April 22, 2006
Pepperdine - 4
Saint Mary's - 1
Malibu, Calif. - The No. 1-seed Pepperdine women's tennis team defeated fifth-seeded Saint Mary's, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Degheri Tennis Center on the Santa Clara campus, advancing to the final match of the West Coast Conference Championships. Seeking its fourth consecutive conference title, the Waves (19-3) will face third-seeded Loyola Marymount on Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m.
The Lions (12-13) upset No. 2-seed San Diego in the semifinals, advancing them to the title match for the first time since 2002. That year, LMU defeated No. 1 seed Pepperdine, 4-2, in the final match to claim its first conference title.
The Waves got off to a tough start as the Gaels won the doubles point. At the No. 1 doubles match, Aude Lambert and Jessica Hoath defeated the No. 20 Wave duo of Merve Asimgil and Sylvia Kosakowski 8-4. On court three, Stef Ordoveza and Erin Young defeated Lise Sissler and Vanessa Dunlap 8-1. Natalie Braverman and Caroline Raba continued their winning ways in doubles with an 8-2 victory over Kate Harden and Feline Charlot.
Pepperdine got back on track in singles recording four straight victories to clinch the match. Defeating Lambert for the second time this season, No. 24 Bianca Dulgheru won 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 1 position. Raba and Braverman each picked up their second win of the conference championships. At No. 2 Raba put away Hoath 6-1, 6-3 and at No. 3 Braverman defeated Harden 6-2. 6-0. No. 90 Eva Dickes recorded a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4, stunning Erin Young.
The Waves tackle LMU for the second time this season. On March 22, Pepperdine shut out the Lions 7-0 at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif.
Loyola Marymount - 4
San Diego - 2
Santa Clara, Calif. - Loyola Marymount will play for its second West Coast Conference title in five years Sunday when the 67th-ranked Lions battle 13th-ranked Pepperdine in the WCC Finals at 3:00 p.m. at Santa Clara University. LMU (10-13) earned its way to the finals with a 4-2 win over 56th-ranked San Diego Saturday.
The 67th-ranked Lions avenged a regular season loss to San Diego with a 4-2 thriller in the WCC Semifinals Saturday.
LMU took a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point. The Lions got wins at the No.1 spot when Pavla Mesterova and Robyn Baker topped USD's 44th-ranked duo of Murphy/Perl 8-5, and at the No.3 spot when Sladjana Kos and Maja Sundac defeated Reitz/Taylor 9-7. USD had taken a 7-6 lead in the No.3 match, but Kos and Sundac battled back for the 9-7 win.
"Winning the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead was huge for two reasons," LMU Head Coach Jamie Sanchez said. "First, we beat a ranked doubles team at the No.1 spot and second, we had Sladjana Kos in the lineup when she had not played on Friday. Having her back gave us the momentum we needed to clinch that doubles point with her and Maja's big win at No.3."
Erin Ivey and Sundac put the Lions up 3-0 with straight set wins at No.6 and No.5 singles respectively. For Ivey, the win avenged her singles loss to Sophia Vogt, who had defeated her in the dual action in late March.
"As a team, we have been talking about showing up ready to play," Sanchez said. "Erin Ivey came ready to play. It is especially significant for Ivey because she had a phenomenal season last year and then was not available at the 2005 WCC Championships due to illness. This season, she has had mixed results, but now here she is, 2-0 at the championships."
"And Maja did what Maja does," Sanchez continued, "and that's come through."
"I think San Diego was a little shocked to be down 3-0," Sanchez said, "but they were still rearing to go."
The Toreros then posted two singles win to keep things close at 3-2.
Junior Robyn Baker clinched the win for LMU with a win at No.2.
"One of the keys to today's match was our focus, no matter what the score is," Sanchez said. "The way the facility is set up, the players never know the score on the other courts, only that their teammates are still fighting. So they just kept their focus and did what they needed to do."
