April 20, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's men's and women's tennis teams will be in the Bay Area this weekend competing in the West Coast Conference Championship.
Saint Mary's College will host the men at the Korth Tennis Complex, with the women competing at the Degheri Tennis Center on the Santa Clara University campus beginning Friday.
The tournament will again be a dual-match format with the team seedings and first-round pairings to be announced late Thursday evening following the coaches meeting.
The Bulldog men and women will both be looking to improve on last year's eighth-place finish.
Gonzaga's young women's team doesn't have anybody competing in the WCC Championship older than a sophomore with four sophomores, two true freshmen and a redshirt freshman expected to be in the lineup when play begins Friday.
Emily Anderson has gone 10-11 at No. 1 singles this season, 11-15 in singles play overall and went 3-1 in head-to-head competition against WCC squads this spring. Anderson has won three of her last five singles matches. She's also expected to team with redshirt freshman Carrie Schofield at No. 2 doubles, the duo going 5-14 overall while splitting time between No. 1 and No. 2 doubles this season.
Also expected to be in the lineup Friday are sophomore Erin Humphrey at No. 2 singles, sophomore Sydney Lederhouse at No. 3, sophomore Erica Moldenhauer at No. 4, Schofield at No. 5 and freshman Courtney Lau at No. 6.
The women's doubles teams are expected to be Humphrey-Lederhouse at No. 1, Anderson-Schofield at No. 2 and freshman Katie Colton-Lau at No. 3.On the men's side, seniors Reid Arthur at No. 1 singles and Robert Penney at No. 6 will be in their final WCC Championship. Arthur went 6-18 overall at No. 1 singles, but won four of his final seven matches heading into the WCC Championship. Penney went 9-16 overall, but 6-3 in the No. 6 slot and won six of his last eight outings.
The men's doubles teams are expected to be Pineda-Womach at No. 1, Adams-Arthur at No. 2 and Fratt-Penney at No. 3.
The Pepperdine University men's team will be looking for its 16th straight WCC crown, having claimed each team title since 1991 and 36 WCC championships overall. On the women's side, the Waves will attempt to capture their fourth straight WCC title and their 18th conference crown in 19 years.