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Women's Tennis Garners Eight Conference Award

April 27, 2007

San Bruno, CA - The West Coast Conference announced its conference honors for women's tennis earlier today. Saint Mary's made quite an impact as they received eight honors. Among the highlights, Head Coach Lisa Alipaz was named WCC Coach of the Year while Aude Lambert earned her third straight First Team honor.

Lisa Alipaz coached the Gaels to a 17-4 overall record, the best in program history. Her team finished second in the conference, another best for the women's tennis program. This marks the second time that Alipaz has been named coach of the year. She took home the award after the 2005 season as well.

"We had a great year as a team" said Alipaz of her team's eight honors. "I am very happy for the team as a whole. This team showed unity, drive and compassion. I believe that our success as individuals stems from us being so close as a team. This is the most fun I have had as a coach."

Senior Aude Lambert earned her third straight All-WCC First Team spot and her fourth straight all-conference honor. Lambert finished 14-4 from the No. 1 singles spot. She was named the WCC Player of the Month earlier this season.

Marah Calvo, Jessica Hoath and Femke Strijbis were all named to the All-WCC Second Team. Calvo finished the season with an 18-2 record. At one point this season she boasted a 15 match winning streak. Strijbis, just a freshman, finished the season with a 12-6 record en route to earning conference honors. One of her biggest wins this season was her first collegiate match when she topped the No. 14 ranked player in the country.

Hoath earned her second straight conference accolade after posting an 11-5 record from the No. 2 spot.

Nienke Strijbis was named to the Honorable Mention Team.

Aude Lambert and Jessica Hoath earned their third straight all conference doubles accolade today as they were named to the All-WCC Doubles First Team for the second time. The two boasted an 8-6 record with six conference wins. Their biggest win of the season came when the two defeated the No. 19 ranked doubles team in the nation.

Femke Strijbis and Nienke Strijbis were named to the All-WCC Second Doubles Team. The twin sisters won their first eight straight collegiate doubles matches to start the season. They were named the WCC Doubles Team of the Month earlier this season and spent time as a nationally ranked pair.

2007 All-West Coast ConferencePlayer of the Year: Pavla Mesterova, Loyola MarymountFreshman of the Year: Samantha Mouly, San DiegoCoach of the Year: Lisa Alipaz, Saint Mary's

2007 Women's Singles All-Conference Team

First TeamBianca Dulgheru, PepperdineSylvia Kosakowski, Pepperdine Aude Lambert, Saint Mary'sPavla Mesterova, Loyola MarymountSamantha Mouly, San DiegoKatia Sabate, Pepperdine

Second TeamRobyn Baker, Loyola Marymount Marah Calvo, Saint Mary'sJessica Hoath, Saint Mary'sCasey Knutson, Santa ClaraCaroline Raba, Pepperdine Femke Strijbis, Saint Mary's

Honorable MentionEmily Anderson, GON; Aglaya Kokurina, GON; Elrien de Villiers, LMU; Eva Dickes, PEP; Nienke Strijbis, SMC; Mylene Martin, USF; Camille Pamart, USF; Kim Daniel, SCU

2007 Women's Doubles All-Conference Team

First TeamRobyn Baker & Pavla Mesterova, Loyola MarymountBianca Dulgheru & Sylvia Kosakowski, Pepperdine Aude Lambert & Jessica Hoath, Saint Mary's

Second TeamAnete Bandere & Eva Dickes, Pepperdine Femke Strijbis & Nienke Strijbis, Saint Mary'sErika Barnes & Casey Knutson, Santa Clara

Honorable MentionSerena Fermin & Tamara Tanner, LMU; Jillian Braverman & Katia Sabate, PEP; Camille Pamart & Mylene Martin, USF