles win in University of Portland tennis history when she defeated Pepperdine’s Luisa Stefani, ranked No. 2 in last week’s ITA singles rankings, 6-2, 6-3. Butkovska followed with a 6-2, 6-4 win over LMU’s Jessica Perez in Portland’s 4-0 victory over the Lions on Saturday. The Bratislava, Slovakia native logged another win over a ranked opponent on Sunday, defeated No. 119 Nuria Ruiz Ormeno 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to clinch a 4-0 win for the Pilots over Colorado on Senior Day. Butkovska improved her spring dual singles record to 11-2 overall, 5-1 in WCC play and 3-0 against ranked opponents.

Polayes and Whittle earn their second doubles honor this season after going 2-0 last weekend to help the Zags clinch the doubles points against Loyola Marymount and No. 9 Pepperdine. Versus the Lions, the pair dispatched Jessica Perez and Elvira Juravliova 6-4 at No. 1 doubles. A day later against the Waves, the duo came from behind to beat the 17th-ranked doubles team in the nation, Luisa Stefani and Apichaya Runglerdkriangrai. Trailing 4-5 and down to their last game, the Gonzaga pair pulled even at 5-all, broke Pepperdine’s serve for a 6-5 lead, and then Whittle held her serve to clinch the win and the doubles point. It was their first match against a nationally-ranked squad, and they now have 24 doubles wins on the year, including a 12-4 mark in dual play.

Also Nominated Singles: Elvira Juravliova, Loyola Marymount; Dzina Milovanovic, Pepperdine; Drew Spinosa, San Diego
Also Nominated Doubles: Matea Cutura and Christine Maddox, Pepperdine; Marta Stojanovic and Maria-Paula Torres, San Diego 

2016 WCC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week
Week 1 (2/9) – Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
Week 2 (2/16) – Viktoriya Dzyuba, Pacific
Week 3 (2/23) – Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
Week 4 (3/1) – Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
Week 5 (3/8) – Radina Dimitrova, Portland
Week 6 (3/15) – Samantha Polayes, Gonzaga
Week 7 (3/22) – Daniella Silva, Santa Clara
Week 8 (3/29) – Sophie Whittle, Gonzaga
Week 9 (4/5) – Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
Week 10 (4/12) – Lucia Butkovska, Portland 

2016 WCC Women’s Tennis Doubles Team of the Week
Week 1 (2/9) – Matea Cutura and Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
Week 2 (2/16) – Toby Miclat and Mayci Jones, BYU
Week 3 (2/23) – Apichaya (Jean) Runglerdkriangkrai and Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
Week 4 (3/1) – Apichaya (Jean) Runglerdkriangkrai and Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
Week 5 (3/8) – Lucia Butkovska and Jelena Lazarevic, Portland
Week 6 (3/15) – Samantha Polayes and Sophie Whittle, Gonzaga
Week 7 (3/22) – Viktoriya Dzyuba and Anneroos Nederstigt, Pacific
Week 8 (3/29) – Apichaya (Jean) Runglerdkriangkrai and Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
Week 9 (4/5) – Apichaya (Jean) Runglerdkriangkrai and Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
Week 10 (4/12) – Samantha Polayes and Sophie Whittle, Gonzaga