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WCC Women's Tennis Notes, Apr. 12, 2011

April 12, 2011

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - San Diego ended its impressive regular season campaign with a 16-4 record and a No. 24 ranking in the nation. The Toreros look forward to competing in the WCC Tennis Championships with their sights set on postseason play. Pepperdine and Saint Mary's follow closely behind, ranked No. 28 and 40, respectively. All remaining seven WCC women's tennis teams, including Pepperdine and Saint Mary's, have one more week of regular season competition before the conference championships in San Diego.

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Overall Record: 10-10
WCC Record: 1-1
  • Gonzaga capped its regular season with a loss to Utah State and a winover Idaho. The Bulldogs finish with a 10-10 overall record and 1-1 recordin conference play.

  • The Zags came back from a 2-3 deficit to win the match against Idaho. Senior Jackie Tabb tiedthe match and extended her winning streak to six with a 7-6, 6-4 victory at No. 5 singles, whilesophomore Britta Stime defeated her opponent 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 6 position to secure the match.

  • The 5-2 setback to Utah State last Friday snapped a season-high six-match winning streak.However, senior Rika Mehndiratta continued her hot streak, earning her 13th singles win of theseason at the No. 1 spot.

  • The Bulldogs will compete next at the WCC Tennis Championships at the Barnes Tennis Centerin San Diego on April 21-23.

Overall Record: 6-14
WCC Record: 0-4
  • Loyola Marymount dropped two matches on the week, losing to nonconferenceopponent UC Irvine and WCC foe San Diego. The Lions fallto 6-14 in regular season play and 0-4 in conference contests.

  • In the 6-1 loss to UC Irvine, the Lions were led by sophomore April Bisharat, who earnedher second straight win by defeating Courtney Byron of UC Irvine, 6-2, 6-2. Over the last sixmatches, Bisharat is now 4-2.

  • Bisharat tallied the lone point for the Lions against San Diego. At the No. 1 singles spot,Bisharat topped No. 75 Stephanie Hoffpauir by a score of 7-6, 5-7, 1-0 (11-9).

  • LMU has two more non-conference matches before the regular season ends. The Lions willtake on Cal State Northridge on Thursday, April 14 before heading to UC Santa Barbara onSaturday, April 16.

Overall Record: 11-6
WCC Record: 3-0
  • Pepperdine picked up two wins over the last two weeks, defeating FresnoState on the road and Cal Poly at home. The Waves are now 11-6 on the season and remainat 3-0 in conference play.

  • Despite dropping the doubles point, the Waves rebounded in singles with four victories toedge Fresno State, 4-3. Sophomore Marie Zalameda's straight-set win on court five gave theWaves the dual-clinching fourth point.

  • Pepperdine nabbed its fourth straight win with a 5-2 victory against Cal Poly. The Waves wonthe doubles point and singles points at the No. 1, 2, 3 and 6 spots. Sophomore Arianna Colfferclinched the dual for the Waves, battling out a three-set win versus Alexa Lee in the top match.

  • The Waves conclude the regular season next week on Wednesday, April 13 as they hostUCLA at 1:30 PM.

Overall Record: 9-9
WCC Record: 0-3
  • Portland dropped two conference matches against Saint Mary's and SantaClara. The Pilots are still in search for their first WCC win, falling to 0-3 inconference play and 9-9 overall.

  • Plagued by injuries, the Pilots took on Saint Mary's without a No. 6 singles player. After losingthe doubles point, the Pilots defaulted No. 6 singles, quickly bringing the team to a 2-0 deficit.The match was decided on court four, as sophomore Beate Valdmane lost 6-1, 6-0.

  • Portland lost to Santa Clara, 7-0. Close matches were seen at the No. 3 and 6 courts withsophomore Valeska Hoath losing a close split-setter (6-4, 3-6, 10-6) and freshman Emily Majairaslosing by a score of 1-6, 6-2, 10-7. This was Hoath's first loss since February.

  • The Pilots will end the regular season at home against Washington State on Friday, April 15.

Overall Record: 11-7
WCC Record: 5-1
  • Saint Mary's is currently riding a five-match win streak with two recent winsover Portland and Denver. The Gaels are 11-7 overall and 5-1 in conference play.

  • In the 6-1 win over Denver, the Gaels won the doubles point for the fifth consecutive matchand won on five of six singles courts to earn the victory. No. 49-ranked Alex Poorta won her10th straight singles match and clinched the victory for the Gaels on court one with a 6-2, 6-3win, improving to 12-6 this season. Freshman Jenny Jullien and sophomore Catherine Isip alsorecorded their 10th consecutive wins in singles play.

