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2009 WCC Men's and Women's Tennis Championship Preview


 

 
 

April 16, 2009

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WCC TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

The 2009 WCC Men's and Women's Tennis Championships will take place this Friday-Sunday, April 17-19, at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, CA. Both men's and women's teams from all eight schools are scheduled to participate.

For All-Access Coverage of the Tennis Championships, make sure to tune in to the WCC's Live TWITTER Blog and the WCC's Tennis Tournament Central, which will feature live video recaps of the tournament done by the WCC's very own WCCTV Student Media Crew. WCCTV will cover all sixteen teams throughout the duration of the tournament with morning previews, afternoon updates, and evening wrap-ups.

Barnes Tennis Center
4490 W Point Loma Blvd | San Diego, CA | 92107
Admission: FREE!

WCC Men's Bracket & Seedings

WCC Women's Bracket & Seedings

AROUND THE WCC

Men's Tennis Singles Co-Players of the Month
Bassam Beidas, Pepperdine University & Dean Jackson, University of San Diego

Junior Bassam Beidas went 6-2 at the No. 1 singles position for Pepperdine, helping lead his team to a 5-3 record for the month of March. Beidas is currently ranked No. 27 in the nation, moving up 17 spots from the previous month after wins over three top-50 opponents from Washington, Florida State and Rice.

San Diego sophomore Dean Jackson also went 6-2 for the month at No. 1 singles. He earned three wins over ranked players, and his two losses came on the road in three-set decisions to top-five ranked players from Oklahoma State and Tulsa. Jackson improved his previous No. 115 ranking to No. 56 after March's results and has also helped keep San Diego in the national rankings at No. 75.

Men's Tennis Doubles Team of the Month
Omar Altmann & Bassam Beidas, Pepperdine University

The pair of junior Bassam Beidas and senior Omar Altmann posted an impressive 7-1 record for the month of March at the No. 1 doubles spot. With wins over the No. 6, No. 8 and No. 15 ranked doubles teams in the country, the Pepperdine pair stands at No. 14. Their only loss of the month came to Fresno State in a close 8-5 match.

Women's Tennis Singles Player of the Month
Jenni Lee-Heinser, University of San Francisco

Sophomore Jenni Lee-Heinser from San Francisco posted a 7-2 record during the month at the No. 1 singles spot. With a big win at the USD Invitational over the No. 7 ranked player in the country from Furman, Heinser improved her own ranking for the month to No. 60. She also led her team to its first team victory over a ranked opponent this season, then ranked No. 49 UC Irvine, with convincing wins in both singles and doubles play.

Women's Tennis Doubles Team of the Month
Anamika Bhargava & Alex Liles, Pepperdine University

The Pepperdine duo of senior Alex Liles and sophomore Anamika Bhargava moved from the No. 2 doubles position to the No. 1 spot and recorded a 5-2 month at their new position. The pair's only losses came to the No. 1 team in the country from Fresno State and the No. 12 pairing from USC.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES
  • The Gonzaga men's tennis team finished seventh in last year's WCC Championships. The Bulldogs lost to San Francisco and Portland in the first and second round, then came back to beat Santa Clara in the consolation bracket.

  • 2008 honorable mentions, junior Roman Dojcak and senior Stefan Feddersen, return this year, looking to improve on last season's finish. The Bulldogs have three more matches before the start of this year's WCC tournament.

  • The Gonzaga women's team landed in seventh place as well in last year's WCC Championships.

  • 2008 all-conference second team selection senior Aglaya Kokurina will be returning for her last season with Gonzaga at the No. 1 spot. She will be joined by freshman Kristina Zauere, who has posted an impressive 13-5 record at the No. 2, 3 and 4 singles positions.mdodson@lmu.edu
  • The Loyola Marymount men's team fell to San Francisco in the first round of last year's WCC Championships, but went ahead to defeat Santa Clara and Portland in the consolation bracket.

  • The Lions look to improve on their fifth place finish with help from all-conference second team selection sophomore Ivan Lopez. Lopez has accumulated a 6-9 record at No. 1 singles.

  • The Loyola Marymount women finished in fifth place at last year's championships after being defeated by San Francisco and overcoming Santa Clara and Portland.

  • Freshman Elisaveta Pironkova will be looked to lead the team this year, along with senior teammate and 2008 all-conference honorable mention Tina Razloznik. Pironkova has had a stellar start to her tennis career with Loyola Marymount, posting a 7-1 record at the No. 4 singles spot and 13-5 overall.
  • Pepperdine's No. 17 men's and No. 45 women's teams will look to continue their dominance at the WCC Championships. The men's squad has won 39 WCC tennis titles, while the women's team has won 20 titles in the 22 years of the WCC Championship.

