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WCC Women's Tennis Championship Day 1 Recap

April 21, 2006

Pepperdine - 4
Gonzaga - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Opening the 2006 West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships, the No. 1-seed Pepperdine women's tennis team shut out eighth-seeded Gonzaga, 4-0, on Friday morning at the Degheri Tennis Center at Santa Clara, advancing to the semifinals.

No. 13 Pepperdine moved to 18-3 on the season, while the Bulldogs concluded their season with a 3-21 record. The Waves will face the winner of the No. 4-seed San Francisco and No. 5-seed Saint Mary's match on Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m.

Due to rain in the forecast, the WCC foes kicked of the conference tournament with singles. The Waves easily picked up four straight wins to clinch the match. At No. 2, junior Caroline Raba defeated Erin Humphrey 6-1, 6-1. Natalie Braverman recorded her 15th singles victory after the senior put away Sydney Lederhouse 6-1, 6-0 at court three. Registering her first win at No. 4, senior Merve Asimgil defeated Erica Moldenhauer 6-1, 6-0, while Lise Sissler blanked Carrie Schofield at court five, 6-0, 6-0.

Head Coach Gualberto Escudero was pleased to get his players back in action. "I know we've been out of matches for a while now, so it was nice to get started again and get a feel for the courts."

Singles
1. Kosakowski (PEP) vs. Anderson (GON), DNF
2. Raba (PEP) def. Humphrey (GON), 6-1, 6-1
3. Braverman (PEP) def. Lederhouse (GON), 6-1, 6-0
4. Asimgil (PEP) def. Moldenhauer (GON), 6-1, 6-0
5. Sissler (PEP) def. Schofield (GON), 6-0, 6-0
6. Dunlap (PEP) vs. Lau (GON), DNF

Doubles
1. Kosakowski/Asimgil (PEP) vs. Humphrey/Lederhouse (GON), DNC
2. Dulgheru/Dickes (PEP) vs. Anderson/Schofield (GON), DNC
3. Braverman/Raba (PEP) vs. Lau/Colton (GON), DNC

San Diego - 4
Portland - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's tennis team handed the Portland Pilots a 4-0 loss Friday afternoon on the campus of Santa Clara University in the first game of the 2006 West Coast Conference Championships. The Toreros were seeded second in the tournament with a final overall record of 9-6, while Portland came in as the seventh seed.

San Diego head coach Sherri Stephens was pleased with the outcome of the match, expressing, "I think we played well. We came out ready to play, ready to fight."

Singles were played first in lieu of doubles due to the fear of impending rain in Santa Clara. Senior Emma Murphy, currently ranked 43rd in the nation, turned in a dominant 6-0, 6-0 victory over Portland's Lindsey Griffin to continue her 12-match win streak. Jenny Brown defeated Jaclyn Soltysik by scores of 6-1 and 6-0 at the No. 2 spot while Lauren Perl turned in a 7-5, 6-3 win over Christina Feyen. Sophomore Helene Lindstrand, at the No. 4 spot, posted a solid 6-0, 6-1 win to clinch the victory for the Toreros.

With the win, San Diego advances to the semifinal round and will face either Loyola Marymount or Santa Clara Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

In other tournament action, the first seed Pepperdine defeated eighth-seeded Gonzaga 4-0 and will face San Francisco, who defeated St. Mary's 4-2, in Saturday's first semifinal match. For all the latest updates, results, and scores, check www.usdtoreros.com.

Singles
1. Emma Murphy (USD) def. Lindsey Griffin (POR), 6-0, 6-0
2. Jenny Brown (USD) def. Jaclyn Soltysik (POR), 6-1, 6-0
3. Lauren Perl (USD) def. Christina Feyen (POR), 7-5, 6-3
4. Helene Lindstrand (USD) def. Jenna Tanzer (POR), 6-0, 6-1
5. Zoe Taylor (USD) vs. Anna Gullikson (POR), DNF

Doubles
1. Murphy/Perl (USD) vs. Griffin/Kennel (POR), DNC
2. Brown/Lindstrand (USD) vs. Tanzer/Gullikson (POR), DNC
3. Reitz/Taylor (USD) vs. Feyen/Sammis (POR), DNC

Loyola Marymount - 4
Santa Clara - 1

Santa Clara, Calif. - Third-seeded Loyola Marymount women's tennis advanced to the West Coast Conference semifinals Friday with a 4-1 win over sixth-seeded host Santa Clara (6-12). The 67th-ranked Lions (11-13) will now face second seed and 56th-ranked San Diego in the semifinals Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in Santa Clara, Calif.

