October 24, 2007

Women's Tennis Wraps Up Fall Season

Oct. 24, 2007

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The fall season came to a close for the Santa Clara women's tennis team this weekend after the ITA Northwest Regionals in Stanford. The team wrapped up the tournament with some solid wins in both singles and doubles, and big hopes for the regular season starting in January.

Senior Myra Davoudi along with freshmen Ashley Pane and Carmen Pham made it to the second round in the main singles draw last Friday at the Regionals tournament. In doubles, the two teams of Davoudi and Lindsay McBride and Pane and Stephanie Galainena knocked off their first round opponents. The Broncos also had a strong showing in the consolation singles round, where Lindsay McBride defeated her first opponent in a three-set match, followed by another three-set match in the second round where she finally fell.

"The Regionals last weekend went pretty much to form," said head coach Ben Cabell. "We didn't lose any matches we shouldn't have because it was a tough draw. But I was very pleased with the way they competed."

For the freshmen on the team, this past weekend brought a level of competition that they were not accustomed to.

"Last weekend was a big step up from junior tennis," said freshman Carmen Pham. "It was a little overwhelming for me and the other freshmen, but we went out there and played our best."

Overall, the fall season has been successful for women's tennis. It has been a chance for the freshmen to gain experience in collegiate competition as well as a time for the team to see where they stand against opponents they will face in the regular season.

"The main thing is that the freshmen were able to become more comfortable and confident on the court, and they did that," Cabell said. "The girls had a really good record over the fall in three-set matches which is important. And the young guys could get used to college tennis."

Santa Clara will leave behind the demanding tournament schedules beginning in January, as they move into dual matches against other schools in the regular season.

"The regular season is less spread out than the fall, however we don't have the back to back days in tournaments," said Cabell. "They are not long, grinding days so you give more to your matches. It's more intense. Everyone plays for the team, everything counts."

To get ready for the regular season, Cabell will have the girls working on their strength and conditioning so they can gain the endurance to outlast their opponents, especially in long matches.

"We're going to work really hard on getting physically stronger," Cabell said. "That will be a huge factor going into the season. Doing this will help prevent injuries and help to continue our success in three-set matches."

Still, the team is looking forward to making improvements even through the regular season, beating good teams, and seeing how they compare against their opponents.

"In the regular season, I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone stacks up," said Cabell. "We've got some young faces on the team so we can see how they do against opponents that we already know. We'll have the chance to beat some good teams and show our ability to compete against the best teams in the country. We might be the underdog, but I wouldn't be too surprised if we beat some better teams."