Feb. 14, 2007
San Bruno, Calif. - The latest Fila men's tennis rankings feature an unprecented five West Coast Conference teams ranked among the top 75 in the nation. Pepperdine, San Diego, Saint Mary's, Santa Clara and Portland made an appearance in this week's poll, released on Monday, February 13. Defending national champion Pepperdine leads the way at No. 10, followed by San Diego at No. 47 and Saint Mary's at No. 62. Santa Clara is tied for No. 73 and Portland rounds out the poll in a tie for 75th. The Waves, Toreros, Gaels and Broncos were all featured in last week's poll, while the Pilots are making their first appearance in the rankings this season.
Pepperdine enters the week with a 6-1 record overall after defeating No. 74 UNLV 5-2 on Sunday. The Waves boast the No. 33-ranked singles player in the nation in junior Andre Begemann, who is 13-4 in singles this season. Pepperdine has recorded wins over both Santa Clara and Saint Mary's, as well as No. 38 Northwestern and No. 49 San Diego State this season.
Since first appearing in the rankings on January 30, San Diego has gained a spot each week despite its 2-4 overall record. The Toreros have faced tough competition early this season, dropping matches to No. 6 UCLA and No. 27 Wake Forest. USD nearly upset No. 16 Boise State on February 3, losing the doubles point and falling to the Broncos 4-3.
Saint Mary's entered the ITA rankings at No. 58 on January 30, but have since slid four spots to No. 62. The Gaels are 2-3 overall this season and have dropped both of their matches against WCC opponents. SMC opened the season with back-to-back wins, but dropped three straight before rain postponed Sunday's match with Loyola Marymount.
Santa Clara made its first appearance in the ITA top 75 since 2002 last week, entering the rankings at No. 75. The Broncos jumped up two spots this week after a close loss to No. 45 Arizona State and a win over No. 64 Arizona last week, improving their overall record to 4-4.
Portland's entry into this week's rankings marks the first time in recent history that five conference teams have simultaneously appeared in the top 75. UP is 3-2 this season, defeating Gonzaga, Idaho and then-No. 70 UC Santa Barbara. The Pilots' 6-1 win over UCSB knocked the Gauchos out of the top 75, while pushing Portland over the .500 mark.