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WCC Women's Tennis Notes

April 13, 2010

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - All eight women's tennis teams will be closing out the 2009-10 regular season in the next two weeks before heading to the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego for the WCC Championships. Five of the eight teams are currently at a .500 mark or better, while three teams are ranked in the latest ITA national rankings.

Saint Mary's continues to climb the rankings, reaching its highest rank this season at No. 39, while Pepperdine and San Diego join them in the top 75 at No. 57 and 66, respectively. Pepperdine also has one singles player--Arianna Colffer (No. 82)--and one doubles team--Anamika Bhargava and Marie Zalameda (No. 54)--ranked in the nation, while San Francisco's Jenni Heinser is also ranked No. 105 on the singles list.

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  • Gonzaga split its matches last week, bringing the Zags' overall record to 12-5 on the season. The Zags were on a five match win streak after the 6-1 win over Seattle, but the streak was ended with a 7-0 loss to Washington State.

  • In singles play against Seattle, JR Rika Mehndiratta led the way with a 6-2, 6-2 win at the No. 1 spot to record her 10th victory of the season, while RS FR Prue Teitzel collected her team-leading 12th win of the season with a straight set victory at No. 2 singles.

  • Against Washington State, JR Jackie Tabb forced her No. 6 singles match to go the distance but eventually suffered a 6-2, 3-6, 14-12 defeat.

  • Gonzaga will have one more road match against Eastern Washington (4/13) before competing at the WCC Tennis Championships in San Diego (4/23-4/25).
  • Loyola Marymount dropped two conference matches on the week, losing 7-0 to Pepperdine and 6-1 to San Francisco. The Lions are now 0-4 in conference play and 3-14 overall.

  • The Lions were unable to make up ground in the PCH Challenge, falling to 54th-ranked Pepperdine. Their only victory of the day came at No. 3 doubles, but it was after the point had already been decided.

  • Against San Francisco, the Lions again took No. 3 doubles but were unable to pull out a team victory. The Lions did tab a point with a singles victory from JR Shauna Morgan on court six, who defeated her opponent 6-2, 6-2.

  • Loyola Marymount will take on Cal State Fullerton (4/13) at home and Long Beach State on the road (4/17) this week.
  • Pepperdine picked up three wins against Cal Poly (6-1), Loyola Marymount (7-0) and San Francisco (5-2). The Waves are now 9-12 on the season and 3-1 in WCC play.

  • Against Cal Poly, the Waves swept the doubles point for only the second time this season.

  • Pepperdine swept LMU with convincing straight set wins across the singles board.

  • The Waves quickly nabbed the first point after winning all three doubles matches. In singles, JR Anamika Bhargava and SO Ali Walters tallied the next two points with wins at the No. 2 and 3 positions, respectively. SO Andrea Oates clinched the match at No. 4 singles with a 6-4, 6-1 win.

  • Pepperdine hosts Long Beach State (4/16) for its final match of the regular season.
  • Portland lost to UC Davis (4-1) and Pacific (5-2), but came back to defeat Weber State (6-1). The Pilots are now 5-11 in the regular season.

  • Due to rain, the match against UC Davis was rescheduled for the indoor facility and did not start until 9:30 p.m. JR Stefanie Doolittle tallied the lone point with a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles as the Pilots fell short in their attempt to snap UC Davis's six-match win streak.

  • SR Megan Sporndli and Doolittle posted three-set victories against Pacific at the No. 2 and 4 singles spots.

  • Portland will have a busy travel weekend in Southern California, as they take on UC Santa Barbara (4/16), Cal State Northridge (4/17) and conference foe Loyola Marymount (4/18) before heading back for a second trip down south for the WCC Championships (4/23-4/25).
  • Saint Mary's reached its highest national ranking this season--No. 39--after three wins over nationally-ranked Pepperdine (4-3), San Diego (4-3), and Long Beach (6-1). The Gaels are still undefeated in conference play (6-0) and are 13-6 overall.

  • The Gaels won the doubles point and the next two singles matches to go up 3-0 against Pepperdine. SO Anna Chikhikvishvili clinched the match for the Gaels with a 6-4, 6-4 win at the No. 3 spot. The Waves took the last two singles matches after the match was decided.

  • After dropping the doubles point against San Diego, the Gaels surged back in singles action, scoring four team points to capture the win and remain perfect in WCC play. The Gaels then closed out their regular season road schedule with a 6-1 upset victory over No. 33 Long Beach State, winning four of the five singles victories in three sets.

  • The Gaels will host Cal Poly (4/16) for its last match of the regular season.
  • San Diego suffered two losses last week against UC Irvine (6-1) and conference rival Saint Mary's (5-2). The Toreros are 10-10 on the season and 1-2 in WCC play.

  • WCC Player of the Month SO Marite Raygada won her ninth straight singles dual match at No. 6 singles against UC Irvine, but the San Diego team could not make it three in row.

