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WCC Men's and Women's Tennis Notes

March 9, 2007

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MEN'S
Mar. 9
Florida State at Pepperdine - 1:30 PM
Gonzaga at Washington - 2:00 PM

Mar. 10
Rice at San Diego - 12:30 PM
San Francisco at Cal Poly - 1:30 PM
Saint Mary's at Sacramento State - 3:00 PM

Mar. 11
Gonzaga at Chapman - 10:00 AM
San Francisco at UC Santa Barbara - 10:00 AM
Santa Clara at Cal Poly - 1:00 PM

Mar. 12
Gonzaga at UC Irvine - 1:00 PM
North Carolina at San Diego - 1:30 PM

WOMEN'S
Mar. 9
San Francisco vs. Pennsylvania (San Diego, CA) - 9:30 AM
UNLV at Pepperdine - 11:00 AM
Saint Mary's at San Diego - 1:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at San Jose State - 1:30 PM
Montana State at Gonzaga - 7:00 PM

Mar. 10
Portland vs. Queens (Davidson, NC) - 7:00 AM
Montana at Gonzaga - 8:00 AM
Pennsylvania at San Diego - 9:30 AM
Santa Clara at Long Beach State - 11:00 AM
Portland vs. Belmont Abbey (Davidson, NC) - TBA
Saint Mary's vs. TBA (San Diego, CA) - TBA

Mar. 11
Portland at Elon - 10:00 AM
San Francisco at San Diego - 10:00 AM
Loyola Marymount at Cal - 11:00 AM
Saint Mary's vs. TBA (San Diego, CA) - TBA


Around the WCC

WCC In The ITA Rankings
The WCC is well represented in the most recent Fila ITA rankings released on March 6. Both the Pepperdine men's and women's teams lead the conference, checking in at No. 24 in their respective rankings. On the women's side, Saint Mary's entered the rankings for the first time this season just outside of the top 50 at No. 59. Last year's WCC Player of the Year, Pepperdine's Bianca Dulgheru, is the highest ranked WCC singles competitor for the women at No. 41, while LMU's Pavla Mesterova earned a No 56 singles ranking. Pepperdine has two more singles players ranked in the top 100 in Katia Sabate and Sylvia Kosakowski, ranked 83rd and 94th, respecitvely. Dulgheru and Kosakowski are also the No. 16 doubles pair in the latest rankings. Along with Pepperdine, No. 59 Santa Clara, No. 72 San Diego and No. 75 Portland all find themselves in the top 75 team rankings on the men's side. The Waves' Andre Begemann is the only WCC player featured in the ITA singles rankings, checking in at No. 24. Pepperdine also has two doubles teams in the rankings, with Richard Johnson and Omar Altmann sitting at No. 47, while Altmann and Begemann rank 59th.

Players Earn February WCC Honors
Andre Begemann went 6-3 during the month of February for the Waves to earn the WCC men's singles Player of the Month award, playing exclusively at the No. 1 spot. The junior won five straight matches before falling to then-No. 2 ranked John Isner of Georgia, and his only other losses of the month came to opponents ranked in the top-five in the nation. Begemann recorded victories over No. 28 ranked Christian Groh of San Diego State, and upset No. 14 Stephen Bass of Notre Dame to clinch the match in a Pepperdine win. The Waves' doubles tandem of Omar Altmann and Richard Johnson joined Begemann in the monthly awards, earning WCC men's doubles Team of the Month. The two notched a 5-3 record during the month of February. They also achieved a No. 28 national ranking, and lost a narrow 8-6 decision to the top-ranked duo of John Isner and Luis Flores of Georgia. On the women's side, Pavla Mesterova and Tamara Tanner of Loyola Marymount were named the women's Doubles Team of the Month. Mesterova and Tanner improved to 8-3 overall on the season, going 4-1 in the month of February to start the season. In women's singles, Saint Mary's Aude Lambert earned WCC women's singles Player of the Month for February. Lambert turned in a near perfect month of February, going 7-0 in singles matches and leading the Gaels to a perfect 7-0 start on the season. The early season success marks the best start in program history, and during the seven matches Lambert dropped just one set, winning 14 of 15 sets in the No. 1 singles position.

WCC Championships Slated For April 20-22
The WCC Tennis Championships head to Southern California in 2007, with the women's tournament being held at Pepperdine University and the men's event slated to be held on the campus of the University of San Diego. The Pepperdine's men's program has claimed 16 straight conference titles, while the Waves' women's squad will be aiming for its fifth straight WCC crown.


WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs
- The Gonzaga men's and women's teams have struggled early in the season, but the men's squad has rebounded, winning three straight matches.

- Senior Marco Pineda has led the way for the Zags so far, going 11-8 with wins at No. 5 singles against Santa Clara, Montana and UC Davis and at No. 4 singles against Utah State and Montana State-Billings.

- Sophomore Emily Anderson earned her first dual match win of the season at No. 1 singles against Idaho last week, topping Patricia Ruman 6-2, 6-1.

- The Gonzaga men travel to face Washington today and Chapman on Sunday, kicking off a six-match road trip, while the women host Montana State and Montana this weekend before traveleing to Hawai'i.


Loyola Marymount Lions
- After starting off the season wit a 7-0 win over Air Force, the LMU men have dropped 10 of their last 12 matches, while the women are 5-4 with two wins over WCC teams.

- No. 2 singles Nico Terrien led the Lions to a 5-2 victory over Yale on March 4, their third win of the season. Sophomore Jacek Tarwowski scored LMU's only point in a loss to Princeton on March 5 with a 6-4, 6-1 win in No. 4 singles.

