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Pepperdine Captures WCC Women's Tennis Title

April 20, 2008

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No. 1 Pepperdine - 4
No. 2 Saint Mary's - 0

MORAGA, Calif. -- The #18 Pepperdine women's tennis team captured its sixth consecutive WCC crown with a 4-0 sweep over Saint Mary's in the finals of the WCC tournament on Sunday afternoon in Moraga, Calif.

The Waves (19-4) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with the win. The win marks Pepperdine's 20th WCC title and its sixth straight, dating back to the 2003 season. The Waves are now 41-1 (.976) since the WCC established a dual match format in 1995.

The Waves captured the doubles point for the 22nd time in 23 tries this year, as Anamika Bhargava (Collierville, Tenn./Houston HS) and Jill Braverman (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona del Mar HS) posted a quick 8-1 win before Tania Rice (Burlington, Ont., Canada/Robert Bateman HS) and Anete Bandere (Tukums, Latvia/Tukuma Raina Gimnazija) claimed a tough 8-6 win. The eight-ranked duo of Sylvia Kosakowski (Downey, Calif./Warren HS) and Bianca Dulgheru (Bucharest, Romania/Theoretical Jean Monnet HS) did not complete their match.

In singles, Alex Liles (Largo, Fla./Florida/Saddlebrook Prep) got the Waves started with a 6-0, 6-4 win in the No. 6 spot, Braverman followed with a 6-2, 6-4 win, and Kosakowski clinched the WCC title with a 6-1, 7-6 win in the No. 1 position. Bhargava, Dulgheru and Bandere did not complete their matches.

"We came out and wanted to make a statement today, and we did a good job of that," Pepperdine Assistant Coach Scott Doerner said. "The doubles match was tough, but we were able to pull that out, which was key and we continued that momentum into the singles matches. We came to win and it was good because we always expect to win the WCC."

The Waves will now wait for the NCAA selection show on Tuesday, Apr. at 11 a.m. PT on ESPNNEWS to see where they will compete in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

2. Bhargava/Braverman (PEPP) def. Calvo/Ordoveza (SMC), 8-1
3. Poorta/Soper (SMC) def. Rice/Bandere (PEPP), 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

1. Sylvia Kosakowski (PEPP) def. Jessica Hoath (SMC), 6-1, 7-6
5. Jill Braverman (PEPP) def. Marah Calvo (SMC), 6-2, 6-4
6. Alex Liles (PEPP) def. Stef Ordoveza (SMC), 6-0, 6-4
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 1

No. 4 San Diego - 4
No. 6 San Francisco - 3

Moraga, CA - The No. 4 seed USD women's tennis team defeated San Francisco today, 4-3, to finish in 3rd place at the 2008 West Coast Conference Championships. The Toreros and San Francisco split their singles matches 3-3, and USD won the all-important doubles point with victories at No. 2 and No. 3. Helene Lindstrand and Alexandra Demidova beat Mylene Martin and Jessy Mekpoh 8-6 at No. 2 doubles, and Tammy Kevey and Justine Perl beat Jenny Sperry and Emma Taylor 8-2 at No. 3 doubles. USD singles winners included Helene Lindstand at No. 2, Alexandra Demidova at No. 4 and Ellie Faulkner at No. 6. Faulkner won the deciding singles match with her 7-5, 6-4 win over Sarah Oudomvilay at the No. 6 spot. USD improves to 7-14.

1. Wiesener/Tamorini (USD) vs. Heinser/Oudomvilay (USF), 7-7 DNF
2. Lindstrand/Demidova (USD) vs. Martin/Mekpoh (USF), 8-6
3. Kevey/Perl (USD) vs. Sperry/Taylor (USF), 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2

1. Jenni Heinser (USF) def. Monica Wiesener (USD), 6-0, 6-1
2. Helene Lindstrand (USD) def. Mylene Martin (USF), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. Emma Taylor (USF) def. Carla Tamborini (USD), 6-0, 6-1
4. Alex Demidova (USD) vs. Jenny Sperry (USF), 6-4, 6-4
5. Jessy Mekpoh (USF) def. Tammy Kevey (USD), 6-4, 6-2
6. Ellie Faulkner (USD) def. Sarah Oudomvilay (USF), 7-5, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 5, 4, 2, 6

No. 3 LMU - 4
No. 8 Santa Clara - 0

Moraga, Calif. - Third-seeded Loyola Marymount women's tennis faced eighth-seeded Santa Clara Sunday in the consolation championship at the WCC Championships. The Lions jumped to an early 1-0 lead en route to a 4-0 victory over the Broncos. With the win, LMU earns fifth place in the West Coast Conference.

