WCC Women's Tennis Notes



March 31, 2010

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Three WCC women's tennis teams are currently ranked in the nation's top 75--Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, and San Diego. However, Santa Clara and Gonzaga lead the WCC in win percentage as both teams own 11 wins on the season. Saint Mary's has dropped in the ITA rankings after losing three straight matches, while San Diego and San Francisco both hold 10-8 records. Highest nationally ranked WCC team Pepperdine is 5-11 this year, after facing tough competition all season, while Portland and Loyola Marymount round out the WCC standings.

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  • Gonzaga won its three matches against Portland (4-3), Portland State (7-0), and Montana (6-1). The Zags are currently on a four-match win streak, improving their record to 11-4 on the season.

  • The Bulldogs took two of the three doubles matches and five of the six singles matches against Montana. SO Kristina Zauere and SO Sophie Lantta won both their doubles and singles matches on the day.

  • Gonzaga swept Portland State by winning every singles and doubles match after edging out conference foe Portland 4-3. JR Clare Dodge clinched the match for the

  • Gonzaga will be back in action at home against Lewis-Clark State (4/3) and Seattle University (4/4 this week.
  • Loyola Marymount suffered a tough couple weeks with hard losses to Wyoming (7-0), Utah (7-0), and UC Santa Barbara (5-2). The Lions did pick up a 4-3 win against New Mexico State.

  • SO Elisaveta Pironkova and JR Melissa Valenzuela both won their singles matches against UCSB and New Mexico State. Pironkova split sets both times, while Valenzuela defeated her New Mexico State opponent in three sets and UCSB opponent in straight.

  • In the 4-3 victory over New Mexico State, four singles matches went to three sets. After taking the doubles point and being tied at three singles matches apiece, SR Bliss Nixon clinched the victory for the Lions with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win at the No. 5 position.

  • Loyola Marymount has two matches scheduled this week. The Lions will take on conference opponent Saint Mary's (3/31) and Arizona (4/3).
  • Pepperdine dropped two matches against ranked Pac-10 opponents Stanford and California. With the losses, the Waves have lost a total of six of their last seven matches.

  • JR Anamika Bhargava defeated No. 40-ranked Lindsay Burdette at the No. 2 singles spot (6-2, 7-5) for her best singles win of the season. However, the rest of the team could not pull out a victory, forcing a 6-1 decision to then-ranked No. 12 Stanford.

  • The Pepperdine doubles team of SR Tania Rice and SO Andrea Oates earned a victory, but California captured a 7-0 victory over the Waves.

  • The Waves will stay at home for the rest of the season with its only match this week against conference rival Saint Mary's (4/3). Saint Mary's was tied in the preseason poll with Pepperdine to finish first in the WCC.
  • Portland split its matches with a close 4-3 loss to Gonzaga and a sweep over Montana State. The Pilots have yet to win a conferene matchup.

  • Against Northwest conference rival Gonzaga, Portland lost the doubles point and was again forced to default its No. 6 singles match. Down 2-0, the Pilots fought hard and picked up three singles wins at the No. 1, 2, and 4 spots. However, they could not find one more, dropping its closest conference match this season.

  • The Pilots did not allow Montana State a single point, securing the doubles point and every singles match down the line over the Grizzlies.

  • Portland hopes to pick up wins against UC Davis (4/2) and Pacific (4/3) during its visit to Northern California this week.
  • Saint Mary's dropped two tough matches to ranked opponents Harvard and Southern Methodist. The Gaels are now 8-6 on the season.

  • The Gaels were swept by No. 27 Southern Methodist but put up a tough fight in doubles. The pair of SO Anna Chikhikvishvili and FR Catherine Isip dropped their match on court one (8-6), while JR Claire Soper and JR Alex Poorta were topped at the No. 2 spot (8-6).

  • Saint Mary's were unable to convert a number of match points, dropping four singles matches against Harvard. The Gaels started singles with a 1-0 lead over Harvard after the No. 3 pair of SR Alita Fisher and SR Nienke Strijbis secured the doubles point. The pair is now 8-2 in doubles play.

  • The Gaels look to bounce back with a busy week ahead in Southern California. They take on Loyola Marymount (3/31), UC Irvine (4/1), and Pepperdine (4/3).
  • San Diego had a busy week, playing five non-conference matches, two of which were on the road. The Toreros won three and dropped two matches, bringing their overall record to 10-8 on the season.

  • San Diego won their last three matches at home, beating Washington State (4-3), Marshall (5-2), and Nevada-Reno (5-2). In the match versus Nevada-Reno, SO Marite Raygada earned her eighth straight singles victory to help the Toreros eclipse the double-digit win mark and serve as Coach Sherri Stephen's 301st career victory.

  • The Toreros' two losses came at Idaho against Boise State (4-3) and Denver (4-3). Losing the all-important doubles point made the difference in both matches.

