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WCC Women's Tennis Championship Day 2 Recap

April 19, 2008

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No. 1 Pepperdine - 4
No. 4 San Diego - 0

MORAGA, Calif. - The #18 Pepperdine women's tennis team advanced to the finals of the WCC Championships with a 4-0 sweep of San Diego on Saturday afternoon in Moraga, Calif.

The Waves (18-4) will be gunning for their sixth consecutive WCC title on Sunday afternoon, as they will face the winner of the match between Saint Mary's and San Francisco at 3 p.m.

Pepperdine earned the doubles point for the 21st time in 22 tries this season, as the eighth-ranked tandem of Sylvia Kosakowski (Downey, Calif./Warren HS) and Bianca Dulgheru (Bucharest, Romania/Theoretical Jean Monnet HS) coasted to an 8-0 sweep and Anamika Bhargava (Collierville, Tenn./Houston HS) and Jill Braverman (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona del Mar HS) posted an 8-3 win. The duo of Tania Rice (Burlington, Ont., Canada/Robert Bateman HS) and Anete Bandere (Tukums, Latvia/Tukuma Raina Gimnazija) did not finish their match in the No. 3 position.

Kosakowski earned the first singles point for the Waves with a 6-4, 6-0 win, Dulgheru followed with a 6-0, 6-3 victory, and Bhargava clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-3 win in the No. 2 spot. Bandere, Rice and Alex Liles (Largo, Fla./Florida/Saddlebrook Prep) did not complete their matches.

The Waves will now await the winner of the match between the Gaels and the Dons, which was scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Doubles
1. No. 8 Kosakowski/Dulgheru (PEPP) def. Wiesener/Tamorini (USD), 8-0
2. Bhargava/Braverman (PEPP) def. Lindstrand/Demidova (USD), 8-3
Order of Finish: 1, 2

Singles
1. No. 87 Sylvia Kosakowski (PEPP) def. Monica Wiesener (USD), 6-4, 6-0
2. No. 86 Anamika Bhargava (PEPP) def. Helene Lindstrand (USD) , 6-2, 6-3
3. Bianca Dulgheru (PEPP) def. Carla Tamborini (USD), 6-0, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

No. 2 Saint Mary's - 4
No. 6 San Francisco - 0

Moraga, CA - The No. 49 Saint Mary's women's tennis team earned a spot in the West Coast Conference Championships, defeating San Francisco 4-0 in the semi-final. The Gaels will face No. 18 Pepperdine in the championship game at 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 20 at the Korth Tennis Complex.

The Gaels took care of business right from the start, capturing the doubles point and taking a 1-0 lead over San Francisco. Freshmen Alex Poorta and Claire Soper were the first team to finish their match, blanking their opponent 8-0 at the No. 3 position. This season the pair has totaled an impressive 13-3 doubles record together, including a 3-1 record against conference opponents.

The two spot captured the doubles point for the Gaels, as Marah Calvo and Stef Ordoveza defeated San Francisco's Jessy Mekpoh and Mylene Martin. The pair posted an easy win over the Dons, 8-2. The closest doubles match of the day came a the one position, where Jessica Hoath and Nienke Strijbis faced the Dons' Jenni Heinser and Sarah Oudomvilay. The Gaels were up 4-3 against the Dons, but the match was left unfinished because Saint Mary's had already clinched the doubles point.

In singles action many of the Gaels created an early advantage, as Alex Poorta, Claire Soper, Marah Calvo, and Stef Ordoveza each took a quick first set off their opponent. Soper was once again the first player to finish her match, posting a 6-3, 6-3 win over San Francisco's Taylor Emma. The match at the six spot was the next to end, with Ordoveza picking-up a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Oudomvilay. Needing only one more point, the Gaels' Calvo clinched the victory, topping her opponent 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 5 position.

The remaining three matches were left unfinished, as the Gaels recorded their second straight WCC tournament win, advancing them to the conference championship. Saint Mary's will take the court at 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 20, in the final WCC match of the day.

No. 3 Loyola Marymount - 4
No. 7 Gonzaga - 0

Moraga, Calif. - Third-seeded Loyola Marymount women's tennis advanced to the West Coast Conference consolation championship match with a 4-0 win over seventh-seeded Gonzaga Saturday afternoon at the Timothy Korth Tennis Center in Moraga, Calif. The Lions will play eighth-seeded Santa Clara Sunday at 11:00 a.m. for fifth place in the WCC.

