Francisco Zepponi
Francisco Zepponi
Born: 01/08/1983
Height: 5-10
Year: Senior
Hometown: Pleasanton, Calif.
High School: Amador Valley

AS A SENIOR IN 2004-05: Two-time team captain...finished Bronco career as the leader in both single season (30) and career singles victories (75)...saw action in the No. 3 and 4 singles positions and earned double digit victories for a fourth consecutive year...posted notable wins over No. 52 Oregon, No. 67 UC Santa Barbara and No. 72 Portland... clinched five dual match wins on the season including a pair of Bronco victories at the WCC Championships...broke career singles victory record held by assistant coach Erich Chen with a straight set win over Peter Farkas of Sacramento State...anchored the No. 2 doubles position with seniors Eric Kochanski and Taylor Bedilion...registerd notable doubles victories over No. 52 Oregon, No. 54 New Mexico and No. 75 Denver... reached the Flight 'A' doubles final of the Pacific Tiger Fall Classic...one of five recipients to receive the national Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award, for overcoming adversity and finding success on the playing court and in the classroom...winner of the DJ Frandsen Inspirational Award presented by the Santa Clara University athletic department...nominated for the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award and the Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship National Award presented by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2003-04: Voted team captain by his teammates... notched double-digit singles victories for a third consecutive season... posted 16 wins while splitting time between the No. 4 and 5 slots... clinched four dual matches during the year... recorded impressive victories over opponents from nationally-ranked programs California, Boise State, Pacific and UC Irvine... won nine straight games to earn a come-from-behind win over UC Irvine's Renouk Wijemanne 4-6, 6-3, 6-0...saw doubles action with four different teammates throughout the season... actively involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and the implementation of its community service projects.  

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2002-03: Moved up in the line-up and played in the top three singles positions, primarily in the No. 2 slot... recorded 14 singles victories including an impressive straight-set victory over Thomas Schoeck of No. 30 Boise State... clinched the team win over Gonzaga in the WCC Championships, following his straight-set victory... registered 12 doubles victories, including a win over 33rd-ranked Marcus Bernston and Guillaume Bouvier of Boise State... saved four match points with partner Ben Hidalgo to clinch the doubles point in a thrilling home victory over Saint Mary's.  

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2001-02: Named the Bronco Rookie of the Year... named the Mad Dog of the Year, awarded to the player who comes through in the clutch when the team needs it the most... shattered the single season victory mark in Bronco record books with 30 wins... earned 30th victory against Christian Dyvik of San Francisco at the WCC Championships... was one of three Broncos to notch more than 20 wins... produced a 10-match win streak while going undefeated in dual play in March... among those victories was defeating Chris King of Oregon, who held an ITA national singles ranking... won nine straight singles matches during fall action, while capturing two tournament titles... one of five Bronco freshmen to advance to finals in their respective draws at the Stockcoverage.com Classic... went on to win the B flight singles title at this event... defeated Patrick Briaud of Cal to win the consolation singles draw at the Bulldog Classic, his second title in as many weeks... in doubles action, registered a 7-4 record with three different partners.  

HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, Calif... played for coaches Mike Miltan and Frank Majors... helped his team become the Co-Champions East Bay Athletic League in 2001... was named All-EBAL and EBAL MVP in 1999, 2000, and 2001... named Amador Valley High School Athlete of the year as a senior... named to the Contra Costa Times Top 100 Athletes list... named Valley Herald Athlete of the Year nominee in 2000 and '01... established a 52-2 record at Amador Valley... was ranked among the top two players in Northern California in Boys 16s and Boys 18s... was ranked as high as No. 56 in Boys 14s, No. 58 in Boys 16s and No. 59 in Boys 18s USTA national ranking lists... as a senior, represented the Northern California Tennis section at the Junior Davis Cup.  

PERSONAL: Full name is Francisco Zepponi... born January 8, 1983 in Managua, Nicaragua... son of Roy and Dolores Zepponi... majoring in accounting.

 

Zepponi's Career Statistics

 

Year Singles Dual Singles Overall Doubles Dual Doubles Overall
2002 19-5 30-8 2-0 7-4
2003 10-13 14-19 9-12 12-16
2004 13-11 16-18 3-4 4-6
2005 11-13 15-18 9-10 12-15
Career 53-42 75-63 23-26 35-41

 

 

 

Getting to Know Francisco

Favorite Athlete: Jordan, because he dominated so much.
Favorite Pre-game Meal: My mom's lasagna.
Favorite Pre-game Ritual: I listen to music.
Why did you choose Santa Clara? I felt like I fit in here.
Favorite aspect of SCU Athletics: The coaches and the team.
Favorite Place on the SCU campus: The fountain.
What are your interests away from sports? Music, reading, having fun.
The biggest goal in your life is... to become successful in either medicine or business.
Few people know that you... love to read.
After your playing career is over, you'd like to be remembered as... someone who never gave up and always came back.