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WCC Women's Tennis Notes, Feb. 1, 2011

Feb. 1, 2011

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  • Gonzaga opened its season with two wins over Seattle and EasternWashington and a loss to Washington State.

  • After quickly taking the doubles point from Seattle, Gonzaga pulled out five singles points intough matchups. Both junior Kristina Zauere and senior Clare Dodge won their matches in threesets, while No. 1 singles player, senior RIka Mendhiratta won her second set in a tiebreaker.

  • After sweeping the doubles point against Eastern Washington, Prue Teitzel secured the finalpoint with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles. The Zags won 6-1 overall. The Bulldogs were swept by anundefeated Washington State team, 7-0. Mendhiratta had a strong showing, winning her doublesmatch with classmate Danielle Farmer (9-8) and losing her singles match in a close one (6-4, 6-4).

  • The Bulldogs look to swing momentum back their way in a three-match weekend on Feb. 4-6in Bozeman, MT against Montana, Montana State and Air Force.
  • Even with valiant efforts in singles play to come back after droppingthe doubles point, the Lions were unable to hold off the Nevada-RenoWolfpack in the first match of the spring season, losing 4-3. Wins were collected for the Lionsby newcomers Miya Jin, Reka Rohonyi, and April Bisharat.

  • The Lions were shut out by the No. 5-ranked UCLA Bruins on the road. The closest match cameat No. 5 singles with Jin going to a third set tiebreaker and eventually losing 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-3).

  • Against securing the doubles point against then No. 49-ranked Arizona, the Lions fell shortof one more win as Bisharat and Jin continued their strong starts with wins in singles. Bisharatwon at the No. 1 singles spot (6-3, 6-3), while Jin also won in straight sets at No. 5 (6-4, 6-4).

  • Up next, Loyola Marymount faces Long Beach State on February 5 at 11 AM at the LMUTennis Center.
  • Pepperdine got its season off to a strong start with a shutout over CalState Fullerton. The Waves are now 30-4 in season openers since the 1978 season. The teamwon all three doubles and all six singles matches.

  • The Waves suffered a tough 4-2 loss to then-ranked Sacramento State during the openingof ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Pepperdine was led by senior Anamika Bhargava, who was the onlyWave to win in both doubles and singles today.

  • After the match against San Diego was postponed due to rain, both teams took the court thenext day for what turned out to be a well-fought match that came down to the wire. After securingthe doubles point, Pepperdine found itself tied with USD at 3-3. Bhargava came through again

  • The Waves' next match is on Thursday, February 3rd against UC Irvine at home.
  • Portland started off its season with two tough 6-1 losses to Oregon and UCDavis. Against Oregon, the lone point came at No. 6 singles as sophomoreValeska Hoath won her match decisively (6-1, 6-3).

  • Despite victories in doubles and singles action by senior Lacey Pflibsen, the Pilots struggledto find momentum. However, tough matches were played at the No. 3 and 6 singles positionswith freshman Alice Tucker losing in a close three-setter and Hoath going to a third set tiebreaker.

  • The Pilots picked up their first dual victory of the season after taking the doubles point andfour singles matches against Montana. Lacey Pflibsen won both in singles and doubles.

  • Portland will return to action on Friday, February 4th at the Columbia Basin Racquet Club inRichland, WA against Eastern Washington.
  • The Saint Mary's women's tennis team opened the 2011 season on the roadagainst No. 5 UCLA, falling to the Bruins 5-2. Sophomore Catherine Isip andfreshman Jenny Jullien earned singles wins for SMC, but it wasn't enough to propel the Gaels tovictory over a deep UCLA team.

  • The Gaels picked up its first dual win of the season against then-No. 51 TCU. The Gaelsdropped the doubles point but battled back in singles to win four of six matches. Seniors AlexPoorta and Claire Soper provided the Gaels with clutch wins to take home the victory. Soperbattled back after losing the second set to eventually defeat her opponent 6-0, 2-6, 6-4.

