Bulldogs Begin Seven-Match Homestand With Portland Saturday
SPOKANE, Wash. - Coming off two tough West Coast Conference losses in California last weekend, the Gonzaga University women's tennis team looks to get back on the winning track in its a season-most seven-match homestand, which begins Saturday with conference rival University of Portland Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Spokane Racquet Club.
HEAD COACH D.J. GURULE'S THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS WEEKEND: "We are very excited to be playing at home again. We hope we can get as many fans out to watch the match as possible. We've had some great matches in the past against the University of Portland and I am sure tomorrow's match will be the same."
ABOUT THE PILOTS: The University of Portland is 4-9 this spring and 0-2 in West Coast Conference play. Before arriving in Spokane to face Gonzaga University, the Pilots made a visit to nearby Pullman, where Washington State University blanked the Pilots 7-0 for the third consecutive match Thursday. Anastasia Polyakova has appeared in all but one dual match at No. 1 singles. She leads the effort for the Pilots in singles with a 7-5 record. Alice Tucker and Valeska Hoath lead the team in doubles play with a 6-3 record, all on court two. Polyakova and Sabine Fuchs are 4-4 together at the No. 1 spot.
LAST TIME VERSUS THE PILOTS: Departed seniors and Portland natives Rika Mehndiratta, Jackie Tabb, Danielle Farmer and Clare Dodge played a key part in Gonzaga University's 5-2 West Coast Conference victory over the University of Portland last season. Despite falling in their No. 1 doubles match 8-6, Mehndiratta and Farmer each claimed singles victory. Mehndiratta beat Stephanie Fuchs 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 1 spot and Farmer defeated Emily Mahairas 6-0, 6-2 on court five to clinch the match for the Bulldogs. Also in singles play Prue Teitzel cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 and after winning the first set 7-5, Sophie Lantta's was credited the win after her opponent, Gabrielle Gorence, retired due to an injury. The Bulldogs took two of three doubles matches over the Pilots to win the point. Lantta and Tabb finished first with an 8-1 win at the No. 3 spot and after the Pilots picked up a win at the No. 1 spot, Zauere and Dodge won the tiebreaker 8-6 at No. 2.