January 30, 2013

No. 36 Bronco Men's Tennis Picked Third in WCC Preseason Poll; Lamble on All-WCC Team

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The results of the 2013 WCC Men's Tennis Preseason Poll and the 2013 WCC Men's Tennis Preseason All-Conference Team were announced Wednesday by the West Coast Conference.

Santa Clara was ranked third in the coaches WCC preseason poll, tallying 47 points. The Broncos are off to a 3-1 start with wins over UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz on opening-day, plus a strong 4-1 victory over No. 38 Boise State in the ITA Kick-Off weekend last weekend. Santa Clara's lone defeat is to No. 20 Michigan by a score of 4-1.

The Broncos' John Lamble was voted to the preseason All-WCC Team, along with only five other players in the conference. Lamble is ranked No. 65 in the country, a new high for the men's tennis program.

The junior from Saratoga, Calif. pulled off a big win with an upset 6-3, 6-3 victory over No. 28 Andrew Bettles last weekend, helping SCU clinch the 4-1 final over Boise State. Lamble has also teamed with Ilya Osintsev at the top doubles position.

The Pepperdine Waves, ranked No. 7 in the nation, received eight of nine (8 of 9) first place votes and led with 64 total points. Behind top-ranked Pepperdine was San Diego, who tallied 57 points and one first-place vote.

The No. 36 Santa Clara men's tennis team looks to build on its early-season success with two matches at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash this weekend.

Santa Clara and the host No. 22 Huskies will play on Fri., Feb. 1 at 5pm at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. On Sat., Feb. 2 at 2pm the SCU Broncos and No. 38 Boise State Broncos will face off in a rematch from the ITA Kick-Off weekend.

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2013 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL

TEAM (First Place Votes)      POINTS

1. Pepperdine (8)                             

     64

2. San Diego (1)

     57

3. Santa Clara

     47

4. BYU

     45

5. San Francisco

     30

6. Saint Mary's

     29

7. Loyola Marymount

     23

8. Portland

     19

9. Gonzaga

     10


2013 PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

PLAYER

SCHOOL YEAR

Sebastian Fanselow

Pepperdine

Senior

Patrick Kawka

BYU

Junior

John Lamble

Santa Clara

Junior

Clarke Spinosa

San Diego

Junior

Finn Tearney

Pepperdine

Senior

Thai Tu

San Francisco

Senior