April 21, 2006
Santa Clara, CA - The Saint Mary's women's tennis team defeated San Francisco 4-2 in the first round of the West Coast Conference tennis championships Friday afternoon in Santa Clara.
The Gaels were the No. 5 seed coming into the match and knocked off the No. 4 seeded Dons. Saint Mary's went 3-0 on the year against the Dons.
"Obviously it was a battle," Head Coach Lisa Alipaz said. "Both teams knew it was going to be a battle, start to finish. I'm really proud of my girls for showing so much heart. I don't think the match could have gotten any closer. It was a fantastic effort."
The Gaels will next face Pepperdine at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 at Santa Clara.
With the Gaels up 3-2, Kate Harden pulled out a thrilling 7-5 victory to give the Gaels the win and avoid playing the doubles' point.
"It's definitely trickier, as both teams are used to playing doubles first, but I think both teams have to make the adjustments so I don't think it gave one side an advantage over another," Alipaz said.
No. 5 Saint Mary's 4, No. 4 San Francisco 2
Singles1. Aude Lambert (SMC) def. Pamart (USF), 6-2, 6-22. Taylor (USF) def. Jessica Hoath (SMC), 2-6, 6-1, 6-43. Kate Harden (SMC) def. Fabiani (USF), 6-2, 3-6, 7-54. Erin Young (SMC) def. Sperry (USF), 7-5. 6-45. Martin (USF) def. Kristin Kummer (SMC), 6-2, 6-26. Stef Ordoveza (SMC) def. Oudomvilay (USF), 3-6, 6-1, 6-4Doubles 1. Pamart/Macedo (USF) vs. Lambert/Hoath (SMC), DNC2. Taylor/Sperry (USF) vs. Harden/Charlot (SMC), DNC3. Martin/Oudomvilay (USF) vs. Ordoveza/Young (SMC), DNC