No. 58 Women's Tennis Tops Portland, 4-3; Finishes In 3-Way Tie for WCC Title
SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Coming off of a 6-1 victory over Gonzaga on Friday, the No. 58 Santa Clara women's tennis team finished off West Coast Conference league play with a 4-3 win over Portland on Saturday. The last match of the 2013 regular season takes place at non-conference competitor No. 70 Oregon at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 21.
The 2013 WCC regular season concluded with a three-way tie atop the standings between Saint Mary's, Santa Clara and Pepperdine. The Gaels, Broncos and Waves each finished Conference play with a 7-1 record and are co-Champions. The 2013 regular season WCC title is a first for the Santa Clara women's tennis program.
"I am so proud of this team and what we have accomplished this season so far. Finishing in a tie for first is an incredible feat and a first in our program's history," said Bronco head coach Ben Cabell. "The girls put a lot of hard work into this year, especially in our conference matches. It is great to see our hard work rewarded."
Against Portland (8-13; 1-7 WCC), Santa Clara (11-8; 7-1 WCC) was able to capture the doubles point early on with wins at the No. 2 and 3 courts. Partners Kelly Lamble and Maggie McGeorge took a 8-4 victory over Anastasia Polyakova and Emily Gould of the Pilots at the No. 2 position. Duo Stephanie Skaras and Delphine Rouvillois solidified the doubles point by defeating Maja Mladenovic and Tori Troesch by a score of 8-5 at the No. 3 position.
On the singles side, the Broncos took three of the six individual matches. At the No. 1 spot, No. 28 Katie Le dominated Maja Mladenovic of the Pilots in two straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Freshman Chelby Cooke battled through three sets after dropping the second set to defeat Valeska Hoath, 7-5, 1-6, 6-1. To take the overall victory, freshman Rouvillois topped Tori Troesch in two-sets 6-1, 6-4.
The Broncos take on No. 70 Oregon on Sun., April 21 at 12:00 p.m. as their final regular season match.
"The Oregon match on Sunday is a big match for us. This is our final competition with a ranked opponent before the WCC Tournament in San Diego," said Cabell. "We played the Ducks earlier this season and we walked away with the tight 4-3 win. If we can bring home a 3-0 record this weekend, it will give us that extra boost we will need for the WCC Championships next week."
#58 Santa Clara 4, Portland 3
1. Valeska Hoath/Sabine Fuchs (POR) def. Katie Le/Jessica Agra (SCU) 8-5
2. Kelly Lamble/Maggie McGeorge (SCU) def. Anastasia Polyakova/Emily Gould (POR) 8-4
3. Stephanie Skaras/Delphine Rouvillois (SCU) def. Maja Mladenovic/Tori Troesch (POR) 8-5
1. #28 Katie Le (SCU) def. Maja Mladenovic (POR) 6-3, 6-4
2. Anastasia Polyakova (POR) def. Kelly Lamble (SCU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Sabine Fuchs (POR) def. Alex Zaniewski (SCU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
4. Chelby Cooke (SCU) def. Valeska Hoath (POR) 7-5, 1-6, 6-1
5. Delphine Rouvillois (SCU) def. Tori Troesch (POR) 6-1, 6-4
6. Saroop Dhatt (POR) def. Stephanie Skaras (SCU) 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 10-7
No. 70 Oregon
Recently, the Ducks lost a 5-2 match at home on Sunday afternoon against No. 5 USC. The Ducks moved to 12-10 overall and 1-9 in Pac-12 play. Oregon has lost the last 9 of 11 matches after starting off its season very strongly. They have played for other WCC competitors and have come out on top in each of those matches. Santa Clara will be the Ducks last regular season match of 2013 before the Pac-12 Championships. The Broncos defeated Oregon on Jan. 28 by a score of 4-3.
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Game Notes—April 21, 2013
#58 Santa Clara vs. #70 Oregon @ 12:00 p.m. in Eugene, Ore. (Student Tennis Center)