- Pavla Mesterova and Tamara Tanner earned February WCC Women's Doubles Players of the Month after improving to 8-3 this season with a 4-1 record in the month. The tandem scored wins over UC Santa Barbara, then-No. 19 Pepperdine and then-No. 60 San Diego.

- The LMU men return to Los Angeles for a four match homestand featuring Gonzaga (3/15), while the women travel to San Jose State (3/9) and Cal (3/11).


Pepperdine Waves
- Pepperdine's No. 24-ranked men's and women's teams are off to quality starts. The men have gone 3-0 against WCC teams, while compiling an 8-6 overall record, while the women are 6-6.

- No. 24 singles player Andre Begemann is 8-4 at No. 1 singles for the Waves this season and 7-5 at No. 2 doubles with partner Mahmoud Kamel. Omar Altmann and Richard Johnson are ranked 47th in doubles and earned WCC Men's Doubles Team of the Month with a 5-3 February record, while Begemann was the WCC singles Player of the Month, going 6-3 for the month.

- No. 124 Caroline Raba is one of three Pepperdine women ranked in the ITA singles rankings. Raba has compiled a 6-3 record this season at No. 4 singles, with wins over two ranked players from Cal and San Diego State.

- Pepperdine's men host Florida State (3/9), while the women host UNLV (3/9).


Portland Pilots
- Portland's men's squad has notched a 7-4 record after winning back-to-back matches, while the women are 6-3 so far.

- Portland entered the rankings in February for the first time since 2005, currently ranking 75th.

- Joel Kincaid and Evan Schleining have compiled an 8-2 record at No. 3 doubles in 2007, topping Oregon and WCC opponents Saint Mary's and Gonzaga.

- Portland's Nos. 4-6 singles players earned wins to hand Idaho a 5-2 loss in the last women's dual match.

- The women head to North Carolina for five matches starting with Belmont Abbey (3/10), while the men take a break before hosting Eastern Washington (3/17).


Saint Mary's Gaels
- The Saint Mary's men are 6-6 so far this season, while the women are undefeated in dual matches, compiling a 9-0 record, including a 4-0 record against WCC teams.

- Junior Aude Lambert has lost just three singles matches in 2007, all coming against individually ranked opponents. Lambert went 7-0 in February, earning her WCC singles Player of the Month honors. Lambert is 9-3 in singles and 5-4 in doubles matches so far.

- The men's squad put together a four game winning streak from February 17-28 that saw Joel Kusnierz go 4-0 at No. 1 singles and 3-0 in doubles matches. Kusnierz is 7-4 in singles matches this season.

- The SMC women travel to the USD Tournament (3/9-11), while the men travel to Sacramento State (3/10).


San Diego Toreros
- San Diego's No. 72 ranked men are 4-5 so far, while the women have had a rough start, going 2-8 in 2007.

- The Torero men have faced a difficult schedule so far this season, meeting six ranked teams in their nine games so far, earning a win over then-No. 75 UC Irvine last week. USD nearly stole a win over then-No. 23 Boise State, dropping all three doubles matches in a 4-3 loss. Freshman Chris Coetzee is 5-4 at No. 3 singles for San Diego this season.

- In a tough 4-3 loss to then-No. 36 Arizona, junior Monica Wiesener topped No.110 Danielle Steinberg 6-4, 6-7, 10-5 in No. 1 singles. Wiesener has faced six ranked players at No. 1 singles this season.

- The San Diego men continue a 13 match homestand hosting Rice (3/10) and North Carolina (3/12), while the women kick off their own homestand with Saint Mary's (3/9) and Penn (3/10).


San Francisco Dons
- USF's men's team has started off the season with a 5-4 record overall, going 2-1 against WCC opponents. The women are 3-7 overall.

- Senior Matthew Berry has led the Dons this season at the No. 1 singles position. Berry is 8-2 in singles in 2007, notching wins over conference opponents Santa Clara, Saint Mary's and Gonzaga. The Capetown, South Africa native and his partner Asaf Cohen are 7-3 at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles this season.

- The women's squad earned its win over UC Santa Barbara behind Mylene Martin at No. 2 singles, Sarah Oudomvilay at No. 3 singles, Joana Macedo at No. 4, Lauren Hickey at No. 5 and Nisha Dixit at No. 6 singles. The Dons took home 4-3 victory after losing the doubles point.

- The USF men travel to Cal Poly (3/10) and UC Santa Barbara (3/11) before heading to Pebble Beach next weekend, while the women play in the USD Tournament this weekend.


Santa Clara Broncos
- The Santa Clara men lead the WCC with an 11-4 overall record, while the women have struggled, going 3-6 so far this season.

- The Bronco men have reeled off seven straight victories after downing USF 5-2 on Thursday. At the No. 6 position, freshman Tommy Hicks has gone 8-5 in singles in 2007, while at No. 5 singles Bobby Rasmussen has compiled a 12-4 record, losing just two sets in the wins. In the top half of the singles positions, freshman Jay Wong is 13-4 at No. 3 singles so far.

- The SCU women's squad is 2-2 against West Coast Conference competition this year, earning wins over Gonzaga and San Francisco. The Broncos took home two doubles wins and victories in the four, five and six singles positions to post a 4-3 come from behind win.

- The Bronco men travel to Cal Poly (3/11) before returning to the Bay for a two game homestand on March 23. The SCU women travel to Long Beach State this weekend (3/10).