February 7, 2010

Santa Clara Upsets Loyola Marymount 4-3

Feb. 7, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif.- The Broncos earned their first WCC win of the season this afternoon with a 4-3 victory at Loyola Marymount. Santa Clara improves to 2-1 on the season and 1-1 in the WCC. This is the first time that the Broncos have defeated the Lions in the program's history.

The Broncos started out strong to earn the doubles point. Junior Carmen Pham and sophomore Kimmi Cox swept past Audrey Bulkley and Jane Pringle, 8-3. Freshmen duo Kelly Lamble and Maggie McGeorge defeated Elisaveta Pironka and Melissa Valenzuela, 9-7, to clinch the doubles point for Santa Clara.

Said Bronco head coach Ben Cabell about the doubles win, "We performed really well in doubles last week, so we were fired up about doubles play against Loyola Marymount. Earning the doubles point also gave us a lot of confidence for singles play."

In singles play, Lamble defeated Jasmin Heckel, 7-6, (3), 7-5, at the No.1 singles position and Zaniewski followed with a win against Pironka, 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 2 position. Fellow freshman Maggie McGeorge rounded out the freshmen winning streak with her win against Valenzuela, 6-1, 6-4.

"It was an awesome win today. We haven't beaten Loyola Marymount in a very long time, so today's win is very exciting," said Cabell. "We definitely feel that we're making progress and moving in the right direction as a team."

Santa Clara vs. Loyola Marymount Doubles Results

1) Jasmin Heckel/Bliss Nixon (LMU) defeated Jessica Agra/Alex Zaniewski (SCU) 8-3

2) Carmen Pham/Kimmi Cox (SCU) defeated Audrey Bulkley/Jane Pringle (LMU) 8-3

3) Kelly Lamble/Maggie McGeorge (SCU) defeated Elisaveta Pironka/Melissa Valenzuela (LMU) 9-7

Santa Clara vs. Loyola Marymount Singles Results

1) Kelly Lamble (SCU) defeated Jasmin Heckel (LMU) 7-6, (3), 7-5

2) Alex Zaniewski (SCU) defeated Elisaveta Pironka (LMU) 6-1, 6-3

3) Jane Pringle (LMU) defeated Jessica Agra (SCU) 6-2, 6-2

4) Maggie McGeorge (SCU) defeated Melissa Valenzuela (LMU) 6-1, 6-4

5) Estelle LaPorte (LMU) defeated Carmen Pham (SCU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

6) Bliss Nixon (LMU) defeated Kimmi Cox (SCU) 6-4, 6-7, 7-5