LMU last appeared in the WCC Finals in 2002, when the Lions topped Pepperdine to win their first conference crown. That WCC Championship was also hosted by Santa Clara.
The Lions and Waves will play for the title Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Loyola Marymount 4, San Diego 2
1. Pavla Mesterova (LMU) vs. Emma Murphy (USD), DNF
2. Robyn Baker (LMU) def. Jennifer Brown (USD), 7-6 (2), 6-1
3. Lauren Perl (USD) def. Sladjana Kos (LMU), 6-4, 6-1
4. Helene Lindstrand (USD) def. Patrycia Hubl (LMU), 6-4, 6-0
5. Maja Sundac (LMU) def. Zoe Taylor (USD), 6-1, 6-0
6. Erin Ivey (LMU) def. Sophia Vogt (USD), 6-1, 6-1
1. Mesterova/Baker (LMU) def. Murphy/Perl (USD), 8-5
2. Brown/Lindstrand (USD) def. Hubl/Ivey (LMU), 8-3
3. Kos/Sundac (LMU) def. Reitz/Taylor (USD), 9-7
Portland - 4
Santa Clara - 1
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The University of Portland's women's tennis team came up with a huge victory at the 2006 West Coast Conference Tennis Championships on Saturday afternoon, defeating Santa Clara by a score of 4-1.
Seeded No. 7 in the eight-team tournament, the Pilots took the doubles point and then used singles wins from senior Jaclyn Soltysik (pictured) and freshmen Jenna Tanzer and Anna Gullickson to clinch the dual.
In doubles, Lindsey Griffin and Katie Kennel won their second consecutive match in the No. 1 position, defeating a Bronco tandem by an 8-2 score. Playing together for the first time since March of 2005, Christina Feyen and Cristin Sammis recorded an 8-3 win in the No. 3 position to secure the doubles point for the Pilots.
Portland then carried the momentum of the doubles point into singles. Griffin lost 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 1 position to Santa Clara's Casey Knutson, but the Pilots rallied with straight-set victories in the No. 2, 4, and 6 positions to earn the victory. With the dual decided in the Pilots' favor, Feyen and Kennel both left their matches unfinished.
The win pushes the Pilots into the consolation final on Sunday, where they will match up with San Francisco (12-7), the tournament's No. 4 seed. The match will begin at 11:00 a.m. The two teams have already met once this season, with the Dons claiming a 7-0 neutral-site victory back on March 18.
Portland's overall record improves to 5-16-1 with the win, while Santa Clara drops to 6-13 on the season.
San Francisco - 4
Gonzaga - 0
The USF women won the doubles point and then swept at four, five and six singles to clinch a 4-0 West Coast Conference Championships Saturday morning at Santa Clara.
After the teams of Emma Taylor/Jenny Sperry (8-5) and Mylene Martin/Sarah Ousomvilay (8-3) won to clinch the doubles point, USF got straight set wins by Sperry, Martin and Oudomvilay to defeat the Bulldogs.
USF will play for fifth place at 11:00 p.m. Sunday vs. either Santa Clara or Portland. Match time subject to change with weather conditions.
Match E - San Francisco 4, Gonzaga 0
1. Emily Anderson (GON) vs. Camille Pamart (USF), DNF
2. Erin Humphrey (GON) vs. Emma Taylor (USF), DNF
3. Sydney Lederhouse (GON) vs. Cassy Fabiani (USF), DNF
4. Jenny Sperry (USF) def. Erica Moldenhauer (GON), 6-0, 6-1
5. Mylene Martin (USF) def. Carrie Schofield (GON), 6-0, 6-0
6. Sarah Oudomvilay (USF) def. Courtney Lau (GON), 6-0, 6-1
1. Humphrey/Lederhouse (GON) def. Pamart/Macedo (USF), 8-3
2. Taylor/Sperry (USF) def. Anderson/Schofield (GON), 8-5
3. Martin/Oudomvilay (USF) def. Lau/Kendall Bates (GON), 8-3