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WCC Men's and Women's Tennis Notes

April 5, 2007

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MEN'S
April 5
San Francisco at Santa Clara - 2:30 PM
Pacific at Saint Mary's - 3:00 PM

April 6
LMU vs. Montana State (Boise, ID) - 1:00 PM

April 7
San Diego at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Sacramento State - 1:30 PM
LMU at Boise State - 4:00 PM

April 8
Saint Mary's at San Francisco - 1:00 PM


WOMEN'S
April 5
Washington State at Santa Clara - 9:00 AM
LMU at UC Irvine - 1:30 PM
UC Davis at San Francisco - 2:00 PM
Gonzaga at Eastern Washington - 3:00 PM

April 6
Santa Clara at UT-Arlington - 2:00 PM

April 7
Pepperdine at Baylor - 10:00 AM
Oregon at San Diego - 10:00 AM
Santa Clara at SMU - 10:00 AM

April 8
Pepperdine at Texas - 10:00 AM

April 9
Pepperdine at Rice - 10:00 AM

April 10
San Diego State at San Diego - 1:30 PM
UC Santa Cruz at Santa Clara - 2:00 PM


Around the WCC

WCC In The ITA Rankings
The WCC continues to be featured in the latest ITA intercollegiate tennis rankings, published April 3. Both the Pepperdine men's and women's teams lead the conference, checking in at No. 17 on the men's side and No. 19 on the women's side. Though the men have dropped three spots since coming in at No. 14 in last week's poll, the Wave women remained stable at No. 19. The Waves' Andre Begemann and Bassam Beidas, and San Diego's Thomas Liversage are featured in the ITA singles rankings, checking in at No. 13, No. 80 and No. 49, respectively. The Waves' doubles pair of Richard Johnson and Omar Altmann find themselves sitting at No. 40 in the doubles rankings. On the women's side, Bianca Dulgheru is the highest ranked WCC singles competitor at No. 50, while her teammate Sylvia Kosakowski is ranked 56th in the singles rankings. LMU's Pavla Mesterova moved up to No. 53 in the singles rankings, while Dulgheru and Kosakowski are the No. 29 doubles pair in the latest rankings.

WCC Announces Players of the Month
This week, the WCC announced its Players of the Month for March with San Diego, LMU, Pepperdine and Saint Mary's taking home honors. San Diego's No. 1 singles player, Thomas Liversage reeled off eight straight wins to finish the month with a perfect 8-0 record and jumped to No. 47 in the national rankings, earning the men's singles award. Three of Liversage's eight wins came against opponents ranked in the top 55. In women's singles, LMU's Pavla Mesterova, playing solely at the No. 1 singles spot for the Lions, went 10-1 in March, winning her last six matches to close the month. She only lost three sets the entire month and got back into the national rankings, peaking at No. 56. Three of her wins came against conference opponents and five more against teams that were ranked in the top-75 nationally. In men's doubles, the duo of Bassam Beidas and James Lemke posted a perfect 7-0 record during the month of March. Beidas and Lemke helped the Waves post four wins over teams ranked in the top 60 en route to a 7-0 record in the month. Finally in women's doubles, twin sisters Femke Strijbis and Nienke Strijbis of Saint Mary's finished the month with a 6-1 doubles record, playing at No. 2 doubles for the Gaels. In the six matches that the duo won, they did not give up more than three games. Their lone loss came to No. 40 Penn in a close 8-6 match.

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 improved to 8-12 while playing at the Boise State Tournament. The Zag women are 2-14 this year.

- The Bulldogs bounced back from two losses in the first day of the tournament to earn a 4-3 win over Weber State and a 7-0 victory over Lewis-Clark State.

- Marco Pineda, Roman Dojcak and Brett Womack all earned victories in both of Gonzaga's wins in Boise.

- No. 6 singles player Courtney Lau has been a bright spot for the Zag women during their current seven match losing streak. Lau has recorded wins in three of the past seven matches.

- The men's squad travels to Eastern Washington (4/10) before finishing out the regular season with four matches at home (4/13-17). The women travel to Eastern Washington (4/5) next.


Loyola Marymount Lions
- The LMU men are 6-12, while the women are ranked No. 68 with their 10-8 overall record.

- Pavla Mesterova earned WCC Player of the Month honors for March after going 10-1 in the month, winning her last six matches at the end of the month. Mesterova is now ranked 53rd in the ITA singles rankings. The junior currently sports a 15-2 singles record in 2007.

