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WCC Tennis Notes 3/27

March 27, 2008

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February Players of the Month

Men's Tennis - Andre Begemann, Pepperdine University
Andre Begemann posted a 4-1 singles record in February, mostly at the #1 singles position, and had a 3-1 record against players ranked in the top 100. His best victory came against sixth-ranked Greg Oullette of Florida on Feb. 25. Begemann is currently ranked #19 by the ITA.

Women's Tennis - Anamika Bhargava, Pepperdine
Anamika Bhargava finished the month of February with a record of 7-1, which included wins over two top 30 opponents. Bhargava is currently #48 in the ITA singles rankings after beginning the spring unranked.

Men's Tennis Doubles - Omar Altmann/Andre Begemann, Pepperdine University
The duo of Omar Altmann and Andre Begemann posted a record of 3-2 in the month of February at #1 doubles. They defeated the 29th-ranked team in the nation from Ohio State at the beginning of the month, and at the end of the month, they defeated an unranked doubles team from Florida, which helped the Waves to a win over the Gators (ranked 14th nationally as a team). Altmann and Begemann are currently ranked #26 by the ITA.

Women's Tennis Doubles - Sylvia Kosakowski/Bianca Dulgheru, Pepperdine University
The ninth-ranked doubles tandem in the nation of Sylvia Kosakowski and Bianca Dulgheru finished the month of February unbeaten with an 8-0 record, including a win over Baylor's fourth-ranked duo on Feb. 25. The 2007 doubles All-Americans began the spring unranked, but have climbed the ITA doubles charts.

Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs

-Stefan Feddersen and Conor Feeney each earned singles victories Saturday as the Gonzaga men's tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to WCC foe Loyola Marymount on Saturday.

-The Bulldogs took the No. 3 doubles contest as Cooper Fratt and Feeney defeated the Lions 8-4, but LMU earned the doubles point for the match.

-The Gonzaga women's tennis team posted a 7-0 win over visiting UC Santa Cruz Monday at the Spokane Racquet Club.

-At the No.1 spot, Aglaya Kokurina earned her 11th singles victory of the season with a 6-1, 6-1 decision over UCSC's Jessica Ruth.

-Next up the men face Portland State (3/28) and Portland (3/29), while the women take a week off.

Loyola Marymount Lions

-The LMU men's team fell 7-0 to the sixth-ranked UCLA Bruins before posting a 6-1 loss to WCC rival San Diego.

-In singles play, freshman Stefan Nikolic earned the only point of the day for the Lions with a win on court six over Levon Brown, 6-0, 6-3.

-The lady Lions defeated Yale 4-3 before falling 6-1 to #61 Nebraska last week.

-Seniors Tamara Tanner and Pavla Mesterova won their third consecutive match at No. 1 doubles, defeating the Cornhuskers 30th-ranked Imke Reimers and Jana Albers, 8-3. Shauna Morgan claimed the Lions' sole point of the match, defeating Amber Chandronnait in the No. 5 spot.

-Next up the women host Cal State Fullerton (3/27) and WCC rival San Diego (3/29), while the men travel to Cal Poly (3/29).

Pepperdine Waves

-The #18 Pepperdine women's team had its eight-match winning streak snapped with a 5-2 loss to #5 Stanford on Wednesday afternoon.

-After the seventh-ranked duo of Sylvia Kosakowski and Bianca Dulgheru lost for the first time this spring, Jill Braverman and Anamika Bhargava posted an 8-5 win, while Anete Bandere and Tania Rice rallied to post a 9-8 victory to give the Waves the doubles point.

-The #13 Pepperdine men's team continued its winning streak with a seventh straight dual match win against Cal on Wednesday.

-After claiming the doubles point, #10 Andre Begemann, #20 Bassam Beidas, and #123 Omar Altman defeated their opponents to clinch the match.

-The Waves continue their season as both teams host Harvard this week (3/29).

Portland Pilots

-The Pilot men won two of three matches at the Boise State Spring Break Tournament last weekend after dropping their first match to Yale and bouncing back to defeat Georgia State and Ball State.

-"Joel Kincaid and Filip Zivkovic have just been awesome for us at the top of the line-up and we are starting to get better contributions from below," Portland head coach Aaron Gross said of the team's improving performance.

-Led by Megan Sporndli and Lindsey Griffin in the No. 1 and 2 singles spots, the Portland women's team took their winning streak to four after defeating the Idaho Vandals 6-1 last week.

-The women host Santa Clara (3/27) whle the men take on UC Riverside (3/28), also at home.

Saint Mary's Gaels

-After a 5-2 defeat of Georgia Southern, the Gaels men's team fell 6-1 to #52 Fresno State, marking just their fourth loss of the year.

-Joel Kusnierz was the only Gael to survive the Bulldogs in singles, posting a 6-3, 6-1 win against Mirko Zapletal, earning the only point of the match.

-The #37 women's team defeated #65 Cal Poly 6-1, bringing their current winning streak to three.

-Saint Mary's started off on the right foot, capturing the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and 3 positions. In singles action the Gaels ran through the competition with Jessica Hoath, Marah Calvo, Alex Poorta, Claire Soper, and Stef Ordoveza each recording wins.

-The season continues as the men travel to San Francisco to face WCC rival USF on Monday (3/31), while the women host UC Santa Barbara on Saturday (3/29).

San Diego Toreros

-The USD men's tennis team improved to 9-4 on the season with a 6-1 win over WCC rival, Loyola Marymount.

-USD won the doubles point as No. 44 Thomas Liversage and Chris Coetzee defeated their opponents. In singles play, Liversage again defeated his opponent, while teammates Dean Jackson, Charl Wolmarans, Nils Schive, and Tamer Antabi also posted victories.

-The women's team dropped a 6-1 decision to #10 USC on Tuesday, but Alexandra Demidova posted a win over #102 Maria Sanchez in the No. 4 singles spot, to earn the Toreros lone point of the afternoon.

-The men's team will take a week off before traveling to Idaho to face Boise State (4/5) and the Idaho Vandals (4/6) while the women travel to Los Angeles to meet WCC opponent, Loyola Marymount this Saturday (3/29).

San Francisco Dons

-The Dons move to 9-5 on the season, as the men's team posted a 5-2 win over the Marquette Golden Eagles last week.

-The Dons claimed the doubles point after posting wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Thong Tu and Asaf Cohen got USF off to a great start in singles play with wins at No. 1 and 2. Einar Hart and Mitch Del Rosario finished off the match with wins at No. 5 and 6.

-The March 15th women's match against Cal Poly was rained out following doubles play, with the Mustangs leading 1-0 after sweeping the doubles matches.

-Sophomore Jenni Heinser is currently ranked 69th in the ITA poll.

-The women continue the season with a home match versus UC Santa Barbara this Friday and the men host WCC opponent Saint Mary's next Monday (3/31).

Santa Clara Broncos

-The Santa Clara men's team dropped a 7-0 contest to the #20 University of Washington at a neutral site in Palm Springs, CA.

-The women's team defeated Portland State, 6-1, on the road Wednesday afternoon.

-The Broncos earned the doubles point and Carmen Pham's singles victory at the No. 4 spot clinched the win.

-Ashley Pane also registered a straight set victory over Alyssa Ferry at the No. 5 spot and Courtney Hull earned the final point for Santa Clara at the sixth spot.

-The women take a week off before traveling to Spokane to face the Zags while the men visit UC Santa Barbara Thursday afternoon.