SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The 2016 West Coast Conference Tennis Championship begins Thursday as 12 teams – six on the men’s side and six on the women’s – descend upon the Biszantz Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif., for the three-day championship.
San Diego’s men and Pepperdine’s women both finished with perfect regular seasons to repeat as champions, but at the WCC Championship, anyone can advance as the winner.
Competition begins at 10 a.m. Thursday with the men’s opening rounds followed by the women’s opening rounds at 1 p.m. The semifinals take place on Friday with the championships scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. for the men and 2 p.m. for the women.
WCC MEN’S TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Of the 52 WCC men’s tennis tournaments that have taken place, 48 have been won by either Pepperdine or San Diego. Since the tournament moved to its current dual match format in 1995, the Waves and Toreros have been the only two programs to lift the trophy, including San Diego who has won two consecutive titles. Under head coach Ryan Keckley, San Diego is once again the favorite to claim the title after going 9-0 in WCC play during the regular season, running their conference winning streak to 32 games dating back to 2013. A slew of teams are hoping to play spoiler in 2016, primarily a BYU team that went 7-2 in conference play this season en route to the No. 2 seed.
WCC WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Like the men’s tournament, the women’s side has seen a program dominate throughout its 30-year history with Pepperdine winning 25 titles since women’s tennis was sponsored in 1986. Since the tournament moved to its current dual match format in 1995, San Diego (2012), Saint Mary’s (2010) and Loyola Marymount (2002) have all won one tournament. The Waves, however, are once again the favorite to claim the title after going 9-0 in conference play. Gonzaga finished 6-3, its best finish in program history, finished second in the WCC and was one of just three conference programs to claim a point against the Waves this season – the others being LMU and a Portland team that claimed two points. However, neither the Lions or Pilots qualified for this week’s event, giving BYU the edge as an upset pick.
WCC CHAMPIONSHIP APP
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