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West Coast Conference Men's Tennis Notes

March 23, 2010

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ALL EIGHT TEAMS CONTINUE REGULAR SEASON

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Four of the eight teams have gotten off to strong starts in regular season play, owning at least a .500 winning percentage in matches played thus far. Currently, Pepperdine, Santa Clara and San Diego sit at the No. 30, 53 and 57 spots in the ITA national rankings, respectively. In addition, several individuals and doubles teams from the WCC are ranked both nationally and regionally.

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WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES
  • Gonzaga has not competed since its conference matchup against Loyola Marymount. The Zags are currently 5-8 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.

  • Against LMU, SO Jake Davis posted a singles victory at the No. 5 spot to tally the Zags' lone point.

  • Two days prior, Gonzaga competed against Penn and lost in a tough 5-2 match. The Bulldogs had SR Roman Dojcak and FR Levin Guillermo each post singles victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively. This was Dojcak's ninth win of the season, a team-best, and Guillermo's sixth win of his freshman campaign.

  • Gonzaga will travel to California for a busy conference weekend, taking on WCC rivals San Francisco (4/2), Saint Mary's (4/3), and Santa Clara (4/4).
  • Loyola Marymount's three-match win streak was snapped by a 4-3 skid against Marquette last Friday. The Lions are now 6-8 on the season and 2-2 in WCC play.

  • After dropping the doubles point to Marquette, Loyola Marymount came back to win three singles matches. SO Geza Bazula gave the Lions their first point of the day at the No. 4 spot. SR Borja Malet, who has won four out of his last five singles matches, continued on his hot streak with another win at the No. 3 position, and JR Johan Berhof gave the Lions their final point of the day by winning his No. 6 singles match in split sets (6-1, 3-6, 6-1).

  • Before the match against Marquette, the Lions had defeated Montana State (5-2), Marist (6-1), and conference foe Gonzaga (6-1).

  • LMU is scheduled to compete against Dartmouth (3/24) and BYU (3/26) this week.
  • No. 30-ranked Pepperdine were edged 4-3 by the No. 5-ranked Texas Longhorns. With the loss, the Waves fell to 6-9 overall.

  • Despite losing the doubles point, Pepperdine's 25th-ranked duo of SR Bassam Beidas and SO Alex Llompart defeated the nation's No. 4-ranked Texas squad of Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala, 9-8 (4).

  • Beidas (ranked #40 in singles) posted a dominating 6-1, 6-0 victory over Kutrovsky (ranked #7 nationally) at the No. 1 singles spot to even up the score. Llompart then won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3 position to give the Waves the lead. However, Texas (16-2) won the next three matches to be decided, all at the bottom half of the lineup, to clinch the overall victory.

  • The Waves will host Illinois (3/27) and Boise State (3/30) before hosting WCC foe Loyola Marymount and San Diego State on the same day (4/1).
  • The Portland men's tennis team has not played a match since March 6 and is not scheduled to compete again until this Friday, March 26. Before the break, the Pilots were on a six-game win streak after defeating five non-conference opponents and Loyola Marymount.

  • Portland's last couple matches both ended in convincing 7-0 victories, as the Pilots defeated Seattle and Weber State. Portland improves to 7-3 overall and is 1-0 in WCC play.

  • SR Filip Zivkovic and SR Evan Schleining have been undefeated for nine straight matches for a 9-1 record so far this season. The pair is currently ranked No. 4 in the Northwest region.

  • Portland is scheduled to compete at Cornell (3/26) before participating in the Boise State Invitational (3/27-3/28).
  • Saint Mary's dropped both its matches last week, bringing its regular season record to 3-11 overall and 0-3 in conference play. Losses came to Alabama Birmingham (4-3) and WCC crossbay rival San Francisco (5-2).

  • The Gaels got off to an early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point against Alabama Birmingham. The Gaels also won four of the six first sets in singles but only came away with two singles wins, giving the Blazers the 4-3 victory.

  • Saint Mary's lost to San Francisco for the second time this season. Like the match against UAB, the Gaels were up a set in four of the six singles matches, but SO Sherif Hamdy and FR Michael Carreno were the only Gaels to record singles wins on the day.

  • The Gaels are scheduled for three more homes games this week, starting off with UC Riverside (3/27) at 12 PM.
  • The No. 57-ranked San Diego men's tennis team came back after a 6-1 loss to BYU with a tough 5-2 win over Utah last weekend.

