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Women's Opening Round Concludes At WCC Championships

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CLAREMONT, Calif. - In a thriller, the Santa Clara women's tennis team roared back from an early 2-0 deficit to bring down Brigham Young University by a score of 4-3 during its first match of the West Coast Conference Championships. The match came down to the very end, with Daniella Silva playing the role of clincher. With the contest knotted at 3-3, she dropped the first set 6-3 to Mayci Jones of the Cougars, but battled back with a 7-6(3) tiebreak win in the second set and a 6-4 victory in the third to close out the match and get a date with Pepperdine in the semifinals. The Broncos (13-9) will face No. 8-ranked and No. 1-seeded Pepperdine (19-2) tomorrow at 2 p.m.

M1: #4 Santa Clara def. #5 Brigham Young, 4-3
Doubles | Order of Finish 2,1

1. Silva/Farah (SCU) vs Jones/Eraso, unfinished
2. Poulson/Ware (BYU) def. Cooke/Clarke (SCU) 6-0
3. Nabieva/Beckham (BYU) def. El Tawil/Stephens (SCU) 6-0

Singles | Order of Finish 6,5,4,2,3,1
1. Daniella Silva (SCU) def. Mayci Jones (BYU) 6-3, 7-6 (3), 6-4
2. Nicolette Poulson (BYU) def. Madison Clarke (SCU) 5-7 (6), 6-3, 6-3
3. Chelby Cooke (SCU) def. Savannah Ware (BYU) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5)
4. Nabila Farah (SCU) def. Natella Nabieva (BYU) 6-3, 7-5
5. Zeina Tawil (SCU) def. Taylah Beckham (BYU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Brittanie Eraso (BYU) def. Elizabeth Stephens (SCU) 6-1, 6-2

In Match 2 on the women's side, Saint Mary's advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 win over Bay Area rivals San Francisco. The win was punctuated by singles play bookended by a pair of freshmen in Clementine Clemente and Emma Critser. Clemente won at No. 3 singles, 6-1-6-2, in the first Gaels singles victory while Critser clinched the victory with her 7-6, 2-6, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles.

M2: #3 Saint Mary's def. #6 San Francisco, 4-3
Doubles | Order of Finish 2,1,3
1. Ka/Taune (USF) def. Clemente/Critser (SMC) 6-0
2. McCord/Pawid (SMC) def. Borjeson/DeSantos (USF) 6-1
3. Kaur/Manji (SMC) def. McCloskey/Sharma (USF) 6-3

Singles | Order of Finish 3,6,1,4,5,2
1. Andrea Ka (USF) def. Jana McCord (SMC) 6-2, 7-6 (8)
2. Thyra Taune (USF) def. Jamie Pawid (SMC) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3)
3. Clementine Clemente (SMC) def. Gen McCloskey (USF) 6-1, 6-2
4. Shanna De Santos (USF) def. Kareena Manji (SMC) 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1
5. Emma Critser (SMC) def. Hannah Borjeson (USF) 7-6, 2-6, 6-1
6. Parminder Kaur (SMC) def. Alisha Sharma (USF) 6-1, 6-3