  • The Toreros will be on the road for their last two matches of the season, competing against UC Irvine (4/9) and Saint Mary's (4/10).
  • San Francisco won both of its matches at home, beating Marquette (4-3) and Northern Iowa (5-2). With the wins, the Dons have improved their record to 10-8.

  • San Francisco won the doubles point and won at the No. 1, 2, 5, and 6 singles spots. No. 65-ranked Jenni Heinser won her 14th match of the year, sweeping her opponent 6-0, 6-0 at the No.1 singles position.

  • The Dons defeated Marquette without its top player Heinser in the singles lineup. JR Cecilia Gratian stepped up into Heinser's No. 1 singles spot and tallied wins in both singles and doubles that day. As a team, the Dons won the doubles point, while two of the three singles victories were won in split sets.

  • The Dons return to action this week against Cal State Northridge (4/4).
  • Santa Clara won both its matches on the week against Marquette (4-3) and UC Riverside (7-0). The Broncos are now on a six-match win streak and earned only its second ITA ranking in school history last week when they appeared in the national team rankings at No. 74.

  • Santa Clara and UC Riverside starting with singles instead of doubles, but the change did not affect the Broncos, as they swept the Highlanders and took five singles matches in two sets.

  • In the match versus Marquette, the Broncos pulled out the doubles point but lost three straight singles matches to go down 1-3. However, FR Kelly Lamble and FR Jessica Agra fought back to even the score. SO Kacie Wagner then outlasted her opponent at the No. 3 spot (7-5, 5-7, 7-5) to clinch the match.

  • Santa Clara will host non-conference teams Utah State (4/1) and Idaho (4/2) this week.

    Four Women's Tennis Teams Ranked by ITA
    On March 23, 2010, the West Coast Conference had four teams--Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, Santa Clara and San Diego--ranked in the nation's top 75. After not being ranked all year, Santa Clara and San Diego appeared in the No. 74 and 75 spots, respectively, after successful weeks in non-conference play. This was only the second time in school history that Santa Clara women's tennis has ever been ranked by the ITA. Pepperdine and Saint Mary's continue to be ranked this season as Pepperdine fell one spot to No. 51, while Saint Mary's fell from No. 55 to No. 60 after a tough 4-3 loss to San Diego State.

    WCC Championships Returns to Barnes Tennis Center
    The 2010 WCC Tennis Championships will be held at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, CA for the second straight year. The event will be a dual event for the WCC men's and women's teams and will take place on April 23-25. Information surrounding the Championships, including match schedules, directions to the tournament site, and fan rates at nearby hotels will be available on the WCC's official website at WCCsports.com.

    Returning 2009 All-Conference Singles Players

    First Team
    Alex Poorta, SMC
    Anamika Bhargava, PEP
    Anna Chkhikvishvili, SMC
    Jennifer Heinser, USF
    Juliette Coupez, USD

    Second Team
    Ali Walters, PEP
    Kristina Zauere, GON
    Lacey Pflibsen, POR

    Honorable Mention
    Andrea Oates, PEP
    Claire Soper, SMC
    Elisaveta Pironkova, LMU
    Jasmin Heckel, LMU
    Kacie Wagner, SCU
    Maria Raygada, USD
    Megan Sporndli, POR
    Rika Mehndiratta, GON

    Pepperdine & Saint Mary's Top Preseason Poll
    The Pepperdine and Saint Mary's women's tennis teams were both chosen to win this year's West Coast Conference title, splitting the first place votes equally by the head coaches in the conference.

    2010 WCC Preseason Poll - TEAM
    1. Pepperdine - 46 (4)
    1. Saint Mary's - 46 (4)
    3. San Diego - 37
    4. Loyola Marymount - 28
    5. San Francisco - 27
    6. Santa Clara - 17
    7. Portland - 14
    8. Gonzaga - 9
    (First place votes)

    2010 Preseason All-Conference Singles Selections
    Jenni Heinser, USF - 2008 & 2009 WCC Player of the Year
    Alex Poorta, SMC
    Juliette Coupez, USD
    Anamika Bhargava, PEP
    Alexandria Walters, PEP
    Anna Chikhikvishvili, SMC

    About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
    Long recognized as one of the best-organized collegiate sports associations, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is a non-profit service organization, which serves as the governing body of collegiate tennis in the United States. Administering a comprehensive calendar of tournaments and events and a far-reaching awards program, the goal of the ITA is to improve the level of intercollegiate tennis competition and the quality of college tennis coaching.

    Comprised of nearly 1,500 men's and women's coaches representing over 1,200 institutions across the country from all three NCAA Divisions, as well as the NAIA and Junior and Community Colleges, the ITA oversees activities involving over 15,000 varsity college student-athletes. In addition to ITA collegiate coach (and team) members, the ITA also welcomes collegiate parents, junior players and parents, alumni, corporate, federation, high school coach, and associate membership.

    To learn more about the ITA, please visit www.itatennis.com.




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