Sweet 16: Waves Thirst For 16th Title in 17 Years at WCC Championships this Weekend
April 22, 2004
Women's Tennis Championship Program
Saint Mary's College will host the 19th West Coast Conference women's tennis championship this weekend. Pepperdine will be looking to repeat as WCC champion, and claim its 16th title in the last 17 years.
The Waves are led by #33 ranked Natalie Braverman, who has posted a 15-5 mark this season. Loyola Marymount will attempt to reclaim the title that they won in 2002, but surrendered back to the Waves last season. An LMU squad has never finished lower than third at the WCC championship.
San Diego has earned a #49 ranking from the ITA and is led by the #46 ranked singles player in the nation, Emma Murphy. Portland and Gonzaga enter the tournament as two of the conference's hottest teams. The Pilots have won five of their last seven dual matches, and the Zags have captured four of their last five matches. Gonzaga nearly tripled its win total from a year ago, winning 11 contests. San Francisco has registered the second best winning percentage in the conference and have won five of their last six matches. Host Saint Mary's has posted a 7-4 mark at the Korth Tennis Complex this season.
Seedings will be announced on WCCsports.com on Thursday night
- Gonzaga will look to improve on last season's seventh place finish at the WCC championship. The Zags have won four of their last five duals matches this season.
- Junior Carla Arguelles has led the Lions, playing exclusively at the #1 singles position and collecting nine victories. Arguelles and freshman Kimi Kaloi have paired up as LMU's top doubles tandem.
- Freshman Nico Terrien has gone undefeated at the #2 singles spot, posting a 15-0 mark.
- Charlotte Vernaz earned a #98 national ranking after going 11-9 in the #2 and #3 singles positions.
- The Waves are seeking their 16th WCC title in 17 years.
- Sophomore Cristin Sammis and junior Sanja Indic have teamed up at the #1 doubles position to post a 10-4 mark. Sammis has also collected six wins at the #1 singles spot and has posted a 10-8 overall record.
- Freshman Aude Lambert has performed well for the Gaels at the #1 singles position, collecting 10 wins. The duo of Kristin Kummer and Kate Harden have posted a 14-8 mark as a doubles tandem.
- Sophomores Emma Murphy and Lauren Perl have led the way for USD at the top two singles spots. Murphy is currently ranked #46 in the nation, while Perl checks in at #107.
- USD has not played on the road since March 6.
- Freshman Camille Pamart has stepped into the #1 singles spot and performed well for San Francisco. Pamart has posted a 13-8 record while playing exclusively at the #1 position. In doubles play, she has teamed with Joana Laranjinha at the top doubles spot for USF.
- Santa Clara's lineup includes a trio of freshman in Kelly Leathers, Kimberly Daniel, and Erika Barnes. Leathers and Barnes have teamed up to post a 9-8 mark at the #2 doubles spot, and a perfect 4-0 record at the #3 doubles position.
The late 80's and the 90's were dominated by Pepperdine. In fact, the top three in the women's standings remained unchanged from 1988 to 2000, with San Diego finishing second and Loyola Marymount third each time. The 2001 tournament saw that change for the first time, as LMU upset San Diego to reach the title match. Although Pepperdine successfully defended their crown, the Lions sent players to the NCAA tournament for the first time, as the team of Angelina Zdorovytska and Andrea Lord earned an at-large invitation to the NCAA doubles championship. The WCC was represented at the NCAA championships in 2001 by three different schools for the first time in league history, as individuals from San Diego and LMU also received at-large invitations in addition to Pepperdine's automatic bid for the team championship. In 2002, LMU, the #2 seed, captured its first WCC tennis championship by upsetting #1 seed Pepperdine. The loss snapped a string of 14 consecutive titles by the Waves. LMU joins Pepperdine as the only active WCC members to have won the conference crown. The only other team to win the event, US International in 1986 and 1987, is no longer a WCC member.
Although Pepperdine has owned the WCC title, San Diego became the first program in the league to claim a national title, when fourtime All-American Zuzana Lesenarova won the NCAA singles championship in 1999.