  • After San Diego's No. 1 singles player JR Dean Jackson retired due to an injury in his doubles match against Arizona on March 13th, the Toreros lost four straight. The Toreros' bounceback win over Utah serves as the team's eighth win of the season, bringing their record to 8-6 overall.

  • After dropping the doubles point to Utah, the Toreros swept the No. 2 through 6 singles matches with No. 6 singles player JR Abdullah Hashem finishing first (7-5, 7-6 (5)). SR Charl Wolmarans secured the victory with a split set win at the No. 2 singles position (6-4, 2-6, 6-4).

  • Four of the six singles matches went to three sets, while the others went to tiebreakers.

  • The Toreros are back at home and are scheduled to host Tulane (3/28) this week.
  • San Francisco won its sixth straight match last Sunday, defeating UAB and Sonoma State 6-1. With the wins, the Dons improve to 10-4 overall and currently own the most conference wins with three.

  • The Dons dominated the match against UAB, winning five singles points in straight sets and sweeping all three doubles matches for the point. At No. 1 singles, SO Thai Tu earned his ninth straight singles match win (7-6, 6-3).

  • San Francisco won the doubles point and the No. 2 through 6 singles matches for the 6-1 victory over Sonoma State. SR Asaf Cohen was a force to be reckoned with, shutting down his opponents, 8-2, in No. 1 doubles action and 6-0, 6-2 in No. 3 singles play.

  • San Francisco will be back on the road to face Sacramento State (3/28) at 9 AM before facing off against Gonzaga (4/2) on its home courts.
  • The No. 53-ranked Santa Clara men's tennis team improved its record to 8-4 as it picked up a 4-3 win over Alabama Birmingham last week. The Broncos have yet to compete against a conference opponent.

  • In doubles against UAB, the Santa Clara sophomore pair of Nicolas Vinel and Andrew Kells and freshman duo Tom Pham and Eugene Muchynski grabbed back-to-back wins at the No. 2 and 3 doubles positions, respectively.

  • In singles, the match tightened up as UAB took three straight wins at the No. 3, 4 and 5 spots. Down 2-3, SR Brian Brogan and SR Jay Wong both won their matches in split sets to seal the victory.

  • The Broncos will continue their seven-match, month-long home stand this week as they take on Eastern Washington (3/23) at 12:00 PM.
  • AROUND THE WCC

    Returning 2009 All-Conference Singles Players
    The West Coast Conference returns 10 players from its 2009 All-WCC singles team. Below are the players to look out for this season.

    First Team
    Alex Llompart, PEP
    Bassam Beidas, PEP
    Dean Jackson, USD
    Filip Zivkovic, POR

    Second Team
    Andrea Zannoni, SMC
    Charl Wolmarans, USD
    Ivan Lopez, LMU
    Jay Wong, SCU
    Lucas Tirelli, SMC

    Honorable Mention
    Kyle Dandan, SCU

    Pepperdine Chosen to Win 2010 WCC Title
    The Pepperdine men's tennis team was picked to win this year's West Coast Conference title in the 2010 preseason poll, as voted on by the head coaches in the conference. 2009 WCC Champion Pepperdine garnered seven first place votes for a total of 49 points in the men's poll.

    2010 WCC Preseason Poll - TEAM
    1. Pepperdine - 49 (7)
    2. San Diego - 41 (1)
    3. San Francisco - 33
    4. Santa Clara - 32
    5. Loyola Marymount - 24
    6. Portland - 21
    7. Saint Mary's - 16
    8. Gonzaga - 8
    (First place votes)

    2010 Preseason All-Conference Singles Selections
    Dean Jackson, USD
    Bassam Beidas, PEP
    Alex Llompart, PEP
    Filip Zivkovic, POR
    Ivan Lopez, LMU
    Nikola Bubnic, USD

    About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
    Long recognized as one of the best-organized collegiate sports associations, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is a non-profit service organization, which serves as the governing body of collegiate tennis in the United States. Administering a comprehensive calendar of tournaments and events and a far-reaching awards program, the goal of the ITA is to improve the level of intercollegiate tennis competition and the quality of college tennis coaching.

    Comprised of nearly 1,500 men's and women's coaches representing over 1,200 institutions across the country from all three NCAA Divisions, as well as the NAIA and Junior and Community Colleges, the ITA oversees activities involving over 15,000 varsity college student-athletes. In addition to ITA collegiate coach (and team) members, the ITA also welcomes collegiate parents, junior players and parents, alumni, corporate, federation, high school coach, and associate membership.

    To learn more about the ITA, please visit www.itatennis.com.