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WCC Men's and Women's Tennis Tournament Preview

April 17, 2008

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2008 WCC Tennis Championship Preview

The WCC men's and women's tennis championships return to the Bay Area in 2008, with Santa Clara University hosting the men's championship at the Degheri Tennis Center, and Saint Mary's College hosting the women's event at the Korth Tennis Complex.

The Pepperdine men's team will be looking for its 18th straight West Coast Conference crown, having claimed each team title since 1991 and 38 WCC championships overall. The 2006 National Champion Waves are led by Andre Begemann, who is the highest ranked singles player in the conference at No. 9 in the ITA listing, and is one of three returning all-conference players for Pepperdine. San Diego, led by No. 57-ranked Thomas Liversage, will look to break through after seven consecutive runner-up finishes at the WCC Championship.

On the women's side, the Waves will attempt to capture their fifth straight WCC title and their 19th conference crown in 21 years. Pepperdine is led by the eighth ranked 2007 First Team All-Conference No. 1 doubles team of Bianca Dulgheru and Sylvia Kosakowski. Saint Mary's has crept up the national rankings this seasson and currently sits at No. 43. The Gaels are led by 2007 All-Conference members Jessica Hoath and Marah Calvo. Also looking to make an impact at this season's conference championship is LMU, which is led by 2007 WCC Player of the Year, Pavla Mesterova, who has compiled a 14-6 record.

TEAM PREVIEWS

Gonzaga Bulldogs

-Roman Dojcak has compiled the best singles record for the Zags this season, going 11-9 at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Dojcak earned a 2007 All-Conference honorable mention with former doubles partner, Bryce Cooper.

-Cooper Fratt and Conor Feeney have each posted impressive singles records this season, and have teamed up to post the winningest doubles record on the squad, with a 7-6 mark.

-The lady Zags are currently riding a five-match winning streak heading into the WCC Championships, including a win over conference foe, Santa Clara.

-Aglaya Kokurina has led Gonzaga this season with an 11-6 singles record between the No.1 and No. 2 spots. Splitting her time with Kokurina between the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, is Emily Anderson, who owns a 7-10 singles record. Anderson and Kokurina are also paired at the No. 1 spot in doubles competition.

Loyola Marymount Lions

-The young Lions, with only five returners on the roster, have been led by a pair of freshman this season.

-Freshman Ivan Lopez has turned in an exceptional 12-8 record between the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Fellow freshman Johan Berhof has anchored the No. 5 spot for LMU, tallying an 8-7 record.

-2007 WCC Player of the Year, Pavla Mesterova, has dominated the competition this season, posting a 14-6 record in the No. 1 spot to lead the Lions. Mesterova currently owns a #75 national ranking.

-After earning honorable mention All-WCC honors in doubles play last year, Tamara Tanner and new partner Mesterova have compiled a 14-7 record in the No. 1 doubles spot this season.

Pepperdine Waves

-Pepperdine's #14 men's and #18 women's teams will look to continue their dominance at the WCC Championships. The men's squad has won 38 WCC tennis titles, while the women's team has won 19 titles in the 21 years of the WCC Championship.

-2007 WCC Player of the Year and All-American, Andre Begemann, returns for the Waves this year, posting a 14-5 record at the No. 1 position and 15-5 overall. Begemann is currently ranked #9 in the nation by ITA.

-2007 Freshman of the Year, Bassam Beidas has compiled a 17-4 record this season, with a 15-3 mark coming at the No. 2 spot. Beidas is currently ranked #32 in the nation by ITA.

-The 2007 first team all-conference No. 1 doubles team of Bianca Dulgheru and Sylvia Kosakowski has posted a 19-2 record this season, and have earned a #8 national ranking.

Portland Pilots

-The Portland men's team collected a five-match winning streak during the month of March, including a conference win over WCC rival Gonzaga.

-The Pilots have been led by sophomore Filip Zivkovic, who has turned in an unbeaten record of 16-0 between the No. 1 and No. 2 spots.

-Freshman Dillon Pottish has also helped to lead the Pilots this season, recording a 13-3 mark on the season.

-The Portland women's team earned a seven-match winning streak during the month of March, but was recently halted by the UC Davis Aggies.

-Stefanie Doolittle and Lindsey Griffin have led the Pilots with 11-7 and 10-7 records, respectively.

Saint Mary's Gaels

-The Gaels have compiled a 14-6 record this season, led by 2007 All WCC second team member Joel Kusnierz. Kusnierz has put together a 15-4 record this season in the No. 1 spot and is currently ranked #77 in the nation by the ITA.

-Marek Dvorak, Lucas Tirelli, and Andrea Zannoni have also earned impressive winning records this season to help lead the Gaels.

-The women's squad has put together one of the best season's in school history in 2008. The Gaels have gone 14-6 this spring and are currently ranked #49 in the national rankings.

-2007 all-conference singles Jessica Hoath and Marah Calvo return for the Gaels to the 2008 WCC Championships, which will be held on their home court.

-Freshman Alex Poorta has compiled a 15-5 record this season to lead the Gaels.

San Diego Toreros

-The #58 Toreros have been led this season by 2007 first team all-conference member, Thomas Liversage. Liversage has compiled a 14-6 record on the season and is currently ranked #57 nationally.

-Freshman Dean Jackson has proven to be an asset to the Toreros this season, putting together a 14-4 singles record. Jackson is currently ranked #55 in the nation.

-Liversage and doubles partner Chris Coetzee have put together an 11-4 record this season and have earned a #55 national doubles ranking.

-Senior Helene Lindstrand has led the women's team this season with a singles record of 8-8. Lindstrand and doubles partner Alexandra Demidova have compiled a record of 8-9 this season between the No. 1 and No. 2 spots.

San Francisco Dons

-The Dons have turned in a successful record of 14-6 this season and have won six of their last eight matches.

-Thong Tu returns to the WCC Championships after earning a spot on the all-conference second team. The sophomore is 11-9 at the No. 1 spot this season.

-Asaf Cohen, a 2007 WCC honorable mention, also returns to the conference event with a 9-11 record on the season.

-The women's team has won seven of their last nine matches and are currently 8-9.

-Jennifer-Lee Heinser has led the Dons this season at the No. 1 spot on the singles ladder. Heinser is currently ranked #73 by the ITA.

Santa Clara Broncos

-2007 second team all-conference member, Jay Wong, returns to the WCC Championships this year with a 9-7 mark in the No. 1 spot on the singles ladder.

-Kenzo Hirakawa-Wong has compiled a 3-2 record in the No. 3 postion, while Senthil Chidambaram has earned a 3-1 mark in the No. 4 spot.

-Jay Wong and Blane Shields have combined for 24 singles wins in 2007. Wong is 13-5 at the No. 3 spot, while Shields has lost just one singles match this season.

-In doubles this season, Myra Davoudi and Lindsay McBride have been a consistent force for the women's team with a 9-6 record.

-Sophomore Carmen Pham leads the Broncos in singles with a 10-8 record.