June 18, 2010
|WCC WOMEN'S TENNIS: 2009-10 SEASON RECAP|
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- The 2009-10 WCC women's tennis season was filled with many surprises, as underdogs rose and new champions were crowned. The 2010 WCC Championships proved to be a historic one with Saint Mary's winning its first-ever WCC title in program history, outplaying Pepperdine, a team that was expected to take home its 23rd WCC title. This was the fourth time that the Gaels and Waves were paired up against one another in the Championship match, and it was Saint Mary's that took home the title this year, winning by a score of 4-1.
The Gaels came out strong, taking the doubles point to go up 1-0, and followed the win with three singles victories for a 4-1 win and an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Despite not being able to continue their dominant streak at this year's conference tournament, the Waves were still offered an invitation to the NCAA Championships. Both Saint Mary's and Pepperdine lost in the first round.
Saint Mary's also nabbed the WCC Freshman of the Year and WCC Coach of the Year honors. Isip, who played primarily at the No. 2 spot for the Gaels, put together a 15-13 overall record in her first collegiate year and tallied wins over seven nationally -ranked opponents. Coach Alipaz's award was her fifth time earning the Coach of the Year honor.
Third-place San Diego was the only other WCC team to join Saint Mary's and Pepperdine in the final ITA rankings. Landing in No. 67, the Toreros put together a 13-12 overall record with a tough schedule that matched them up against various ranked opponents, including UNLV, Boise State, and UC Irvine.
Santa Clara also emerged as one of the strongest teams in the WCC this season. A young team of four freshmen and three sophomores, the Broncos ended the season with a 14-7 overall record and a fourth place finish at the WCC Championships, the best finish the team has had since 2004. The Broncos were also ranked in late March (No. 74), which was only the second time a Santa Clara women's tennis team had been ranked in program history.
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