March 15, 2007
Women's Tennis Weekly Notes
The Santa Clara Broncos get back to work this weekend with two matches at the Degheri Tennis Center. On Friday, March 16, the Broncos host Montana at 3:00 p.m. PT and then take on North Texas on Sunday, March 18 at 4:00 p.m. PT. The Broncos have not played either team in the past five seasons.
The Santa Clara women's tennis team lost its only match of last week to conference rival, Loyola Marymount. The Lions earned a hard-fought 5-1 victory on March 7 at the Degheri Tennis Center. Kim Daniel and Myra Davoudi won their doubles match, but LMU took the other two matches to narrowly win the doubles point. In singles, three of the six matches went to three sets. Erika Barnes earned the team's only win, earning a 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8) victory over Elrien de Villiers at No. 5. Casey Knutson dropped a close three-setter at No. 2, while Daniel's match at No. 4 was called at 5-5 in the third set.
Daniel Now Eighth Overall In Singles Wins
Kim Daniel posted the 46th win of her career on March 1 against San Jose State at No. 4 singles. Currently in eighth place all-time in singles wins, Daniel is one win away from tying Mariko Kawakami (2000-03) for seventh all-time. Casey Knutson also won against San Jose State, moving her into sole possession of eighth place all-time with 45 wins.
Barnes On A Streak
Senior Erika Barnes has been on a roll recently, winning three straight singles matches, while teaming with Casey Knutson to win two out of her last three in doubles. Her singles streak began with a comeback 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Joana Macedo of USF on Feb. 23 in a 4-3 Broncos win. She then earned a straight-sets win against San Jose State on March 1, before being the only Bronco to get a singles win versus Loyola Marymount on March 7. In doubles, she has combined with Casey Knutson to win four matches during the dual season and seven overall this year.
Barnes Moving Up All-Time Doubles Leaderboard
Erika Barnes entered the 2007 dual season with 45 combined doubles wins in her career, placing her 10th all-time in program history in doubles wins. By winning four matches this season, she has moved up to seventh place with 49 wins. She is now three wins behind Lindsay Colker (1996-99) for sixth all-time.
Prior to the match against Gonzaga on Feb. 17, head coach Ben Cabell switched the doubles lineup and paired Stephanie Galainena and Lindsay McBride at No. 2 and Kim Daniel and Myra Davoudi at No. 3. The move has worked out well so far for the Broncos. Galainena and McBride lost their first match together, but then won three straight matches against Saint Mary's, San Francisco and San Jose State, before their loss to LMU last week. Daniel and Davoudi have also posted a 3-2 record, beating Gonzaga, San Jose State and Loyola Marymount since the switch.
Daniel Leading Way
With her win against Silvana Dukic of San Jose State on March 1, senior Kim Daniel moved her record to 5-1 during the dual match season. She has won matches at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 in the lineup for SCU. She is currently leading the team in wins in the dual match season. Her match against Loyola Marymount was called due to weather after LMU clinched the overall match 5-1.
Bronco seniors Erika Barnes, Kim Daniel and Casey Knutson have led the way for SCU this season. The trio has earned 11 of the 17 singles wins in duals for the Broncos this year. In doubles, Barnes and Knutson have posted a 4-3 record at No. 1 doubles, while Daniel combined with junior Myra Davoudi for three doubles wins. Seniors have been involved with seven out of 10 doubles wins during the dual season.
Last Match Against Montana and North Texas
The Broncos will play both teams for the first time this weekend.
Head coach Ben Cabell, looking ahead to weekend: "We need to come out of the gate much quicker this weekend. We have had some slow starts this year. Even when we beat USF, we had to come from behind to do it. If we can play well right away against Montana and North Texas, I think we have a good chance to win both matches."
Cabell, on lineup: "We are pretty strong from top to bottom and we have a lot of parity on our team. With a number of players that are fairly equal, we have a lot of options. If someone is playing well in practice they have a chance to move up the lineup. Also, with a pretty even squad, we should be always be strong at Nos. 4, 5 and 6."