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WCC Men's and Women's Tennis Notes

March 22, 2007

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Upcoming Matches

Mar. 22
Nevada at LMU - 1:30 PM

Mar. 23
Pepperdine at Hawai'i - 1:00 PM
Yale at San Diego - 1:30 PM
Cornell at Santa Clara - 1:30 PM

Mar. 24
Princeton at San Diego - 12:30 PM
Pepperdine vs. Cal (Honolulu, HI) - 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Fresno State - 3:00 PM
Montana State at Santa Clara - 3:00 PM

Mar. 25
Cal Poly at LMU - 2:00 PM

Mar. 22
Nevada at LMU - 1:30 PM

Mar. 23
Marshall at San Diego - 10:00 AM
Portland at Saint Mary's - 3:00 PM

Mar. 24
Portland at Santa Clara - 10:00 AM
Sacramento State at Pepperdine - 11:30 AM
Gonzaga vs. Boise State (Seattle, WA) - 12:00 PM
Pacific at LMU - 1:00 PM

Mar. 25
Sacramento State at LMU - 9:30 AM
Santa Clara at Saint Mary's - 11:00 AM
Gonzaga at Washington - 12:00 PM
Portland at San Francisco - 1:00 PM

Around the WCC

WCC In The ITA Rankings
The WCC is again represented in the most recent Fila ITA rankings released on March 20. Both the Pepperdine men's and women's teams lead the conference, checking in at No. 15 on the men's side and No. 19 on the women's side. The men moved up five spots since last week's poll after topping then-No. 29 Florida State and then-No. 13 Texas in the past two weeks. The Wave women took down four ranked opponents in the past two weeks, jumping up seven spots in the latest poll. Bianca Dulgheru, is the highest ranked WCC singles competitor for the women at No. 45, while her teammate Sylvia Kosakowski is ranked 53rd in the singles rankings. Dulgheru and Kosakowski are also the No. 23 doubles pair in the latest rankings. No. 63 Santa Clara and No. 75 San Diego join Pepperdine in the rankings on the men's side. The Waves' Andre Begemann and San Diego's Thomas Liversage are featured in the ITA singles rankings, checking in at No. 23 and No. 47, respectively. The Waves' doubles pair of Richard Johnson and Omar Altmann find themselves sitting at No. 29 in the doubles rankings.

Players Earn February WCC Honors
Andre Begemann went 6-3 during the month of February for the Waves to earn the WCC men's singles Player of the Month award, playing exclusively at the No. 1 spot. The junior won five straight matches before falling to then-No. 2 ranked John Isner of Georgia, and his only other losses of the month came to opponents ranked in the top-five in the nation. Begemann recorded victories over No. 28 ranked Christian Groh of San Diego State, and upset No. 14 Stephen Bass of Notre Dame to clinch the match in a Pepperdine win. The Waves' doubles tandem of Omar Altmann and Richard Johnson joined Begemann in the monthly awards, earning WCC men's doubles Team of the Month. The two notched a 5-3 record during the month of February. They also achieved a No. 28 national ranking, and lost a narrow 8-6 decision to the top-ranked duo of John Isner and Luis Flores of Georgia. On the women's side, Pavla Mesterova and Tamara Tanner of Loyola Marymount were named the women's Doubles Team of the Month. Mesterova and Tanner improved to 8-3 overall on the season, going 4-1 in the month of February to start the season. In women's singles, Saint Mary's Aude Lambert earned WCC women's singles Player of the Month for February. Lambert turned in a near perfect month of February, going 7-0 in singles matches and leading the Gaels to a perfect 7-0 start on the season. The early season success marks the best start in program history, and during the seven matches Lambert dropped just one set, winning 14 of 15 sets in the No. 1 singles position.

WCC Championships Slated For April 20-22
The WCC Tennis Championships head to Southern California in 2007, with the women's tournament being held at Pepperdine University and the men's event slated to be held on the campus of the University of San Diego. The Pepperdine's men's program has claimed 16 straight conference titles, while the Waves' women's squad will be aiming for its fifth straight WCC crown.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs
- The Gonzaga men are 6-10 this season and 0-5 against WCC opponents, while the women are 2-11 overall.

- Senior Marco Pineda continues to lead the Gonzaga men's squad, posting a 9-6 record in singles matches this season. Pineda has played in the No. 2, 4 and 5 spots this season for the Zags.

- Bryce Cooper and Roman Dojcak have paired to go 11-5 at No. 3 doubles for Gonzaga so far in 2007. The tandem put together an eight match winning streak, which included wins over Saint Mary's, Santa Clara and USF.

- The women defeated Montana 5-2 on March 10 to snap a five-match losing streak.

- The men travel to the Boise State Tournament (3/28), while the women head across the state to Seattle to take on Boise State (3/24) and Washington (3/25).

Loyola Marymount Lions
- The LMU men have struggled so far, getting off to a 4-11 start, while the women are 7-6 overall.

- Pavla Mesterova and Robyn Baker are both ranked in the ITA singles Top 100. Mesterova, ranked 74th, has compiled a 10-2 record this season which includes a win over then-No. 20 Riza Zalameda of UCLA. Baker is No. 100 in the rankings, going 8-4 in 2007 with a win over then-No. 17 Nina Henkel of Cal.

