April 19, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The No. 41 nationally ranked Pepperdine women's tennis team claimed its 22nd WCC crown on Sunday after defeating Saint Mary's in the finals, 4-2. The 2009 title marks the seventh consecutive championship win for the Pepperdine women. They have won 22 of the 24 WCC championships since the beginning of the event.
The Waves (13-11) fought for the doubles-point after Erin Young/Marah Calvo (SMC) notched the first win over Tania Rice/Zlotka Petrova (PEP) 8-1, on court 3. Anamika Bhargava/Alex Liles (PEP) finished second with a 8-4 victory over Alex Poorta/Claire Soper (SMC) on court 1. Pepperdine's Andrea Oates/Alexandria Walters clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 win over Nienke Stribis/Anna Chikhikvishvili (SMC) on court 2.
The singles competition started out as a battle as the Gaels finished first with Young defeating Anne-Christine Voicu (PEP), 6-0, 6-0, on court 6. The team score was 1-1. Strijbis (SMC) followed suit with a 6-2, 6-2, straight set victory over Rice (PEP) on court 5, to give Saint Mary's a 2-1 lead. Oates (PEP) answered back by defeating Sabina Gunnarsson (SMC), 6-3, 6-2, on court 4. The score was tied 2-2. Liles (PEP) came through in a second set tie-breaker on court 3 to defeat Soper (SMC) 6-4, 7-6 (7) to give the Pepperdine the lead at 3-1. The Waves No. 1 Bhargava clinched the match with a three set win on court 1 over Poorta (SMC), 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
Sunday's victory gives the Waves an automatic seed in the first round of the NCAA's on May 8-9 at a location TBA.
WCC WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
NO. 1 PEPPERDINE - 4
NO. 3 SAINT MARY'S - 2
1. Bhargava/Liles, PEP def. Poorta/Soper, SMC - 8-4
2. Oates/Walters, PEP def. Strijbis/Chikhikvishvili, SMC - 8-6
3. Young/Calvo, SMC def. Rice/Petrova, PEP - 8-1
(order of finish: 3, 1, 2)
1. Bhargava, PEP def. Poorta, SMC - 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
2. Walters, PEP vs. Chikhikvishvili, SMC - DNF
3. Liles, PEP def. Soper, SMC - 6-4, 7-6 (7)
4. Oates, PEP def. Gunnarsson, SMC - 6-3, 6-2
5. Strijbis, SMC def. Rice, PEP - 6-2, 6-2
6. Young, SMC def. Voicu, PEP - 6-0, 6-0
(order of finish: 6, 5, 4, 3, 1)