  • March's WCC Men's Singles Player of the Month, No. 32-ranked junior Bassam Beidas, returns for the Waves this year, posting a 12-7 record at the No. 1 position and 14-7 overall. Beidas and his doubles partner, No. 43-ranked senior Omar Altmann, also make up the No.10 nationally-ranked pairing that has gone 20-2 for Pepperdine this season.

  • The Pepperdine women's team returns 2008 all-conference first team member, sophomore Anamika Bhargava and honorable mention junior Jill Braverman, who has posted an impressive 8-2 record this season despite injury.

  • Other strong Waves to look out for are senior Alex Liles and freshman Andrea Oates, who boast 13-5 and 14-4 records, respectively. The pair of Bhargava/Liles were also named last March's WCC Women's Doubles Team of the Month.
  • The Portland men's team ended last year's WCC Championships in sixth place, losing to Loyola Marymount in the final round of the consolation bracket.

  • The Pilots return 2008 all-conference first team selection junior Filip Zivkovic and honorable mention senior Joel Kincaid. Zivkovic stepped in at the No. 1 singles position, while Kincaid was out due to injury and posted a solid 10-7 record. He also posted a team-high 14-5 doubles record with junior teammate Evan Schleining.

  • The Portland women finished eighth last year after losing to Gonzaga in a tight 4-3 match at the WCC Championships. The Pilots look to improve on that finish this season with help from sophomores Lacey Pflibsen and Stefanie Doolittle, who have led the Pilots with 9-6 and 8-7 records, respectively, and 2008 all-conference second team selection, junior Megan Sporndli.
  • The Saint Mary's men's team finished second at the 2008 WCC Championships. The Gaels will look to returning 2008 all-conference second team selection sophomore Lucas Tirelli and junior Andrea Zannoni, who have earned 7-11 and 12-8 records, respectively.

  • The Saint Mary's women's team looks to improve on its best finish of second place at last year's WCC Championships. Featuring a young roster this season with three freshmen and two sophomores, the young additions have already proven their worth with freshmen Anna Chikhikvishvili putting together a 7-6 record at the No. 2 singles spot and Sabina Gunnarsson going 9-2 at the No. 4 singles position.

  • The Gaels also return 2008 all-conference selections, sophomores Claire Soper (first team) and Alexandra Poorta (second team). Poorta, the Gaels' No. 1 singles player, is currently ranked No. 66 in the nation.
  • The No. 74 San Diego men's tennis team looks to surpass its third place finish at last year's WCC tournament. The Toreros beat Gonzaga in the first round and lost to Saint Mary's in the second. In the final round, San Diego defeated San Francisco in a tough 4-3 battle.

  • The Toreros have been led this season by 2008 Freshman of the Year Dean Jackson, who is currently ranked No. 56 in the nation. Jackson has gone 12-4 at the No. 1 singles spot with two of his four losses coming in three-set decisions to top-five ranked opponents.

  • The No. 54 Torero women's squad hopes to improve on last year's third place finish at the 2008 WCC Championships.

  • This season, the team has been led by senior Tammy Kevey, who went on a seven match win streak, and freshman Maria Raygada, who has posted a solid 7-1 record at No. 5 and remains undefeated (9-0) at No. 6. Kevey has played most of the season at the No. 4 spot and is currently ranked No. 121 in the nation.
  • The San Francisco men's squad placed fourth in the 2008 WCC Championships after being edged by San Diego in a 4-3 heartbreaker.

  • Senior Tommy Tu returns to the WCC tournament after earning a spot on last year's all-conference second team. Tu is 10-5 at the No. 1 spot this season and currently ranked No. 103 in the nation. Tu also paired up with 2007 all-conference honorable mention, junior Asaf Cohen, to post an 8-2 record at the No. 1 doubles position.

  • Like their male counterparts, the San Francisco women also finished fourth in last year's WCC tournament after being edged by San Diego in a close 4-3 match.

  • The Dons return 2008 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, No. 60-ranked Jennifer-Lee Heinser, who has gone 13-3 this season at the No. 1 singles spot. Also playing well for the Dis senior Mylene Martin (9-6 at No. 2 singles), a 2008 all-conference second team selection.
  • The Santa Clara men's team ended last year in eighth place. The Broncos look to improve on that finish at this year's WCC Championships with the return of 2008 all-conference second team member, junior Jay Wong, and new addition, freshman Kyle Dandan. Wong and Dandan went 7-1 at the No. 1 and 2 singles positions, respectively.

  • The Santa Clara women finished sixth in the 2008 WCC tournament. The team returns two of last year's all-conference honorable mentions, redshirt senior Myra Davoudi and sophomore Carmen Pham.

  • The Broncos are led by sophomore Ashley Pane, who holds a convincing 9-1 record at the No. 5 singles spot. The pair of freshmen Kimmi Cox and Kacie Wagner will be looked to for their strong doubles play, as they have gone 9-1 in doubles at the No. 3 spot this season.

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