  • The Gaels were unable to bring that momentum against No. 9 Cal, losing 5-2 overall.

  • Saint Mary's will be back on the road on Thursday, February 3rd to take on Fresno State ina 12 PM match and will then take on Sacramento State on Sunday, February 6th at 1:00 PM.
  • San Diego got off to a perfect start to the 2011 season with a 7-0 sweep ofthe visiting Cal State Fullerton Titans. Sophomore Laura Claus was dominantat the No. 1 spot in both singles and doubles, only dropping a total of threegames on the day.

  • The Toreros lost 4-0 to then-No. 5 UCLA in the opening match of ITA Kickoff Weekend. TheToreros, ranked No. 67 coming into the match, were unable to snap their all-time losing streakto the Bruins, extending the losing streak to 12 matches.

  • San Diego came back with a tough 4-3 loss to conference foe Pepperdine in the consolationmatch at ITA Kickoff Weekend. The Toreros won points at the No. 1, 5 and 6 singles spots,while three of the six singles matches went to three sets.

  • USD returns to action on Sunday, February 6th as they host Washington at 10:00 AM.
  • San Francisco opened the 2011 spring season with a 7-0 sweep of CalState Bakersfield. After easily sweeping the doubles point, USF rolledthrough singles action and captured all six singles points in straight sets.

  • The Dons dropped two 7-0 matches in Honolulu, HI to BYU-Hawaii and Hawaii. The Dons' strongestshowing against BYU-Hawaii came at the No. 2 singles position as freshman Cecile Duriezlost in a tight third set tiebreaker (2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (11-9)).

  • San Francisco played a closer match against Hawaii with three of the six singles matches goingto three sets. Junior Julia Wartenburger fought hard at the top position, but eventually fell 4-6,6-2, 7-6 (11-9). Duriez dropped her second straight three-setter (6-0, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5)) at No. 2, whilesophomore Blair Reed lost 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 6 spot.

  • USF will return to the courts Friday, February 4th as they host Bay Area rival Santa Clara at 1:00 PM.
  • Santa Clara hosted a double-header to begin the 2011 season and cameout with two 7-0 victories over Cal State Bakersfield and UC Santa Cruz. This is the secondstraight season that the Broncos have started off their spring campaigns with double-header wins.

  • After losing the doubles point to UC Santa Barbara, the Broncos were able to fight back toa 3-3 tie. Sophomore Jessica Agra pulled a come from behind victory at the No. 6 singles spotto clinch the first road victory for the Broncos.

  • The Broncos picked up their second road victory against Northern Arizona to bring their recordto 4-0 on the season. Agra, again, rallied from a 5-0 deficit to win 7-5 to secure the fourth teampoint, making it 4-2 overall for a Santa Clara victory.

  • Santa Clara will take on conference rival San Francisco on Friday, February 4th at 1:00 PM.

    The 2009-10 WCC women's tennis season was filled with many surprises, as underdogs rose and new champions were crowned. The 2010 WCC Championships proved to be a historic one for Saint Mary's, as they Gaels won its first-ever WCC title in program history, outplaying Pepperdine, a team that was expected to take home its 23rd WCC title. This was the fourth time that the Gaels and Waves were paired up against one another in the Championship match, and it was Saint Mary's turn to take home the title, winning by a score of 4-1.

    The Gaels came out strong, taking the doubles point to go up 1-0, and followed the win with three singles victories for a 4-1 win and an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Despite not being able to continue their dominant streak at last year's conference tournament, the Waves were still offered an invitation to the NCAA Championships. Both Saint Mary's and Pepperdine lost in the first round.

    Saint Mary's also nabbed the WCC Freshman of the Year and WCC Coach of the Year honors. Isip, who played primarily at the No. 2 spot for the Gaels, put together a 15-13 overall record in her first collegiate year and tallied wins over seven nationally -ranked opponents. Coach Alipaz's award was her fifth Coach of the Year honor.