The Lions quickly took the doubles point to begin the day with freshman Jasmin Heckel and sophomore Bliss Nixon winning their match over Rika Mehndritta and Danielle Farmer at No. 2, 8-5, and junior Tina Razloznik and freshman Caroline Nothnagel defeating Sydney Lederhouse and Clare Dodge on court three, 8-3. No. 1 doubles did not finish since the Lions had already captured the point, seniors Pavla Mesterova and Tamara Tanner were leading Emily Anderson and Aglaya Kokurina 6-4 when the match was halted.

LMU continued to dominate the Zags in singles action. At No. 1, 75th-ranked Mesterova was first off the courts with her win over Korkurina, 6-1, 6-0. Mesterova improves her singles record to 22-12 on the season. Tanner earned the Lions a 3-0 lead with her win over Anderson on court two, 6-2, 6-1, and Nothnagel clinched the match for LMU, beating Lederhouse at No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-0.

Since LMU clinched a 4-0 match victory, Razloznik, Heckel and freshman Shauna Morgan did not finish their matches at No. 3, 4 and 5 singles.

LMU now faces eighth-seeded Santa Clara Sunday at 11:00 a.m. for fifth place in the WCC.

Doubles
1. Mesterova/Tanner (LMU) vs. Anderson/Aglaya Kokurina (GON), 6-4 DNF
2. Heckel/Nixon (LMU) def. Mehndiratta/Farmer (GON), 8-5
3. Razloznik/Nothnagel (LMU) def. Lederhouse/Dodge (GON), 8-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3

Singles
1. No. 75 Pavla Mesterova (LMU) def. Aglaya Kokurina (GON), 6-1, 6-0
2. Tamara Tanner (LMU) def. Emily Anderson (GON), 6-2, 6-1
3. Tina Razloznik (LMU) vs. Rika Mehndritta (GON), 5-7, 6-1, 2-0 DNF
4. Jasmin Heckel (LMU) vs. Clare Dodge (GON), 6-3, 1-0 DNF
5. Caroline Nothnagel (LMU) def. Sydney Lederhouse (GON), 6-0, 6-0
6. Shauna Morgan (LMU) vs. Danielle Farmer (GON), 5-5 DNF
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 5

No. 8 Santa Clara - 4
No. 5 Portland - 3

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Freshman Courtney Hull's victory at sixth singles gave the Santa Clara women's tennis team a 4-3 victory over Portland at the 2008 West Coast Conference Tennis Championships Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Broncos move on to battle for fifth place against the Lions of Loyola Marymount.

"It was an incredible match," said head coach Ben Cabell. "It was a total team performance. Everyone played a crucial role. We were playing the fifth-seeded team, who we lost to during the regular season, so it was a huge upset for us."

The Broncos earned the doubles point with 8-4 victories at both No. 1 and No. 2 spots. Stephanie Galainena and Ashley Pane defeated Megan Sporndli and Lindsey Griffin, while Myra Davoudi and Lindsey McBride stormed past Christie Feyen and Stefanie Doolittle. Earlier this season, when the two teams met in Portland, Santa Clara earned the doubles point with wins at the same two positions.

The two teams traded points in singles play, with the match score tied three times.

The Pilots quickly tied the match, 1-1, with a singles victory at the No. 1 spot. Sporndli topped Galainena (6-1, 6-1). Yet, the Broncos responded with a straight set victory at the No. 5 spot. Pane registered the (6-4, 6-3) win over Anna Gullickson.

The score was tied once again, 2-2, as Lindsey Griffin defeated Davoudi (7-5, 6-3). The final three singles matches all came down to three set contests. Portland then took the lead with a victory at No. 3 singles. After losing the first set to McBride, 6-2, Feyen rallied to victory with a 6-3 second set and a 7-5 third set. The Pilots led 3-2.

Carmen Pham then tied the score for SCU with a (7-6, 3-6, 6-3) win over Jenna Tanzer at the fourth spot. With the score tied, 3-3, it came down to the No. 6 singles match where Hull and Doolittle were battling through three sets.

"It feels good to win," said Hull after clinching the match victory for Santa Clara. "I lost the last time I played her, so going into today's match I knew what I needed to do to win."

Hull rallied to a 7-5 first set win but fell 6-4 in the second set to Doolittle.

"I really got down on myself after the second set," said Hull. "But I realized that my teammates needed me to win and that I had their complete support. After that I told myself, I'm not going to lose."

And, that's exactly what she did. Hull rallied from a 3-0 deficit for the 7-5 third set victory. The Broncos took the match, 4-3.