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WCC Women's Tennis Notes, Feb. 16, 2011

Feb. 16, 2011

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, and San Diego are all currently ranked in the ITA Top 45. Santa Clara holds the best overall record with an impressive 8-1 record on the season and remaining undefeated in conference play (2-0). The next couple weeks hold a long list of non-conference matches with the only scheduled WCC match taking place on February 27 between Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara.

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Overall Record: 2-5
WCC Record: 0-1
  • Gonzaga suffered four straight losses over the last couple weekends,dropping matches on the road to Montana, Montana State, Air Force andconference rival Santa Clara.

  • Against Santa Clara, the Zags picked up the doubles point and one singles point in the 5-2loss. The lone singles win came at the No. 6 spot as junior Sophie Lantta earned her seventhsingles win of the season.

  • In the 5-2 loss to Air Force, senior Clare Dodge tallied win in both singles and doubles. Thatloss came as the third loss of the weekend after the Zags dropped a tough 4-3 match to MontanaState and a 5-2 loss to Montana.

  • The Bulldogs look to turn things around next Friday, February 25 as they return to the SpokaneRacquet Club for a rematch against Montana at 6:00 PM.

Overall Record: 0-5
WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions dropped two matches over the last couple weeks to LongBeach State and Cal Poly. The Lions are still in search of their first winthis season (0-5).

  • LMU couldn't hold off then No. 68 Cal Poly, falling 7-0 on the road. The Lions were unableto get a point against the Mustangs in doubles or singles but saw good play from sophomoreApril Bishart at the No. 1 spot (7-5, 6-3) and freshman Reka Rohonyi (7-5, 6-4).

  • In the 6-1 loss to Long Beach State, the sole victory came from freshman Miya Jin on courtfour where she was able to come back in a tiebreaker after dropping her first set. She defeatedher opponent by a final score of 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (1).

  • Loyola Marymount will look to change momentum against UC Riverside as the team hoststhe Highlanders on Thursday, February 17 at 1:30 PM.

Overall Record: 5-2
WCC Record: 1-0
  • Pepperdine is now 5-2 overall after picking up three wins and one lossover the last two weeks. The Waves had significant wins over then-No. 65 UC Irvine and thenNo.22 Texas.

  • After losing the doubles point to then No. 22 Texas, Pepperdine quickly evened the scorewith a 6-3, 6-0 win by senior Anamika Bhargava. Freshman Ale Granillo then made her seasondebut with a clutch come-from-behind win to clinch the team victory, 4-3.

  • The Waves issued a dominating 6-1 win over then-No. 65 UC Irvine. The only loss came ina

  • H Pepperdine is off next week and returns to action on February 25 and 27 when they hostlocal rivals UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. The Waves-Bruins contest begins at 1:30 PM, whilethe showdown against the Gauchos is slated to start at 1 PM.

Overall Record: 4-3
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland has regained its momentum with three wins and one loss overthe last two weeks. The Pilots are now 4-3 on the season.

  • Portland picked up victories against in-state opponents Portland State and Linfield, as thePilots topped the Vikings 5-2 and Wildcats 6-0 at the Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center. Againstthe Vikings, the Pilots picked up the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 before takinghome four singles victories starting with sophomore Sabine Fuchs at the No. 2 singles spot.

  • The Pilots blanked Linfield, 6-0, with the No. 5 singles position not finishing its match. FreshmanGabrielle Gorence had just won the first set 7-6 (5) before the match was called.

  • Portland next takes the court on Friday, February 18 against Lewis-Clark State College insidethe Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center at 12:00 PM.

Overall Record: 2-5
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's dropped its last three matches on the road, two of which were4-3 losses. The Gaels lost matches to then-No. 49 Sacramento State, then-No.16 Mississippi, and then-No. 23 Washington.

  • The Gaels captured the doubles point against Washington but were unable to secure threesingles points, losing the match 5-2. Senior Alex Poorta was forced to retire in the third set,giving the Huskies their fourth point to improve to 7-1 this season, while the Gaels fall to 2-5,with four of five losses against top-25 opponents.

  • Senior Clare Soper and freshman Jenny Jullien won both their singles and doubles matchesagainst Ole Miss. Jullien won her sixth singles match of the spring season at the No. 3 spot.

  • The Gaels will be back in action on Friday, February 18 with the first home match of the springseason when they take on Pacific at the Timothy Korth Tennis Complex at 2:00 PM.

Overall Record: 4-2
WCC Record: 0-1
  • The San Diego women's tennis team jumped up to No. 38 in the ITA rankingsafter going a perfect 2-0 this past weekend by defeating then-ranked No. 58Arizona, 4-3, and then-ranked No. 27 South Florida, 5-2, at home. SophomoreStephanie Hoffpauir also made her first career appearance in the singles rankings, coming inat No. 66. She is currently 4-1 on the year.

