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Pepperdine Wins WCC Women's Tennis Championship

April 22, 2007

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's tennis team won its fifth straight West Coast Conference (WCC) title Sunday morning with a 4-0 victory over the Saint Mary's Gaels at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.

In the 21-year history of WCC tennis, Pepperdine has captured the conference crown on 19 occasions following today's victory. The Gaels placed second, the best finish in program history, while

Pepperdine won a hard-fought double's point after the No. 1 team of Sylvia Kosakowski and Bianca Dulgheru defeated Jessica Hoath and Aude Lambert, 8-1. Saint Mary's used a late rally on court No. 3 to tie the point at 1-1 after Marah Calvo and Stef Ordoveza bested Jillian Braverman and Katia Sabate, 8-6.

With the ever important double's point on the line, the No. 2 Gaels' team bounced back from a 5-1 deficit in the match to force a tie breaker. The tandem of Anete Bandere and Eva Dickes scored five of the first six points in the first-to-seven tiebreaker before staving off two separate match-point attempts en route to the 10-8 victory and a 1-0 lead in the match.

For there, it was all Pepperdine.

Dickes, Caroline Raba and Bandere all recorded straight-set victories over their respective opponents at courts 4-6 as Pepperdine earned the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA championships which start on May 11.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Pepperdine - 4
Saint Mary's - 0

Doubles: Pepperdine won the point (2-1)
Order of Finish (1, 3, 2)
Dulgheru/ Kosakowski (Pep) def. Hoath/Lambert (SMC) 8-1
Bandere/Dickes (Pep) def. N. Strijbis/F. Strijbis (SMC) 9-8 (10-8)
Calvo/Ordoveza (SMC) def. Braverman/Sabate (Pep) 8-6

Singles: Order of Finish (5, 4, 6)
Bianca Dulgheru (Pep) vs. Aude Lambert (SMC) DNF
Sylvia Kosakowski (Pep) vs. Jessica Hoath (SMC) DNF
Katia Sabate (Pep) vs. Femke Strijbis (SMC) DNF
Caroline Raba (Pep) def. Marah Calvo (SMC) 6-0, 6-4
Eva Dickes (Pep) def. Erin Young (SMC) 6-2, 6-2
Anete Bandere (Pep) def. Stef Ordoveza (SMC) 6-1, 6-4

THIRD PLACE MATCH
Due to rain, the final two matches of the day were suspended indefinitely. USD and LMU officially tie for third; Santa Clara and San Francisco officially tie for fifth. In the morning championship match at the WCC Championships, host Pepperdine defeated Saint Mary's, 4-0. In the 5th place match between Santa Clara and USF, the score was tied at 3-all when it was suspended. No. 6 Portland beat No. 8 Gonzaga by the score of 4-2 in the 7th place match. USD, which entered the WCC's as the No. 5 seed, beat No. 4 USF in the opener, 4-3, before falling to Pepperdine in the semis, 4-1.

FIFTH PLACE MATCH
San Francisco - 3
Santa Clara - 3

Camille Pamart, Jenny Sperry and Mylene Martin won singles matches for the Dons in the fifth place match at the 2007 West Coast Conference Championships Sunday in Malibu. The Dons and the Broncos were tied at 3-3 when the rains once again halted play for the final time as the two ancient Bay Area rivals settled for a share of fifth place.

SEVENTH PLACE MATCH
Portland - 4
Gonzaga - 2
Singles: Order of Finish (2, 3, 4, 5, 1, 6)

Emily Anderson (Gon) def. Christina Feyen (Por) 7-6, 6-3
Aglaya Kokurina (Gon) def. Megan Sporndli (Por) 6-1, 6-4
Lindsey Griffin (Por) def. Kendall Bates (Gon) 6-3, 6-4
Jenna Tanzer (Por) def. Sydney Lederhouse (Gon) 7-5, 6-3
Anna Gullickson (Por) def. Courtney Lau (Gon) 6-0, 7-5
Audree Jenks (Por) def. Carrie Schofield (Gon) 7-6, 6-2

Doubles: DNP (rain)