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Women's Tennis Falls In WCC Tournament Opener

April 21, 2006

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Gonzaga University opened the 2006 West Coast Conference women's tennis championships on a down note as the Bulldogs were defeated by No. 13 Pepperdine University in the opening round played at Santa Clara University. The Waves won the first four points in singles competition and the match was awarded to Pepperdine by a 4-0 score.

Pepperdine won points at No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 singles with Erin Humphrey posting the best score for a GU player at No. 2 singles. Humphrey was defeated by Caroline Raba, 6-1, 6-1.

Emily Anderson playing at No. 1 singles and Courtney Lau playing at No. 6 singles did not complete their matches based on Pepperdine winning the point total. Doubles competition was not played.  The match was started with singles action because of a threat of rain in the Bay Area.

"I think we played well and our girls came out to compete," said Bulldogs head coach DJ Gurule following the loss. "Pepperdine is obviously Top 10 in the country and should be. I think our girls played like they should have played, with everything to gain and nothing to lose. Especially No. 1 and No. 6, Emily [Anderson] and Courtney [Lau], played really well and stayed focused. I know we've struggled a bit this year, but we are a better team that our record shows."

Gonzaga will face the loser of the San Francisco and Saint Mary's match at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.

No. 13 Pepperdine 4, Gonzaga 0

Singles
Sylvia Kosakowski (PEP) vs. Emily Anderson (GU), DNF
Caroline Raba (PEP) def. Erin Humphrey (GU), 6-1, 6-1
Natalie Braverman (PEP) def. Sydney Lederhouse (GU), 6-1, 6-0
Merve Asimgil (PEP) def. Erica Moldenhauer (GU), 6-1, 6-0
Lise Sissler (PEP) def. Carrie Schofield (GU), 6-0, 6-0
Vanessa Dunlap (PEP) def. Courtney Lau (GU), DNF

Doubles
Did not play

Records: Pepperdine (18-3), Gonzaga (3-21)