  • With a 1-0 lead going into singles, the Gaels earned another point as Portland defaulted oncourt six. Saint Mary's tallied two quick singles wins on court one and four to tally the 4-0 win.

  • The Gaels will end regular season play on the road, as they head to Stanford on Wednesday,April 13. First serve is scheduled for 1:30 PM.

Overall Record: 16-4
WCC Record: 3-2
  • San Diego completed its 2011 campaign with wins over San Diego State andOregon. The Toreros improve to 16-4 in dual contests and 3-2 in WCC play,and are just one win away from matching the longest team winning streak inUSD history (10 matches, set in 1983).

  • San Diego posted its ninth-straight victory with a 6-1 win over Oregon. This was the Toreros'first win over the Ducks since 2003, snapping a string of four losses.

  • Junior Maja Sujica and freshman Anna Depenau took home WCC Player of the Month honors.Sujica and Depenau went 7-1 in doubles play during the month of March, including a five-matchwinning streak to close out the month.

  • The Toreros will look to continue their momentum into the WCC Tennis Championships onApril 21-23 at the Barnes Tennis Center.

Overall Record: 3-13
WCC Record: 1-3
  • San Francisco rolled to a 6-1 victory over West Coast Conference foePortland, winning four points in straight sets. The Dons improve to 3-13 onthe season and 1-3 in conference play.

  • After losing the doubles point to the Pilots, the Dons came back strong in singles. The Pilots wereforced to retire its No. 6 singles match, giving the Dons an even playing field. At the top two spots,sophomore Yurie Hashiguchi and senior Cecilia Gratian tallied wins for a 3-1 lead. Junior AlanaMcMahon earned a 6-3, 6-2 win at the No. 4 spot to secure the fourth point.

  • The Dons defeated Northern Arizona at home by a score of 4-3. San Francisco fell behind earlyin doubles action, but posted four straight-set singles victories to take the win.

  • The Dons will finish their regular season on the road, taking on San Jose State on Wednesday,April 13 and Santa Clara on Sunday, April 17.

Overall Record: 14-4
WCC Record: 4-2
  • Santa Clara recuperated after losses to San Diego and Saint Mary's toswing momentum back its way and pick up convincing wins over San Jose State and Portland.The Broncos are now 14-4 on the season and 4-2 in conference contests.

  • The Broncos defeated San Jose State's squad by winning all but one singles match and twoof three doubles matches to secure the 6-1 victory.

  • In the 7-0 sweep over Portland, Santa Clara won all three doubles matches for the first timesince February 13 against Kansas. Freshman Carolina O'Haren also made her collegiate debutagainst Portland and won her first dual match at the No. 6 singles spot.

  • The Broncos will take on UC Davis on the road on Saturday, April 16 before hosting SanFrancisco on Sunday, April 17 to end the regular season.


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

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 March Players of the Month

Singles - Alex Poorta, Saint Mary's, SR
Alex Poorta went 5-0 in singles play in the month of March, including a perfect 4-0 in conference play at the No. 1 spot, and did not drop a set the entire month. Poorta also received a No. 49 ranking in the ITA singles poll on March 29, her highest since she was No. 46 on February 14. Poorta opened up the month on March 5 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Julia Wartenburger of San Francisco, and then helped the Gaels sweep Loyola Marymount on March 11 with another 6-2, 6-0 win, this time over the Lion's April Bisharat. In SMC's upset win over then-No. 26 San Diego on March 13, Poorta easily defeated No. 96 Stephanie Hoffpauir 6-2, 6-1. Poorta topped Arianna Colffer of No. 30 Pepperdine 6-0, 6-3 on March 27, and then defeated No. 66 UC Santa Barbara's Jill Damion at the two spot 6-4, 6-0 on March 28 to close out the month.

Also Nominated: April Bisharat, LMU; Khunpak Issara, PEP; Valeska Hoath, POR; Laura Claus, USD

Doubles - Maja Sujica/Anna Depenau, San Diego
The duo of Maja Sujica and Anna Depenau went 7-1 in doubles play during the month of March, including a current five-match winning streak. As a pair, they are second on the team with an 11-2 doubles record on the year.

Also Nominated: April Bisharat/Melissa Valenzuela, LMU; Anamika Bhargava/Marie Zalameda, PEP; Clair Soper/Jenny Jullien, SMC

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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