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WCC Women's Tennis Notes, Mar. 30, 2011

March 30, 2011

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WCC WOMEN'S TENNIS NOTES

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Pepperdine is the only team to remain undefeated in conference play after defeating Saint Mary's in a close 4-3 match. Santa Clara and Saint Mary's are both 3-1 in WCC contests, while San Diego is 2-2. The Toreros, however, hold the best record of all WCC teams with a 13-4 overall record so far this season and rising to No. 24 in the ITA rankings. A little more than three weeks remain until the 2011 WCC Tennis Championships in San Diego.

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SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 7-9
WCC Record: 1-1
  • Gonzaga won its fourth-straight match, defeating Portland State, 6-1,on the final day of its two-match tour in Portland this past weekend. TheZags also defeated conference rival Portland by a score of 5-2 to improvetheir conference record to 1-1 on the season.

  • Junior Sophie Lantta won her match against Portland State in straight sets at the No. 6 spot,making it four straight singles wins for Lantta over her last four matches.

  • Despite falling in their No. 1 doubles match to Portland, seniors Rika Mehndiratta and DanielleFarmer came back to win in singles to claim the Gonzaga victory. Farmer defeated her opponentat the No. 5 spot, 6-0, 6-2, to clinch the match for the Bulldogs.

  • The Bulldogs host Lewis-Clark State at the Spokane Racquet Club on Sunday, April 3 at 12:00PM.

Overall Record: 6-11
WCC Record: 0-2
  • Loyola Marymount went 1-3 in a four-match homestand, defeating Columbiaand losing to Louisville, New Mexico State and San Diego State.The Lions are now 6-11 overall and remain at 0-2 in conference play.

  • In the 6-1 loss to San Diego State, the Lions were highlighted by junior Ashley Anderson, whodefeated Olivia Colman of SDSU, 6-3, 6-3 on court six to give the Lions their only point of the day.

  • After securing the doubles point with a sweep across all three courts against New MexicoState, the Lions fell in a tough singles battle and eventually lost in a 4-3 heartbreaker. The Lionswere led in singles play by sophomore April Bisharat and junior Elisaveta Pironkova, who wontheir matches at the No. 1 and 5 spots, respectively.

  • The Lions will host their last home match against conference for Pepperdine on Thursday,March 31 at 1:30 PM.

Overall Record: 8-6
WCC Record: 2-0
  • Pepperdine split its four matches over the last couple weeks with matchesagainst four ranked opponents. The Waves defeated both Long Beach State an conference rivalSaint Mary's by a tight score of 4-3 and lost to Pac-10 opponents Arizona and Stanford. TheWaves are currently 8-6 in conference play and are still undefeated at 2-0 in WCC contests.

  • After their match against Stanford being postponed a day due to rain, the Waves were able toget on court the following day but suffered a 7-0 loss at home to the then-No. 2 ranked Cardinal(15-0). Two of the six singles matches went to three sets.

  • After securing the doubles point against Saint Mary's, the Gaels made a run in singles playto even up the match at 3-3. Senior Anamika Bhargava outlasted her opponent (7-5, 4-6, 6-1)at the No. 3 singles spot to solidify the team win.

  • The Waves are scheduled for another WCC match, taking on LMU on Thursday, March 31.

Overall Record: 9-5
WCC Record: 0-1
  • Portland went 1-2 in its last three matches with a 4-3 win over Seattle and5-2 losses to Washington and Gonzaga. The Pilots are now 9-5 overall and0-1 in conference play this season.

  • Sophomores Sabine Fuchs and Valeska Hoath picked up singles victories and a doubles winin the 5-2 loss to visiting Gonzaga in the Pilots' WCC opener at the Louisiana-Pacific TennisCenter. Fuchs won in straight sets, improving her season record to 8-5, while Hoath won herteam high 12th match of the season and 11th in dual contests.

  • Against then-ranked No. 27 Washington, Hoath picked up her 10th dual victory with a threesetwin, while teammate Emily Mahairas won in split sets to tally a second Pilot point.

  • The Pilots will be back on court at No. 66 UC-Santa Barbara on Thursday, March 31 at 1:30 PM.

Overall Record: 7-7
WCC Record: 3-1
  • Saint Mary's dropped a tough 4-3 match to conference rival Pepperdine butcame back to defeat then-No. 60 UC Santa Barbara, 5-2. The loss to Pepperdinewas the Gaels' first conference loss of the season, bringing their WCC record to 3-1 andoverall record to 7-7.

  • Sophomore Catherine Isip played on court one for the first time this spring and won herteam-leading 11th singles match of the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win over UCSB, while freshmanJenny Jullien won her sixth-straight singles match on court four to improve to 10-4 this season.

  • In the loss to Pepperdine, the match came down to the No. 3 singles match. The Waves'Anamika Bhargava defeated Anna Chkhikvishvili 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 to give Pepperdine the 4-3 win.

  • The Gaels will host Santa Clara on Saturday, April 2 at 12:00 PM before taking on Pacificon Sunday at 1:00 PM.

Overall Record: 13-4
WCC Record: 2-2
  • San Diego currently rides a six match win streak after defeating five nonconferenceopponents and one WCC opponent at home. The Toreros boast a13-4 overall record and 2-2 record in conference play.

  • The Toreros won their first match over Fresno State since 1999, a string of six contests, whilethen-ranked No. 70 Bulldogs dropped to 5-9 on the year. Sophomore Laura Claus clinched thevictory for the Toreros with her 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 3, improving her record to a team-best 16-6.