Tina Razloznik and Caroline Nothnagel won their third consecutive match at No. 3 doubles, defeating Carmen Pham and Courtney Hull, 8-5. Santa Clara came back to win the match on court two with Myra Davoudi and Lindsay McBride beating Jasmin Heckel and Bliss Nixon, 8-5. The doubles point came down to the outcome on court one where Pavla Mesterova and Tamara Tanner faced Stephanie Galainena and Ashley Pane. Mesterova and Tanner came out victorious, defeating Santa Clara's duo, 9-8, earning the Lions a 1-0 lead over the Broncos.

LMU captured three quick singles wins to cruise to a 4-0 victory and fifth place in the WCC. At the No. 4 position, Heckel won her match over Pham, 6-1, 6-0, Audrey Bulkley was the next Lion finished as she beat Pane on court five, 6-1, 6-2, followed by Nothnagel who won her third singles match in the tournament, defeating Hull in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0.

75th--ranked Mesterova, Tanner and Razloznik did not finish their matches on courts one, two and three.

The Lions finish the season with an 11-14 record, going 4-3 in the WCC.

1. Mesterova/Tanner (LMU) def. Galainena/Pane (SCU), 9-8 (2)
2. Davoudi/McBride (SCU) def. Heckel/Nixon (LMU), 8-5
3. Razloznik/Nothnagel (LMU) def. Hull/Pham (SCU), 8-5
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

1. NO. 75 Paval Mesterova (LMU) vs. Stephanie Galainena (SCU), 6-1, 4-1 DNF
2. Tamara Tanner (LMU) vs. Myra Davoudi (SCU), 6-2, 3-1 DNF
3. Tina Razloznik (LMU) vs. Lindsay McBride (SCU), 6-3, 3-0 DNF
4. Jasmin Heckel (LMU) def. Carmen Pham (SCU), 6-1, 6-0
5. Audrey Bulkley (LMU) def. Ashley Pane (SCU), 6-1, 6-2
6. Caroline Nothnagel (LMU) def. Courtney Hull (SCU), 6-2, 6-0
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 6

No. 7 Gonzaga - 4
No. 5 Portland - 3

Moraga, Calif. - Aglaya Kokurina's victory at No. 1 singles propelled the Gonzaga University women's tennis team to a seventh place finish at the West Coast Conference Championship Sunday as the Zags defeated University of Portland 4-3. The seventh place finish marks the first time since 2004 the Bulldogs have finished seventh. In 2004 GU tied for seventh, while in 2002 it outright won the spot.

Gonzaga posted the early doubles point, taking the No. 2 and 3 spots. The Pilots got an early edge, as Megan Sporndli and Lindsey Griffin posted an 8-3 win at No. 1 over Emily Anderson and Aglaya Kokurina. Gonzaga then rallied at No. 2, as Rika Mehndiratta and Danille Farmer earned an 8-5 win over Christine Feyen and Stefanie Doolittle. The Bulldogs earned the point, thanks to an 8-5 win by Sydney Lederhouse and Clare Dodge over Anna Guillickson and Jenks.

The battle continued in singles play, as both teams battled down to the last set. Portland knotted the score 1-1 thanks to a No. 6 6-3, 6-2 victory by Doolittle over Farmer. The Pilots then took a 2-1 edge following a Jenna Tanzer 6-3, 6-0 victory at No. 3 against Dodge. The Zags came back at No. 3, tying the score 2-2, thanks to a Mehndiratta 6-4, 6-1 victory over Feyen. GU then regained the lead as Anderson defeated Griffing at No. 2, 6-4, 6-4. Once again, the score became tied after Portland's Guillickson posted a three-set 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 5 over Lederhouse.

The match came down to the top spot, where Kokurina posted a three-set victory over Sporndli. After falling behind early, the junior rallied to post a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory to give the Zags a seventh place finish.

The Bulldogs finished the 2008 season with a 10-14 record.

1. Sporndli/Griffin (POR) def. Anderson/Kokurina (GON), 8-3
2. Mehndiratta/Farmer (GON) def. Feyen/Doolittle (POR), 8-5
3. Lederhouse/Dodge (GON) def. Gullickson/Jenks (POR), 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

1. Aglyaya Kokurina (GON) def. Megan Sporndle (POR), 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
2. Emily Anderson (GON) def. Lindsey Griffin (POR), 6-4, 6-4
3. Rika Mehndiratta (GON) def. Christie Feyen (POR), 6-4, 6-1
4. Jenna Tanzer (POR) def. Clare Dodge (GON), 6-3, 6-0
5. Anna Gullickson (POR) def. Sydney Lederhouse (GON), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Stefanie Doolittle (POR) def. Danielle Farmer (GON), 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 4, 3, 2, 5, 1