April 19, 2007
WCC TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND
The WCC men's and women's tennis championships head to Southern California in 2007, with the University of San Diego hosting the men's championship at the USD West Tennis Courts, and Pepperdine University hosting the women's event at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.
The Pepperdine men's team will be looking for its 17th straight West Coast Conference crown, having claimed each team title since 1991 and 37 WCC championships overall. The defending National Champion Waves are led by Andre Begemann, who is the highest ranked singles player in the conference at No. 16 in the ITA listing and is one of three WCCreturning all-conference players for Pepperdine. Returning all-conference pair Omar Altmann and Richard Johnson were recently ranked 40th in the nation and anchor the doubles teams for the Waves. San Diego and No. 72-ranked Thomas Liversage will look to break through after six consecutive runner-up finishes at the WCC Championship.
On the women's side, the Waves will attempt to capture their fourth straight WCC title and their 19th conference crown in 21 years. Pepperdine is led by reigning WCC Player of the Year and No. 57 ranked singles competitor Bianca Dulgheru. Saint Mary's holds the best record in the WCC heading into the championship at 15-3. The Gaels are led by juniors Aude Lambert and Jessica Hoath, both all-conference selections in 2006. Also looking to make an impact in this season's conference championship is LMU, which is ranked No. 62 in the April 17 ITA listing. The Lions are led by No. 66 Pavla Mesterova, who has compiled a 17-3 record playing solely in the No. 1 singles spot this season, and Robyn Baker who is 12-8 in the No. 2 spot. The two have also paired up to go 11-4 at No. 1 doubles in 2007.
2007 MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDINGS
2. Santa Clara
3. San Diego
5. Saint Mary's
6. San Francisco
7. Loyola Marymount
2007 WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDINGS
2. Saint Mary's
3. Loyola Marymount
4. San Francisco
5. San Diego
7. Santa Clara
WCC TEAM NOTES
- Marco Pineda has compiled the best singles record for the Zags this season, going 12-3 at the No. 4 position and 16-8 overall. Pineda has also teamed with championships doubles partner Charles Adams to go 9-10 in doubles matches in 2007.
- Bryce Cooper and freshman Roman Dojcak have become a force at No. 3 doubles for the Bulldogs, combining to go 10-4 in that position and 13-7 overall in dual matches this year.
- The Zag women snapped a seven-match losing streak on April 5 with a 4-3 win over Eastern Washington. The Bulldogs' Kendall Bates clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-4 win at the No. 3 singles position.
- The victory over the Golden Eagles was also the fourth of the season for the women, topping their win total from last season.
Loyola Marymount Lions
- Nico Terrien returns to the WCC Championships as the Lions' only All-Conference performer. Terrien is 8-13 in the No.1 and No. 2 singles spots in 2007. The senior helped LMU to a sixth-place finish in 2006.
- Junior Jacek Twarowski has anchored the LMU lineup in 2007, posting a 10-11 record at three different positions this year.
- The LMU women boast the WCC March singles Player of the Month in No. 66 Pavla Mesterova. The sophomore is 17-3 in the No. 1 singles spot this year, and has paired with Robyn Baker to compile a 10-5 record at No. 1 doubles. The duo earned the February WCC Doubles Team of the month.
- Elrien DeVilliers has put together a solid freshman dual match season, going 11-9 in the bottom three singles positions, including a 4-0 record at the No. 6 spot.
- Pepperdine's men's and women's teams will look to continue their dominance at the WCC Championships. The men's squad is the defending NCAA champion and has won 37 WCC tennis titles. The women's team has won 18 titles in the 21 years of the WCC Championship.
- Andre Begemann is the No. 16 ranked singles player in the nation heading into the WCC Championships. The junior has compiled a 18-7 record at the No. 1 spot, including wins over then-No. 28 Christian Groh of San Diego State and then-No. 14 Stephen Bass of Notre Dame.
- The doubles tandem of Bianca Dulgheru and Sylvia Kosakowski have paired to become the No. 35 duo in the nation.
- The Pepperdine women are one of just two teams to have players ranked in the top 100 singles rankings in Kosakowski (45), Dulgheru (57), and Katia Sabate (106).
- Freshman Evan Schleining and Joel Kincaid have paired to compile a 14-3 record at No. 3 doubles for the Pilots.
- The Portland men finished out the season having won five of their last seven matches, including a 5-2 win over WCC opponent San Francisco.
- Junior Charlie Yemm has led the singles players for UP in 2007, posting a 10-8 record playing at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots.
- Johannesburg, South Africa natives Megan Sporndli and Jenna Tanzer have teamed up to go 10-8 at the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles spots this season.
- The Portland women have gone 2-2 against WCC opponents this season.
Saint Mary's Gaels
- The men's championship roster includes 2006 all-conference honorable mention Achim Christner who is 6-9 in singles matches this season. Christner helped the Gaels to a fifth-place finish last year.
- Senior Andre Sion has dominated opponents, going 13-3 in the No. 2 singles spot this season for the Gaels.
- The women's squad has put together one of the best season's in school history in 2007. After starting off with a school-record 10 straight victories, the Gaels have gone 15-3 this Spring.
- 2006 All-Conference singles and doubles players Aude Lambert and Jessica Hoath return for the Gaels to the 2007 WCC Championships.
- Sophomore Marah Calvo has lost just one singles match this season, going 17-1.
San Diego Toreros
- The San Diego men put together a five match winning streak to end March before dropping three straight matches, including a close 4-3 loss to No. 50 Stanford.
- WCC March Player of the Month Thomas Liversage is 12-7 in singles matches this spring, including eight straight wins at the end of March. The junior is the only returning all-conference selection for San Diego.
- Freshman Samantha Mouly is 10-6 at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles spots this season. Mouly has also paired with Helene Lindstrand to go 5-3 in doubles.
- The San Diego men are 9-4 this season at home and have the home court advantage for the 2007 WCC Championships as they play host. The Toreros are 0-7 away from the USD West Tennis Courts in 2007.
San Francisco Dons
- Senior Matthew Berry is a returning WCC all-conference selection from last year. Berry has dominated at the No. 1 singles spot, posting a 18-4 record.
- Thong Tu returns to the WCC Championships after earning an honorable mention selection in 2006. The sophomore is 15-7 at the No. 2, 3, and 4 spots this season.
- Asaf Cohen has had a quality freshman campaign going 15-7 in singles matches this year.
- Sophomore Mylene Martin is 14-3 at No. 3 singles and 17-4 overall in singles matches this season. Martin earned an honorable mention selection last year after helping the Dons to a fifth-place finish in 2006.
- The doubles of pair Martin and Camille Pamart are 10-10 playing at the No. 1 spot in 2007.
Santa Clara Broncos
- On the men's side, Santa Clara has compiled a 19-6 record heading into the final weekend of play.
- Jan Macek has played all but one match at the No. 1 singles spot, going 11-13 in the top position. Macek is the Broncos' only all-conference returner after helping them to a fourth-place finish in 2006.
- Jay Wong and Blane Shields have combined for 30 singles wins in 2007. Wong is 16-5 at the No. 3 spot, while Shields has lost just two singles matches this season.
- 2006 honorable mention selections Mayra Davoudi and Casey Knutson return for the women. Knutson is 9-8 in singles matches this year.
- Knutson and doubles partner Erika Barnes are 11-5 in 2007 at the No. 1 position.