  • In the sweep over Santa Clara, freshman Anna Depenau earned the clinching victory at theNo. 4 spot. This was Depenau's 17th singles win of the season. Despite being up, San Diegocontinued the momentum going on as sophomore Josymar Escalona, junior Maja Sujica andfreshman Idil Haciraifoglu topped their opponents in straight sets.

  • The Toreros will be back on court next Saturday, April 2 against LMU at 10:00 AM.

Overall Record: 2-13
WCC Record: 0-3
  • San Francisco went 1-2 in its last three matches season, defeatingNorthern Arizona and dropping matches to Harvard and Pacific. The Donsare now 1-13 on the season and 0-3 in conference play.

  • The Dons lost 4-3 to Pacific in a close back-and-forth match. After dropping the doubles point,the match came down to the No. 3 singles match between USF sophomore Yurie Hashiguchi, whowas eventually outlasted by her opponent, 6-3, 6-3.

  • After two tough losses to Harvard and Pacific, the Dons were able to turn things around at homeas they defeated Northern Arizona by a score of 4-3. San Francisco feel behind early in doublesaction, but posted four straight-set victories to take the win.

  • The Dons look to continue their momentum as they return to action at Golden Gate Park on Friday,April 1 at Noon against Portland.

Overall Record: 12-3
WCC Record: 3-1
  • Santa Clara's four match win streak was broken by a 7-0 loss in WCC playto San Diego. This was the Broncos' first conference loss of the season. Santa Clara is now 3-1in WCC contests and 12-3 overall.

  • The Broncos had an unusual off day with every singles player losing in straight sets withthe closest match coming at No. 1 singles. Freshman Katie Le hung closest with her opponentand lost 6-2, 6-4.

  • Santa Clara's match against UC Riverside was cancelled due to rain. The match has notbeen rescheduled for a later date.

  • The Broncos look to pick up their fourth conference win against Saint Mary's on Saturday,April 2 at 12:00 PM.


AROUND THE WCC

WCC Tennis Championships, Presented by The Agassi Foundation for Education
The 2011 West Coast Conference Men's & Women's Tennis Championships, Presented by theAgassi Foundation for Education will be taking place on April 21-23 at the Barnes Tennis Center inSan Diego, CA. This will be the third straight year that the event will be a dual event at the samelocation. Seeds will be determined on Tuesday, April 19 and brackets will officially be released onWednesday, April 20.
Official tournament location:
Barnes Tennis Center
4490 West Point Loma Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92107
619-221-9000

WCC Coaches, Players to Host "WCC Youth Tennis Festival" in San Diego
As part of this year's WCC Tennis Championships, the WCC conference staff along with men'sand women's tennis coaches and student-athletes from its member institutions will be hosting a"WCC Youth Tennis Festival" that invites kids from the local San Diego area to participate in anfun, active and educational event. Kids will learn about sportsmanship, hard work, fitness and otherimportant values during the one-hour event. The "WCC Youth Tennis Festival" will take place onWednesday, April 20 from 5:00 PM-6:30 PM and will kick off the 2011 WCC Tennis Championshipsat the Barnes Tennis Center from April 21-23.

WCC February Players of the Month

WOMEN'S TENNIS (SINGLES) - Katie Le, Santa Clara, FR
Katie Le is undefeated at the No. 1 spot (12-0), and her only two losses in the fall campaign came from nationally ranked Stanford and Cal players. Le, in SCU's only match this week, defeated LMU's April Bisharat in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 1 singles and teamed up with sophomore Jessica Agra to defeat Ashley Anderson/ Miya Jin, 8-3, at No. 1 doubles. SCU is 3-0 against WCC opponents this season. In eight February matches, Katie Le has gone 8-0 at No. 1 singles and is 12-0 overall this season at that spot.

Also Nominated: Clare Dodge, GON; Miya Jin, LMU; Khunpak Issara, PEP; Valeska Hoath, POR; Catherine Isip, SMC; Stephanie Hoffpauir, USD

CO-WOMEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES)

Jenny Julien & Claire Soper, Saint Mary's
Jullien and Soper linked up for the first time all season on February 12 and went 4-0 the rest of the month at the No. 3 spot for the Gaels. The duo topped Rohde-Moe/van de Street of No. 16 Ole Miss 8-2 on February 12, and then two days later easily defeated Radunovic/Nemcevic of No. 23 Washington 8-1. Against No. 41 Arizona, Soper and Jullien defeated McRann/Huh 8-4, and finished up the month with an 8-6 win over Jasper/Vo of No. 42 Boise State.

Laura Claus & Josymar Escalona, San Diego
Claus and Escalona went 4-1 during February exclusively at No. 2. Theydefeated then-ranked No. 68 Stubbe/Smyth of Arizona (8-4) and their onlyloss of the month was to then-ranked No. 16 Pulido/Ramos of USC (8-5).They posted a four-match winning streak and are 6-1 as a pair overall.

Also Nominated: Clare Dodge & Kristina Zauere, GON; Elisaveta Pironkova & Reky Rohonyi, LMU; Khunpak Issara & Andrea Oates, PEP; Sabine Fuchs and Stephanie Fuchs, POR; Katie Le & Jessica Agra, SCU

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

2009-10 WCC WOMEN'S TENNIS: SEASON RECAP
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.


WCC IN THE 2010 NCAA TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
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.

SPRING 2010 WOMEN'S TENNIS ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
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

SPRING 2010 WCC POSTSEASON AWARD WINNERS
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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