  • Against the Wildcats, the Toreros won the doubles point before Hoffpauir eventually clinchedthe match with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-0 singles victory over Natasha Marks.

  • San Diego extended its winning streak to three matches with a 5-2 victory over the visitingSouth Florida Bulls. Hoffpauir clinched the match again for the Toreros with a three-set win overthen No. 24-ranked Irene Rehberger.

  • The Toreros will host UC Irvine on Saturday, February 19 at 11:00 AM.

Overall Record: 1-5
WCC Record: 0-1
  • San Francisco has lost five straight and are now 1-5 overall on theseason and 0-1 in conference play. The Dons dropped a close 4-3 matchto WCC rival Santa Clara and matches to non-conference opponents UCDavis and UC Santa Barbara.

  • The Dons team concluded a busy weekend by dropping a 6-1 decision to UC Davis. The Dons'lone point came in the singles round thanks to a straight set 6-2, 6-2 victory by senior Jesse Mekpoh.

  • San Francisco was swept by the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, which extended their winningstreak to five matches. The Dons were unable to pick up a point in singles and doubles. The matchwas clinched at the No. 6 singles spot as junior Ali McMahon was defeated in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.

  • The Dons will look to turn things around on Saturday, February 19 against Texas San Antonioat 2:00 PM.

Overall Record: 8-1
WCC Record: 2-0
  • Santa Clara is continuing its successful campaign with an 8-1 overall recordand a 2-0 record in conference action. The Broncos recently went 4-1 in their last five matcheswith their lone loss being a 4-3 heartbreaker to Washington State.

  • The Broncos dropped the doubles point to the Zags but rallied with five singles wins to posta 5-2 team victory.H Santa Clara wrapped up its three-day road trip in Washington with a 4-0 victory over Kansas.The team swept the Jay Hawks in all three doubles matches, and won the No. 1, 2 and 3 singlesspots to secure the team victory.

  • The Broncos will host its next seven matches at home. Their first opponent will be Cal Polyon Friday, February 19 at 2:00 PM.


2011 WCC Women's Tennis Preseason Poll
The Saint Mary's women's tennis team was chosen to repeat as the 2011 West Coast ConferenceChampions, according to the 2011 WCC preseason poll, as voted on by the conferencecoaches. Saint Mary's and Pepperdine boasted five players on the preseason all-conferenceteam, while San Diego claimed the sixth spot.

The top half of the preseason poll mirrored last year's conference tournament finishes. SaintMary's claimed first place with three first place votes and a total 47 points, while Pepperdinegarnered the remaining three first place votes and a total of 45 points. San Diego and SantaClara took the third and fourth place spots on the preseason poll with 37 and 30 points, respectively.

According to the coaches' poll, Loyola Marymount is expected to make a considerable jumpthis year. After going 0-9 in conference play last season, the Lions were chosen fifth in thepreseason poll with 24 points, while San Francisco fell in sixth with 17. Portland landed in sixthplace with 15 points, and Gonzaga rounded out the coaches' poll with nine.

The women's preseason all-conference team saw some familiar names from last season'spreseason list in Saint Mary's Alex Poorta and Pepperdine's Anamika Bhargava and Ali Walters.Poorta helped her team secure the 2010 WCC Championship by securing the fourth pointagainst Pepperdine, earning herself All-WCC First Team honors. Bhargava was selected toAll-WCC First Team in both singles and doubles for the third straight year last season, whileWalters became a two-time All-WCC Second Team selection in singles.

The three new additions to the preseason list are all young sophomores that have quicklyproven their right to be selected to the preseason All-WCC team. Catherine Isip was named the2010 WCC Freshman of the Year after competing primarily at the No. 2 spot for the Gaels andtallying wins over seven nationally-ranked opponents. Arianna Colffer made her debut for theWaves playing at the No. 1 spot and ended the season ranked No. 98 by the ITA. Laura Clausgarnered a dual singles mark of 13-11 all at No. 2, while being the only Torero to compete in thatposition.

2011 WCC Women's Tennis Preseason Poll
1. Saint Mary's - 47 (5)
2. Pepperdine - 45 (3)
3. San Diego - 37
4. Santa Clara - 30
5. Loyola Marymount - 24
6. San Francisco - 17
7. Portland - 15
8. Gonzaga - 9
(First place votes)

2011 Preseason All-Conference Team
Alex Poorta, Saint Mary's, Senior
Ali Walters, Pepperdine, Junior
Anamika Bhargava, Pepperdine, Senior
Arianna Colffer, Pepperdine, Sophomore
Laura Claus, San Diego, Sophomore
Catherine Isip, Saint Mary's, Sophomore

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

About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
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