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Saint Mary's and Pepperdine Women's Tennis Fall in First Round of NCAA Regionals

May 14, 2010

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - In their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the No. 38-ranked Saint Mary's women's tennis team was defeated 4-1 by the No.-23 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, while the No. 43-ranked Pepperdine women's tennis team saw its season come to an end with a 4-1 loss to #31-ranked SMU.

The lone win for the Gaels came at No. 2 singles, when freshman Catherine Isip defeated No. 74 ranked Kelcy McKenna in straight sets, and sophomore Ali Walters tallied the lone point for the Waves with an impressive comeback win at No. 3 singles. Isip's victory was the first point in the history of the NCAA Tournament for the Gaels.

With the loss in the NCAA Tournament, the 2010 WCC Champion Saint Mary's tennis team finishes their historic season with a 17-7 overall record, while the Waves fall to 12-14. Pepperdine was making its 23rd consecutive NCAA postseason appearance (14th straight not including regionals), but was knocked out in the first round for the second straight year.

#23 Arizona State 4, #38 Saint Mary's (CA) 1

Doubles
1. Alex Poorta/Claire Soper (SMC) vs. Micaela Hein/Kelcy McKenna (ASU) 5-7, unfinished
2. Nadia Abdala/Michelle Brycki (ASU) def. Anna Chikhikvishvili/Catherine Isip (SMC) 8-2
3. Ashlee Brown/Sianna Simmons (ASU) def. Nienke Strijbis/Alita Fisher (SMC) 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 3

Singles
1. Alex Poorta (SMC) vs. #50 Micaela Hein (ASU) 3-6, 6-3, 2-1, unfinished
2. Catherine Isip (SMC) def. #74 Kelcy McKenna (ASU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Nadia Abdala (ASU) def. Anna Chikhikvishvili (SMC) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
4. #116 Hannah James (ASU) def. Claire Soper (SMC) 6-2, 6-4
5. Michelle Brycki (ASU) def. Nienke Strijbis (SMC) 6-0, 6-1
6. Molly Aloia (SMC) vs. Sianna Simmons (ASU) 2-6, 6-4, 0-0, unfinished
Order of finish: 5, 2, 4, 3

#31 SMU 4, #43 Pepperdine 1

Doubles
1) Marta Lesniak/Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) led #72 Anamika Bhargava/Marie Zalameda (PEP), 7-4, suspended
2) Edyta Cieplucha/Pavi Francis (SMU) def. Arianna Colffer/Ali Walters (PEP), 8-6
3) Shahzoda Hatamova/Katerina Vankova (SMU) def. Andrea Oates/Tania Rice (PEP), 8-1
Order of finish: 3, 2

Singles
1) #28 Marta Lesniak (SMU) def. Anamika Bhargava (PEP), 6-4, 7-5
2) Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) led #100 Arianna Colffer (PEP), 7-6 (5), 2-2, suspended
3) Ali Walters (PEP) def. Katerina Vankova (SMU), 2-6, 6-0, 6-1
4) Shahzoda Hatamova (SMU) led Andrea Oates (PEP), 6-3, 5-3, suspended
5) Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) def. Marie Zalameda (PEP), 6-4, 6-1
6) Pavi Francis (SMU) def. Tania Rice (PEP), 6-2, 7-5
Order of finish: 1, 5, 3, 6

Courtesy of SMC Sports Information and Pepperdine Sports Information