A Shorthanded Women's Tennis Team Falls To SCU
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – A shorthanded Gonzaga University women’s tennis team nearly pulled off a road upset Sunday against Santa Clara University but the numbers game caught up to GU in a 4-3 West Coast Conference defeat at the Degheri Tennis Center.
Sidelined in the match for the Bulldogs (8-8, 3-4 WCC) was No. 4 singles player Melanie Yates. With only five active players on the road trip, Gonzaga would have to overcome a large obstacle to take the match.
Doubles began with only two matches as GU defaulted at No. 3. Santa Clara needed just to win one of the matches for the point and that is exactly what happened.
The Bulldogs faced an uphill battle in singles with the Yates absence. As a result, Tallas was bumped up to play at No. 4 while the No. 6 match was defaulted. The default instantly gave Santa Clara a 2-0 edge in the dual.
However the Zags would rally and give the Broncos a scare. Edwards dismantled Rouvillois 6-3, 6-1 for the first GU point. Santa Clara responded with a win at No. 5 where Isabell Klingert lost 6-3, 6-1 to Skaras.
Polayes notched the second Bulldog point with her 6-2, 6-1 winner over Cooke.
Unfortunately the match was clinched shortly after on court one. Peek, playing the 25th-ranked Katie Le, gave quite the effort but was downed 6-2, 7-5.
With the match in hand, the Broncos decided to default the No. 4 contest between Tallas and Daniella Silva. Credited with the win, Tallas did lead 6-1, 2-6, 4-1 when Silva retired.
The Bulldogs have just two matches remaining before the WCC Championships. The Zags welcome BYU to the Stevens Center Friday for a 2 p.m. then concluded the regular-season with Lewis-Clark State University Saturday at 11 a.m.