Bulldogs Snap Losing Skid With WCC Win Over Pilots
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's tennis team got back on the winning track Saturday as the Bulldogs opened their seven-match homestand with a 5-2 win over Pacific Northwest rival University of Portland in a West Coast Conference match at the Spokane Racquet Club.
The Bulldogs took two of three in doubles and won four of six in singles.
The team of Valeska Hoath and Anastasia Polyakova got the day started winning 8-3 over Prue Teitzel and Madeline Parker at No. 2 doubles, but the Bulldogs came back with from a pair of senior-freshman combos. Senior Kristina Zauere and freshman Katie Edwards evened the score with their 8-3 win over Alice Tucker and Emily Mahairas on court one and the tandem of rookie Kylie Peek and the veteran Sophie Lantta clinched the doubles point for Gonzaga with an 8-4 win over Gabrielle Gorence and Sabine Fuchs at No. 3.
The Pilots would take a 2-1 lead after Polyakova defeated Teitzel 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and Fuchs down Edwards 6-4, 6-0. Peek would tie the match up 2-2 with her 6-3, 6-3 win over Mahairas at No. 4 singles, and after losing the first set 6-2, Zauere rallied back to win the next two sets 6-4, 6-4 to help the Bulldogs retake the lead. Lantta took the first set 6-3 but her opponent Tucker answered back with a 6-3 second-set win of her own. The third set was close but Lantta defeated Tucker 6-4 to clinch the winning point for Gonzaga.
Despite losing the first set 6-3, Britta Stime closed out the day by shutting out Gorence 6-0 in the second set and winning the tiebreaker 6-3.
Bulldogs head coach D.J. Gurule was pleased with the Bulldogs (7-5, 1-2 WCC) performance on the court.
"Today was a great win for our team," Gurule said. "We were very focused and determined to play well today. It was especially great for our seniors, Sophie and Kristina, to clinch the third and fourth points for the team. Kristina played one of the best matches in her career. She was down 0-3 in the third set and won six of the last seven games to win the match.
"I was also very impressed with Sophie," Gurule added. "She battled back in the third set form being down 3-4 to clinch the match for the team. She has quietly been having an excellent year and it was fantastic to see her get the fourth point."
The Bulldogs will continue WCC play as they will welcome newcomer BYU to the Spokane Racquet Club Friday at 11 a.m. Following the match against the Cougars, the Bulldogs will step out of conference play and host Northern Arizona University and Weber State University Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
GONZAGA BULLDOGS 5, PORTLAND PILOTS 2
1. POLYAKOVA, Anastasia (UP) def. TEITZEL, Prue (GON) 6-2, 6-1
2. FUCHS, Sabine (UP) def. EDWARDS, Katie (GON) 6-4, 6-0
3. ZAUERE, Kristina (GON) def. HOATH, Valeska (UP) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. PEEK, Kylie (GON) def. MAHAIRAS, Emily (UP) 6-3, 6-3
5. LANTTA, Sophie (GON) def. TUCKER, Alice (UP) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
6. STIME, Britta (GON) def. GORENCE, Gabrielle (UP) 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
1. ZAUERE, Kristina/EDWARDS, Katie (GON) def. TUCKER, Alice/MAHAIRAS, Emily (UP) 8-3
2. HOATH, Valeska/POLYAKOVA, Anastasia (UP) def. TEITZEL, Prue/PARKER, Madeline (GON) 8-3
3. PEEK, Kylie/LANTTA, Sophie (GON) def. GORENCE, Gabrielle/FUCHS, Sabine (UP) 8-4
PORTLAND PILOTS 4-10, 0-3 WCC
GONZAGA BULLDOGS 7-5, 1-2 WCC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,4,3,5,6)