February 15, 2006

West Coast Conference Showdowns on Tap for Broncos

Feb. 15, 2006

Santa Clara, Calif. - Facing a rival in any sport, whether it be a conference or local one, will always get a team's competitive juices flowing and for the Santa Clara women's tennis team, they will have two chances at taking down a league and Bay Area foe this weekend, as San Francisco visits the Degheri Tennis Center on Friday, while No. 75 Saint Mary's comes to the Mission Campus the following day.  Game times are set for 1 p.m. and 11 a.m.

The Dons enter Friday's match-up with the Broncos with an overall mark of 4-2, dropping a match against No. 63 Pacific to snap their four-game winning streak. Leading the way for San Francisco will be Camille Pamart, Jenny Sperry, and Joana Macedo. Freshman Mylene Martin has also made an impact in the singles and doubles ladder for USF this year.

"They have a new team this year with some good talent. They have already had some good success so we expect to be really tested," commented Coupe. "They have a fiery team that plays with a lot of emotion, especially against our team. I hope our team will not let that bother them and play some solid tennis."





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Saint Mary's are coming off of a stunning upset victory over then-No. 63 Pacific, its first win over a ranked program in school history. The Gaels', with a record of 2-3 in 2006, will use their triumph as momentum heading into the weekend's match against the Broncos. A pair of foreigners pack a mighty one-two punch for SMC, with Aude Lambert, a native out of France, and Jessica Hoath, an Australian competitor, holding down the top two spots. Additionally, senior Kate Harden and freshman Erin Young also bring depth to the singles and doubles line-up. Head coach Lisa Alipaz is in her seventh year at the helm of the Gaels program and was recently crowned the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 2005.

"This is a team fresh off defeated then-No. 63 Pacific so they have a lot of confidence. Their starters are playing good tennis and we expect a tough match," said Coupe. "This is probably our most heated match when we play each other. Over the years we have traditionally had really close scores and I expect the same this time."