  • The match against Saint Mary's was San Diego's final home match of the regular season. The Toreros won the doubles point and No. 2 and 6 singles matches. Raygada recorded her 10th straight singles victory at No. 6, while FR Laura Claus added one more win to bring the final score to 4-3. Claus, in her second victory of the day, won her match, 7-6 (4), 0-6, 6-3.

  • The Toreros have two matches remaining before the WCC Tournament, facing Loyola Marymount University (4/15) and San Diego State (4/19).
  • San Francisco split its conference matches on the road, defeating Loyola Marymount 6-1 and losing to Pepperdine 5-2. The Dons are currently 4-3 in WCC play and 11-9 overall.

  • San Francisco won the doubles point and won every singles match from the No. 1 through 5 spots. JR Jenni Heinser earned her team leading 15th win, defeating her opponent 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

  • Against Pepperdine, the Dons dropped the doubles point and only picked up two singles wins. Wins came at the No. 1 spot as Heinser convincingly defeated No. 87-ranked Arianna Colffer 6-1, 6-1 and at the No. 6 spot as JR Jessy Mekpoh won her match 3-6, 6-4, 10-4.

  • The Dons will close out the regular season at Santa Clara (4/18) before heading to the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego for the WCC Championships (4/23-4/25).
  • Santa Clara split its matches last week, as the team defeated local rival San Jose State 5-2 and dropped its match to Cal Poly 6-1. The Broncos are now 13-5 on the season.

  • The Broncos started the day off right with a complete sweep of all three doubles matches to earn the doubles point. Freshman duo Kelly Lamble and Maggie McGeorge improved their doubles record to 13-2 at the No. 1 doubles spot and are currently on a seven-match winning streak. In singles play, Lamble, McGeorge, and freshmen Alex Zaniewski and Jessica Agra all picked up wins to defeat the Spartans in a convincing 5-2 victory.

  • SO Kacie Wagner picked up the lone point against Cal Poly, winning at No.3 singles.

  • Santa Clara will end its regular season with an away match at Pacific (4/17) and a home match against crossbay rival San Francisco (4/18).

    WCC Championships Returns to San Diego
    The 2010 WCC Tennis Championships will be held at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, CA for the second straight year. The event will host all WCC men's and women's teams and will take place on April 23-25. The winner of the tournament will earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which will be hosted this year by the University of Georgia. Information surrounding the WCC Championships, including the weekend's match schedules, tournament seeding and brackets, and directions to the tournament site is available on the men's and women's tennis pages on the WCC's official website at WCCsports.com.

    Pepperdine & Saint Mary's Top Preseason Poll
    The Pepperdine and Saint Mary's women's tennis teams were both chosen to win this year's West Coast Conference title, splitting the first place votes equally by the head coaches in the conference.

    2010 WCC Preseason Poll - TEAM
    1. Pepperdine - 46 (4)
    1. Saint Mary's - 46 (4)
    3. San Diego - 37
    4. Loyola Marymount - 28
    5. San Francisco - 27
    6. Santa Clara - 17
    7. Portland - 14
    8. Gonzaga - 9
    (First place votes)

    2010 Preseason All-Conference Singles Selections
    Jenni Heinser, USF - 2008 & 2009 WCC Player of the Year
    Alex Poorta, SMC
    Juliette Coupez, USD
    Anamika Bhargava, PEP
    Alexandria Walters, PEP
    Anna Chikhikvishvili, SMC

    Returning 2009 All-Conference Singles Players

    First Team
    Alex Poorta, SMC
    Anamika Bhargava, PEP
    Anna Chkhikvishvili, SMC
    Jennifer Heinser, USF
    Juliette Coupez, USD

    Second Team
    Ali Walters, PEP
    Kristina Zauere, GON
    Lacey Pflibsen, POR

    Honorable Mention
    Andrea Oates, PEP
    Claire Soper, SMC
    Elisaveta Pironkova, LMU
    Jasmin Heckel, LMU
    Kacie Wagner, SCU
    Maria Raygada, USD
    Megan Sporndli, POR
    Rika Mehndiratta, GON

    About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
    Long recognized as one of the best-organized collegiate sports associations, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is a non-profit service organization, which serves as the governing body of collegiate tennis in the United States. Administering a comprehensive calendar of tournaments and events and a far-reaching awards program, the goal of the ITA is to improve the level of intercollegiate tennis competition and the quality of college tennis coaching.

    Comprised of nearly 1,500 men's and women's coaches representing over 1,200 institutions across the country from all three NCAA Divisions, as well as the NAIA and Junior and Community Colleges, the ITA oversees activities involving over 15,000 varsity college student-athletes. In addition to ITA collegiate coach (and team) members, the ITA also welcomes collegiate parents, junior players and parents, alumni, corporate, federation, high school coach, and associate membership.

    To learn more about the ITA, please visit www.itatennis.com .