The Lions had to battle a tough Santa Clara team on the Broncos' home court.

"It is always a special situation when you are matched up with the home team and Santa Clara is always very competitive," LMU Head Coach Jamie Sanchez said. "We looked forward to it and we were fortunate enough to come out of it."

Due to the threat of rain in the San Jose area, the teams played only the singles portion of the match. Per WCC Championship guidelines, play continues only until the fourth decisive point is recorded.

The Lions went down 1-0 after Shawnell Russell fell at the No.6 spot.

But her fellow Lions came through, posting straight set wins at No.4, No.5, and No.2.

76th-ranked Pavla Mesterova clinched the LMU victory with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No.1.

The Lions will now meet up with 56th-ranked San Diego, a team that topped LMU in last year's WCC semifinals and edged the Lions 4-3 in March.

"What we have in mind is everything we've done up until this point, and how we want to prepare for the next match situation," Sanchez said. "We have to go one match at a time. Santa Clara was our first concern, and we needed to be focused for them. We were fortunate to win and advance to the next round. Our next opponent happens to be San Diego. It wouldn't matter if it was Pepperdine. We are ready to play. We are here to win a conference championship, and we can only have that one thought in our mind. It's going to be a battle."

The Lions and Toreros take to the courts at Santa Clara Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

Singles
1. #76 Pavla Mesterova (LMU) def. Leathers (SCU) 6-2, 6-4
2. Robyn Baker (LMU) def. Knutson (SCU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Patrycia Hubl (LMU) vs. Galainena (SCU) DNF
4. Maja Sundac (LMU) def. Daniel (SCU) 7-5, 6-0
5. Erin Ivey (LMU) def. Barnes (SCU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Davoudi (SCU) def. Shawnell Russell (LMU) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles - not contested
1. Mesterova/Baker (LMU) vs. Barnes/Galainena (SCU), DNC
2. Hubl/Ivey (LMU) vs. Davoudi/Leathers (SCU), DNC
3. Kos/Sundac (LMU) vs. Daniel/Knutson (SCU), DNC

Saint Mary's - 4
San Francisco - 2

Santa Clara, CA - The Saint Mary's women's tennis team defeated San Francisco 4-2 in the first round of the West Coast Conference tennis championships Friday afternoon in Santa Clara.

The Gaels were the No. 5 seed coming into the match and knocked off the No. 4 seeded Dons. Saint Mary's went 3-0 on the year against the Dons.

"Obviously it was a battle," Head Coach Lisa Alipaz said. "Both teams knew it was going to be a battle, start to finish. I'm really proud of my girls for showing so much heart. I don't think the match could have gotten any closer. It was a fantastic effort."

The Gaels will next face Pepperdine at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 at Santa Clara.

The match began with singles play and Saint Marys used victories by Aude Lambert, Kate Harden, Erin Young and Stef Ordeveza in order to pull out the victory.

With the Gaels up 3-2, Kate Harden pulled out a thrilling 7-5 victory to give the Gaels the win and avoid playing the doubles' point.

"It's definitely trickier, as both teams are used to playing doubles first, but I think both teams have to make the adjustments so I don't think it gave one side an advantage over another," Alipaz said.

Singles
1. Aude Lambert (SMC) def. Pamart (USF), 6-2, 6-2
2. Taylor (USF) def. Jessica Hoath (SMC), 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
3. Kate Harden (SMC) def. Fabiani (USF), 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
4. Erin Young (SMC) def. Sperry (USF), 7-5. 6-4
5. Martin (USF) def. Kristin Kummer (SMC), 6-2, 6-2
6. Stef Ordoveza (SMC) def. Oudomvilay (USF), 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

Doubles
1. Pamart/Macedo (USF) vs. Lambert/Hoath (SMC), DNC
2. Taylor/Sperry (USF) vs. Harden/Charlot (SMC), DNC
3. Martin/Oudomvilay (USF) vs. Ordoveza/Young (SMC), DNC