    Third-place San Diego was the only other WCC team to join Saint Mary's and Pepperdine in the final ITA rankings. Landing in No. 67, the Toreros put together a 13-12 overall record with a tough schedule that matched them up against various ranked opponents, including UNLV, Boise State, and UC Irvine.

    Santa Clara also emerged as one of the strongest teams in the WCC last season. A young team of four freshmen and three sophomores, the Broncos ended the season with a 14-7 overall record and a fourth place finish at the WCC Championships, the best finish the team has had since 2004. The Broncos were also ranked in late March (No. 74), which was only the second time a Santa Clara women's tennis team had been ranked in program history.

    After earning the conference's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Championships, the Saint Mary's women's tennis team traveled to the Los Angeles Tennis Complex at UCLA to compete in its first ever NCAA Tournament match. Pepperdine also competed in the national tournament but played its first round match at the Taube Tennis Center at Stanford.

    Both teams lost in the first round. Saint Mary's was defeated 4-1 by the No. 23-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils. The lone win for the Gaels came at No. 2 singles, when WCC Freshman of the Year Catherine Isip defeated No. 74-ranked Kelcy McKenna in straight sets. Pepperdine suffered the same fate against the No. 31-ranked Southern Methodist Mustangs. Sophomore Ali Walters posted an impressive comeback win at No. 3 singles in three sets.

    WCC Player of the Year Jenni Heinser of San Francisco competed in the NCAA Women's Singles Championships, held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex at the University of Georgia in Athens and dropped her first round match to No. 43-ranked Irene Rehberger of South Florida in split sets. Heinser was the only women's tennis player to represent the WCC at the Championships and remains the only Dons women's tennis player to ever compete in the tournament. This was also her third straight appearance at the NCAA Tournament.

    All-WCC First Team Singles
    Alex Poorta, SMC
    Anamika Bhargava, PEP
    Anna Chikhikvishvili, SMC
    Arianna Colffer, PEP
    Catherine Isip, SMC
    Jennifer Heinser, USF

    All-WCC Second Team Singles
    Alex Zaniewski, SCU
    Ali Walters, PEP
    Claire Soper, SMC
    Lacey Pflibsen, POR
    Laura Claus, USD
    Megan Sporndli, POR

    Honorable Mention Singles
    Andrea Oates, PEP
    Cecilia Gratian, USF
    Clare Dodge, GON
    Estelle LaPorte, LMU
    Jane Pringle, LMU
    Kelly Lamble, SCU
    Maria Raygada, USD
    Marie Zalameda, PEP
    Prue Teitzel, GON
    Rika Mendhiratta, GON

    All-WCC First Team Doubles
    Alex Poorta/Claire Soper, SMC
    Anamika Bhargava/Marie Zalameda, PEP
    Lacey Pflibsen/Megan Sporndli, POR

    All-WCC Second Team Doubles
    Anna Chikhikvishvili/Catherine Isip, SMC
    Jennifer Heinser/Melinda Akerbrant, USF
    Juliette Coupez/Maja Sujica, USD

    Honorable Mention Doubles
    Alexandra Zaniewski/Jessica Agra, SCU
    Alita Fisher/Nienke Strijbis, SMC
    Justine Perl/Laura Claus, USD
    Kelly Lamble/Maggie McGeorge, SCU

    Jennifer Heinser graduated from San Francisco with a successful collegiate tennis career, being named the WCC Player of the Year three times in her three years with the Dons. Heinser went undefeated in conference play throughout her entire collegiate career. WCC Freshman of the Year Catherine Isip and WCC Coach of the Year Lisa Alipaz both reign from the 2010 WCC Championship team. This was Coach Alipaz' fifth conference honor.
    WCC Player of the Year: Jennifer Heinser, USF
    WCC Freshman of the Year: Catherine Isip, SMC
    WCC Coach of the Year: Lisa Alipaz, SMC

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