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Apr 11-The top four seeds each won first round matches Friday at the West Coast Conference Championships hosted by Pepperdine at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu


 

 
 
Pictured: LMU's Penka Fileva picked up a win at the #2 singles spot to help the Lions down Saint Mary's 5-2

Apr 11-The top four seeds each won first round matches Friday at the West Coast Conference Championships hosted by Pepperdine at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu.

Top-seed Pepperdine, ranked No. 50 nationally, improved to 9-13 as the Waves defeated No. 8 Gonzaga by a final score of 6-1.

Pepperdine will face No. 4 Santa Clara in a semifinal round match on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The Broncos improved to 10-9 overall as they defeated Bay Area rival and No. 5 San Francisco by a 6-1 count.

The other semifinal match on Saturday will feature No. 57 Loyola Marymount, the defending league champion, against No. 69 San Diego beginning at 3 p.m. The No. 2 seed Lions defeated No. 7 Saint Mary's by a final score of 7-2 to improve to 11-8. Meanwhile, No. 3 San Diego downed No. 6 Portland by a 7-0 count and are now 7-9 overall.

San Francisco will face Gonzaga in the first consolation semifinal on Saturday at 9:00 am, while Portland and Saint Mary??s will take the court in the second consolation semifinal at 11:00 am.

The tournament runs through Sunday, with the winner earning the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.

Friday, April 11 - First Round Results

No. 1 seed Pepperdine (6) def. No. 8 seed Gonzaga (1)

SINGLES
Charlotte Vernaz (P) d. Jamie Buterbaugh; 6-0, 6-4
Merve Asimgil (P) d. Kendall Bates; 6-0, 6-1
Karin Schlapbach (P) d. Aaryn Volkmann; 6-0, 6-0
Veronica Koksova (P) d. Katie Rock; 6-2, 6-1
Anna Andersson (P) d. Sirrah Williams; 6-0, 6-0
Leigh Orne (G) won by default

DOUBLES
Koksova / Vernaz (P) d. Buterbaugh / Volkmann; 8-1
Asimgil / Natalie Braverman (P) d. Bates / Williams; 8-1
Andersson / Schlapbach (P) d. Head / Rock; 8-0

No. 4 seed Santa Clara (6) def. No. 5 seed San Francisco (1)

SINGLES
Christine Limbers (SCU) d. Gabi Ruiz; 6-1, 5-7 (10-8)
Janalle Kaloi (SCU) d. Anna Skogerboe; 6-4, 6-3
Catherine Cochrane (SCU) d. Carey Savage; 6-1, 6-1
Pati Ruiz (SCU) d. Beate Bernhoft; 6-3, 6-0
Casey Knutson (SCU) d. Michelle Duncan; 6-1, 6-3
Mariko Kawakami (SCU) d. Stephanie Chang; 6-0, 6-0

DOUBLES
Kaloi / Limbers (SCU) d. Ruiz / Skogerboe; 8-3
Bernhoft / Savage (USF) d. Cochran / Kawakami; 8-1
Duncan / Gillian Rader (USF) d. Ashley Campbell / Jenny Siegel; 8-6

No. 2 Loyola Marymount (5) def. No. 7 Saint Mary's (2)

SINGLES
Edit Pakay (LMU) d. Valerie Verrier; 6-0, 6-2
Penka Fileva (LMU) d. Katie Harden; 6-0, 6-1
Diana Vinis (LMU) d. Catalina Fillol; 6-3, 6-1
Megan Schulman (SMC) d. Jennifer Baker; 4-6, 6-3 (12-10)
Georgina Dinham (LMU) d. Nicole Hunstock; 6-3, 6-1
Erin Sanchez (SMC) d. Lindsay Herndon-Ortega; 6-0, 6-0

DOUBLES
Pakay / Vinis (LMU) d. Hunstock / Verrier; 8-4
Fileva / Patrycia Hubl (LMU) d. Fillol / Harden; 8-4
Baker / Dinham (LMU) d. Herndon-Ortega / Schulman; 8-1

No. 3 San Diego (7) def. No. 6 Portland (0)

SINGLES
Emma Murphy (USD) d. Amy Juppenlatz; 6-2, 6-2
Lauren Perl (USD) d. Kaori Tanabe; 4-6, 6-3 (10-6)
Tara Livesay (USD) d. Sanja Indic; 6-2, 6-4
Catherine Heppell (USD) d. Alyson Tyson; 6-0, 6-4
Lauren Leo (USD) d. Kellee Menke; 6-1, 6-2
Jennifer Brown (USD) d. Deirdre Ring-Marrinson; 6-0, 6-3

DOUBLES
Brown / Lauren Kazarian (USD) d. Indic / Juppenlatz; 8-3
Livesay / Murphy (USD) d. Tanabe / Tyson; 8-0
Perl / Anna Rapp (USD) d. Menke / Ring-Morrison; 8-3

Saturday, April 12 - Consolation Semifinals
9 a.m. -- No. 5 San Francisco vs. No. 8 Gonzaga
11 a.m. -- No. 6 Portland vs. No. 7 Saint Mary's

Championship Semifinals
1 p.m. -- No. 1 Pepperdine vs. No. 4 Santa Clara
3 p.m. -- No. 2 Loyola Marymount vs. No. 3 San Diego