WCC Announces Conference Tournament Seeding, All-Academic Tennis Team

WCC Announces Conference Tournament Seeding, All-Academic Tennis Team

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SAN MATEO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference has announced the bracket for the WCC men's tennis tournament and the WCC All-Academic Team. After sweeping two conference opponents in the last week of the regular season and finishing in second place in the conference, No. 30 Santa Clara was awarded the No. 2 seed. Junior Tom Pham garnered WCC All-Academic Team honors and Kyoheii Kamono picked up an Honorable Mention nod.

The Broncos, who have finished second in the conference for the third year in a row, will begin play in the semifinals on Friday against Portland, Saint Mary's or San Diego depending on the first and second round outcomes. The conference championship is presented by the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and is schedule to take place at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif. Apr. 25-28.
"The seeding is a culmination of the whole year. We have gone through the entire conference with matches this year first time (playing each team) and so it's a true seeding," said Bronco head men's tennis coach Derek Mills.  "The guys have done the work so now we have to finish the season off."

Pepperdine, who topped the conference during the regular season, was awarded the No. 1 seed and is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation.

The WCC Championship will be Sat., Apr. 26 at 9:30.

Pham, who has been an instrumental part of Santa Clara's rise to No. 30 in the nation, posted a 3.57 GPA. Pham has tallied 21 wins this season with a 21-4 record that mirrors the Broncos' overall record. At one point, the electrical engineering major had a 16-match winning streak that lasted from Jan. 21 to Mar. 23. Pham has played as Santa Clara's primary No. 4 singles player. As a doubles player, Pham has played primarily with senior Kyle Dandan as the No. 2 doubles tandem. Pham has helped the duo to a six-match winning streak.

Kamono garnered an Honorable Mention nod from the WCC on the All-Academic list. Kamono, a sophomore engineering major who sports a 3.841 grade point average, has been a vital change-of-pace player for Santa Clara. During the spring, he has posted a 4-1 singles record. His biggest win came against then-No. 57 UNLV when he spelled a sick Ilya Osinstev in route to a 7-0 Santa Clara victory. As a doubles player, Kamono has been partnered with three different teammates and has accrued a 6-2 record during doubles play.

"Both guys are great. It's too bad Keith is only Honorable Mention because he has the highest GPA on the team," said Mills.  "We take pride in our academics at Santa Clara and those are the two guys that lead our team academically."

Name School Class GPA Major
Richard Bucalem San Francisco Junior 3.94 Business Administration
Michael Eraso BYU Senior 3.41 Nutritional Science
Levin Guillermo Gonzaga Junior 3.95 Civil Engineering
Michel Hu Kwo Portland Sophomore 3.80 Business Administration
Zhia Hwa Chong Gonzaga Senior 3.79 Computer Science
Maxime Olivan Saint Mary's Senior 3.47 Business Administration
Thomas Pham Santa Clara Junior 3.57 Electrical Engineering
Patrick Pohlmann San Diego Senior 3.39 Finance
William Schumacher San Francisco Junior 3.56 History
David Sofaer Pepperdine Sophomore 3.41 Marketing
Thibaut Visy San Diego Junior 3.25 Finance
Alex Wilton Loyola Marymount Sophomore 3.71 Management

Honorable Mention: Germain Bahri, USF; Daniel Coelho, POR; Jacob Hartwig, USF; Geoff Hernandez, POR; Kyohhei Kamono, SCU; Joakim Norstrom, SMC; Scott Sullivan, GON; Thai Tu, USF 


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