- The men's squad earned its first win of the season over a West Coast Conference opponent last week, topping Gonzaga 6-1 at home. Nicolas Terrien, Jacek Twarwoski and Sam Tadevosian all earned wins in both singles and doubles against the Bulldogs.

- The LMU men host Cal Poly (3/25) and Hawai'i (4/2), while the women's squad continues their six-match homestand with Nevada (3/22), Pacific (3/24) and Sacramento State (3/25).

Pepperdine Waves
- The Pepperdine men have compiled an 11-6 record overall, while the women are 11-7 after handily defeating Princeton 6-1 on March 21.

- The men's squad moved up nine spots in the ITA rankings in the past two weeks to No. 15, after topping then-No. 29 Florida State and then-No. 13 Texas.

- The Waves boast three ranked players on the men's side in No. 23 Andre Begemann and the No. 29 ranked doubles pair of Omar Altmann and Richard Johnson.

- The Pepperdine women have beaten four ranked opponents in the past two weeks, bumping them up to No. 19 in the rankings.

- The men travel to Honolulu to face the Hawai'i (3/23) and Cal (3/24), while the women host Sacramento State (3/24) and Long Beach State (3/30) this week.

Portland Pilots
- The Portland men are second in the conference at 8-4 overall, while the women are 9-5 overall and have won three of their last five.

- The men's squad fell from the national rankings, but have won three straight matches over Saint Mary's, UC Davis and Eastern Washington.

- Filip Zivkovic has paired with Scott Kennel and Colby Jager to put together a 9-3 record at No. 1 doubles this season for the Pilots.

- No. 3 singles player Lindsey Griffin has won four straight matches on the women's side.

- The men travel to the Boise State Invitational on March 28, while the women's squad travels to the Bay Area to face Saint Mary's (3/23), Santa Clara (3/24) and San Francisco (3/25).

Saint Mary's Gaels
- The Saint Mary's men have compiled a 7-7 record overall, while the No. 70 women had their 10-match winning streak snapped by then-No. 40 Pennsylvania in the USD Tournament, before bouncing back with a win over North Texas.

- Junior Aude Lambert and freshman Femke Strijbis have led the Gael women to their 11-1 record so far. The two have combined to win 18 singles matches this season, including a win for Strijbis over then-No. 17 Nina Henkel of Cal. Strijbis is currently ranked 109th in the nation in singles.

- In Tuesday's 7-0 sweep over Northern Colorado, the men saw doubles pair Dan Anderson and Thomas Dawson-Roberts come back from down 7-4 to take home the 9-7 win.

- The SMC women host Portland (3/23) and Santa Clara (3/25) this weekend, while the men travel to Fresno State (3/24) before heading home to face Air Force (3/27).

San Diego Toreros
- The San Diego men are ranked No. 75 and are currently 7-7 overall, while the women have struggled going 3-13 so far this season.

- Junior No. 1 singles player Thomas Liversage is ranked No. 47 in the latest ITA singles rankings. Liversage leads the Torero men with a 9-3 record this season, including five straight singles wins. The South Africa-native has dropped just seven sets in 12 matches in 2007.

- The USD women ended an 11-match losing streak with a 4-3 win over Yale. The Toreros clinched the win after dropping the doubles point with victories from No. 2 singles Samantha Mouly, No. 3 singles Helene Lindstrand, No. 5 singles Alex Demidova and No. 6 singles Justine Perl.

- The San Diego men close out a 13-match homestand with Utah (3/21), Yale (3/23) and Princeton (3/24). The Torero women continue their homestand with Marshall on Friday.

San Francisco Dons
- San Francisco's men's team has accumulated a 7-8 overall record, while the women are on a three-match winning streak at 7-8 overall.

- Senior No. 1 singles player Camille Pamart has keyed the Dons to three-straight wins. Pamart has won each of her matches in the past three meets, topping North Texas, Montana and San Diego. The 6-1 victory over the Toreros marked the first win ever for the USF women over USD.

- After posting back-to-back wins over Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara, the USF men have struggled, dropping three straight. Senior Matthew Berry continues to lead the Dons, compiling an 11-3 record so far this season at No. 1 singles.

- The USF men travel to the Boise State Tournament this weekend, while the women play host to Portland (3/25), Cal Poly (3/26) and Colorado (3/27).

Santa Clara Broncos
- The Santa Clara men lead the WCC with an 12-4 overall record, while the women have turned things around of late, winning four of their last five matches.

- With a 5-2 victory over USF and a 4-1 win over Cal Poly, the Bronco men extended their winning streak to nine straight matches.

- Seniors Jan Macek and Bobby Rasmussen have paired for 16 doubles victories in 2007, helping Santa Clara take eight of the nine doubles points during their winning streak.

- The Bronco women took home victories over Montana and North Texas, dropping just one set and two sets overall en route to 6-1 and 7-0 wins, respectively.

- The SCU men host Cornell and Montanta State, while the women host Portland this week.