- Newcomers Bliss Nixon and Elrien de Villiers earned key wins to help the Lion women upset No. 44 Long Beach State 4-3 on March 28.

- The LMU men have won two straight matches for the first time in 2007 and look to continue their success against Montana State (4/6) and Boise State (4/7) in Boise this weekend.

- The women travel to UC Irvine (4/5), Fresno State (4/14) and Cal State Northridge (4/16).


Pepperdine Waves
- The Pepperdine men and women have put together matching 15-7 overall records in dual matches so far this season.

- The men's squad has won eight of its last 10 matches and reached a high-point of No. 14 in the ITA rankings on March 27, its best ranking since February 27.

- No. 1 singles player Andre Begemann is ranked No. 13 by the ITA after topping six ranked opponents this season, including then-No. 27 Pierre Moullin of Cal and then-No. 19 Erling Tveit of Mississippi.

- The Pepperdine women are riding a six-match winning streak and handed Saint Mary's its first loss to a WCC opponent this season on Tuesday.

- The men host San Diego (4/7), while the women travel to Baylor (4/7) and Texas (4/8).


Portland Pilots
- The Portland men finished out their regular season schedule at 10-6, while the women are 10-8 with two matches remaining.

- The men went 2-2 at the the Boise State Tournament, topping Idaho State 7-0 and USF 5-2.

- Joel Kincaid has won six of his last 10 singles matches. The Pilots had to rely on Kincaid, Alex Strom and Filip Zivkovic during the tournament as they were without the services of senior captain and No. 1 singles player Colby Jager.

- Audree Jenks, who plays at No. 6 singles, is the only women's player to record wins in both of the Pilots' last two matches.

- The women travel to Boise to take on Boise State (4/13) and Utah State (4/15).


Saint Mary's Gaels
- On the men's side, the Gaels are 8-8 in dual matches, while the women have lost two straight for the first time this season and are 13-3 overall.

- Freshmen twins Femke and Nienke Strijbis finished the month of March on fire. The doubles duo was 6-1 in the No. 2 spot for the Gaels last month. The two earned WCC Doubles Team of the Month honors and are 11-4 this season.

- No. 1 singles player Aude Lambert has dropped just three sets in her 14 singles wins this season.

- The Saint Mary's men have lost just one point in their last two wins, a 7-0 victory over Northern Colorado and a 6-1 win over Air Force.

- The women host USF (4/13), while the men host Pacific (4/5) and travel to USF (4/8).


San Diego Toreros
- The San Diego men leapfrogged to No. 62 in the rankings with a 9-8 overall record and a 5-1 record in the last six matches, while the women are 5-13 but have won two straight.

- Thomas Liversage reeled off eight straight wins to earn WCC Player of the Month honors for March. Ranked No. 47 in the national rankings, Liversage posted three wins against opponents ranked in the top 55.

- The USD women notched back-to-back wins for the first time since January 24, topping Marshall and West Virginia, both by a score of 5-2. Monica Wiesener downed then-No. 67 Kellie Schmitt of Marshall to help the Toreros to the win.

- On the men's side, San Diego travels to Fresno State (4/5) and Pepperdine (4/7), while the women play host to Oregon (4/7) and San Diego State (4/10) to close out the season.


San Francisco Dons
- USF's men are 9-10 this season, while the women have posted a 9-9 record overall.

- The men's team compiled a 2-2 record at the Boise State Tournament, held March 28-31. The Dons posted a 4-3 win over Central Florida thanks to four singles wins.

- Senior Matthew Berry has been on a roll of late, posting a 15-3 singles record so far this season including five straight wins at the No. 1 spot.

- For the women, Camille Pampart's play at No. 1 singles has led the Dons to six wins in their past seven matches.

- The USF men travel to Santa Clara (4/5) and Sacramento State (4/7) before hosting Saint Mary's (4/8). The women host UC Davis (4/5) and travel to Moraga to face SMC (4/13).


Santa Clara Broncos
- The Santa Clara men have the best dual match record in the WCC at 15-6, while the women are 5-7 after losing three straight.

- On the men's side, the Broncos have won eight of their last 10 matches. Though Cornell snapped a nine match winning streak for SCU, they bounced back with three wins in the last four and a close 4-3 loss to Stanford their last time out.

- Freshman Jay Wong has posted a 16-7 record in 2007, playing at both No. 2 and No. 3 singles.

- After losing the doubles point and the first two singles matches to USF, the Bronco women roared back, taking the next three singles matches to nearly top the Dons on April 1.

- The women host Washington State (4/5) and the men host WCC opponent USF (4/5) next.