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WCC Tennis Notes 5-21

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May 21, 2008


After claiming the the West Coast Conference Champsionship titles and earning the league's automatic bid, both the Pepperdine men's and women's tennis teams advanced to the NCAA Division I Tennis Tournament.

The #18 women handily defeated UNLV for the second time this season in the first round of the tournament. The Waves started the match off right, claiming the doubles point for the 23rd time in 24 tries this season, to later post a 4-0 victory over the Rebels. Pepperdine went on to face the host team, USC, in the second round. The #10 Trojans swept the Waves, 4-0, to move into the Round of 16 where they fell to Pac-10 rival and eventual 2008 Division I Champion, UCLA. The #11 duo of Sylvia Kosakowski and Bianca Dulgheru will move on and compete in the the NCAA Doubles Championship.

The #13 Pepperdine men's team was selected as the host team for the first two rounds of the tournament, where they defeated Hawaii in the first round, 4-0. The Waves met Stanford in the second round, and victoriously emerged with a 4-2 win after a hard-fought contest. The Waves' No. 1 player, Andre Begemann, had learned only hours earlier that his mother had passed away after a long battle with cancer. Begemann persevered and his singles win, dedicated to his mother, tied the match 2-2. Bessam Beidas and Rikus deVilliers clinched the third and fourth points for the Waves, respectively. The Waves advanced to the Round of 16 where they met #4 Georgia, the team which they defeated in 2006 to claim the program's first NCAA title. Playing without Begemann, the Waves put up a strong fight against the Bulldogs, but fell 4-1. Georgia went on to claim the NCAA title for the second consecutive year with a 4-2 win over Texas.


Gonzaga Bulldogs

-The Gonzaga men's tennis team posted their highest finish at the WCC Championship since 2003, as the Bulldogs secured a seventh place finish with a 4-2 victory over Santa Clara.

-The Lady Zags also finished in seventh place, marking the first time since 2004 the Bulldogs have finished seventh. In 2004 GU tied for seventh, while in 2002 it won the spot outright.

-Aglaya Kokurina earned a spot on the WCC all-conference team, making her the first member of the Gonzaga women's tennis team to earn the honor, while Emily Anderson was awarded All-WCC honorable mention accolades for the third consecutive year.

-Stefan Feddersen and Roman Dojcak, and the doubles duo of Conor Feeney and Cooper Fratt earned All-WCC honorable mention accolades, marking the most all-conferece selections in a single season for the Zags, and the first time GU has earned two singles honors.

Loyola Marymount Lions

-The LMU men's team defeated Portland in the final round of the WCC Championship to claim fifth place, tying their highest finish since 2005.

-Freshman Ivan Lopez led the Lions this season, earning all-conference second team singles honors, while teammates sophomores Renzo Maggi and Nick Von Der Ahe made the honorable mention doubles list.

-The third-seeded women's team was upset by San Francisco in the first round of the WCC tournament, and later swept Gonzaga and Santa Clara to earn a fifth place finish.

-2007 WCC Player of the Year Pavla Mesterova earned a first-team singles selection this season, while also being named to the first-team doubles list with partner Tamara Tanner. Junior Tina Razloznik rounded out the Lion honorees with a place on the honorable mention singles list.

Pepperdine Waves
-Both the Pepperdine men's and women's advanced to the NCAA Tournament, after claiming their respective WCC titles and earning the leagues automatic bid.

-The #18 women's team defeated UNLV, 4-0, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Waves continued on to face the host team, USC, and fell 4-0 to the #10 Trojans.

-The 13th ranked men's team advanced to the Round of 16 after defeating Hawaii and Stanford, where they fell to #4 Georgia, who eventually went on to claim the NCAA title.

-Sylvia Kosakowski and Bianca Dulgheru earned the WCC's automatic doubles bid and will face the third-seeded Brook Buck/Keley Tefft of Notre Dame in the first round.

-10th seeded Andre Begemann and Bessam Beidas will both square off against opponents from Baylor University in the first round of the NCAA Singles Tournament.

Portland Pilots

-The Portland men's team entered the WCC tournament on a hot streak, winning five of their last six matches, and finished the event in sixth place.

-Filip Zivkovic became just the sixth Portland men's tennis player to garner All-West Coast Conference first team honors after a submitting a dominating 18-0 singles record.

-The Portland women's tennis team dropped three narrow matches at the WCC tournament to finish in eighth place.

-Sophomore Megan Sporndli earned All-WCC second team honors in singles, while seniors Lindsey Griffin and Christina Feyen received honorable mention awards. Sporndli and Griffin also earned second team honors as a doubles tandem.

Saint Mary's Gaels

-The SMC men's team turned in an impressive performance at the WCC Championship, upsetting the third-seeded Toreros to advance to the championship match, the first championship appearance for the Gaels in program history.

-Senior Joel Kusnierz was named to the All-WCC first team for singles and doubles, following his impressive 17-4 (singles) record and 13-8 (doubles) record, all at the No. 1 position. Other Gaels awarded a spot on a All-WCC team include Lucas Tirelli, Marek Dvorak, and Achim Christner. Michael Wayman was also honored as WCC Co-Coach of the Year.

-The women's team also clinched a second place finish in the conference tournament, falling only to then-#8 Pepperdine.

-The Gaels were rewarded for their efforts, garnering multiple All-WCC awards, headlined by head coach Lisa Alipaz's Co-Coach of the Year honor. Joining Alipaz in the all conference selections are Jessica Hoath, Stef Ordoveza, Alex Poorta, Nienke Stribjis, and Claire Soper.

San Diego Toreros
-Thomas Liversage earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Singles Tournament and will face Kaden Hensel of Tennessee in the first round. Liversage has compiled a 15-8 singles record on the season.

-Originally selected as an alternate, Dean Jackson, has secured a spot in the singles tournament and will meet seventh-seeded Lars Poerschke of Baylor in the first round. The WCC Freshman of the Year put together an impressive record of 17-4 this season.

-The USD men's tennis team defeated San Francisco, 4-3, in a hard-fought battle at the final round of the WCC tournament to finish in third place.

-The fourth-seeded USD women's team defeated San Francisco in the final round, 4-3, to finish in third place at the WCC Championship.

San Francisco Dons

-The Dons men's team finished fourth in the WCC tournament after being edged by San Diego, 4-3. USF acheived its highest school ranking in program history, after being listed at #67 by the ITA.

-Thong Tu earned a All-WCC second team nod for the second consecutive year while Falko Huettenberger garnered honorable mention honors. In doubles, Huettenberger and sophomore Asaf Cohen earned second team nods along with Tu and sophomore Rainer Nachbauer.

-The women's team also picked up a fourth place finish at the WCC tournament, led by WCC Co-Coach of the Year, Hilary Somers.

-Jenni Heinser was tabbed for WCC Freshman and Player of the Year, becoming the first USF player in program to earn either honor. Heinser recieved the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Singles Competition and will face the No. 1 seed, Aurelija Miseviciute of Arkansas, in the first round.

Santa Clara Broncos

-The Santa Clara men's tennis team finished their season under first year head coach Derek Mills with an eight place finish in the WCC.

-Sophomore Jay Wong was honored this season with All-WCC second team honors for the second consecutive year after leading the Broncos with 10-7 record at the No. 1 singles position.

-The SCU women's tennis team finished the WCC Championships in fifth place after falling to third seeded Loyola Marymount.

-Seniors Myra Davoudi and Lindsey McBride, along with freshman Carmen Pham were named to the 2008 WCC all-conference team. All three received honorable mention singles accolades, while the doubles pair of Davoudi and McBride was named to the honorable mention doubles team.