Bulldogs Head To The Bay Area To Close Out Regular-Season
SPOKANE, Wash. - With the West Coast Conference Championships less than one week away, the Gonzaga University women's tennis team will get one final tune-up with two WCC matches in the Bay Area this weekend. The Bulldogs will visit the Santa Clara University Saturday and then head up the Peninsula to play University of San Francisco. Both matches start at 11 a.m.
HEAD COACH D.J. GURULE'S THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS WEEKEND: "The team is ready for this weekend and the conference tournament next weekend. It is a short turn around with only one day back in Spokane after this weekend, but we have prepared all year for this. We are committed to finishing the year on a positive note. I am very proud of how our team has responded this week and I am confident that we will be ready."
SCOUTING THE DONS: The University of San Francisco is coming off back-to-back losses in San Diego, Calif., earlier in the week. The Dons were blanked 7-0 at West Coast Conference rivals University of San Diego last Sunday, followed by dropping a 6-1 decision to San Diego State University Monday. Although the Toreros won all seven points, Melina Akerbrant and Alana McMahon led the effort for the Dons by defeating Cara Brown and Stephanie Hoffpauir 8-7 (8-5) at No. 3 doubles. Against the Aztecs, Hadzi Tanovic clinched the Dons only point by winning a three-set decision on court five. Before the Dons welcome Gonzaga University Sunday, they will host the University of Idaho Thursday and the University of Portland Saturday.
LAST TIME VS. THE DONS: Gonzaga University and the University of San Francisco met in the opening round of the West Coast Conference Championship consolation bracket last year. The Bulldogs secured the doubles point, but the Dons won four singles matches to beat the Bulldogs 4-1. Rika Mehndiratta and Danielle Farmer posted an 8-5 win at the No. 1 spot and the team of Clare Dodge and Kristina Zauere put together an 8-5 victory at No. 2 doubles to win the first point of the match. The tandem of Jackie Tabb and Sophie Lantta were on the verge of completing the sweep with a 7-4 lead, but the match was abandoned once the Bulldogs secured the doubles point with wins on courts one and two.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara University enters the weekend looking to snap a three-match losing streak. Last Friday, the Broncos were down 4-0 at the University of San Diego before rain forced the remaining singles matches to be cancelled. Two days later, the Broncos dropped a 6-1 decision to Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., Sunday. Stephanie Skaras bounced back from a first-set loss to beat Gael Carla Lindlar 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6 singles to win the Broncos lone point.
LAST TIME VS. THE BRONCOS: Gonzaga University and Santa Clara University met twice last season. The first meeting was in Spokane for a West Coast Conference regular-season match. Despite taking the doubles point, the Bulldogs dropped five singles matches to fall to the Broncos 5-2. Sophie Lantta led the effort on Gonzaga's behalf with a win in singles and in doubles with Jackie Tabb. Kristina Zauere and Clare Dodge also helped Gonzaga win the doubles point with their match win on court two. The second meeting between the Bulldogs and Broncos was in the opening round of the WCC Championships. Similar to its regular-season meeting, Gonzaga continued to show dominance over the Broncos in doubles play as the teams of Rika Mehndiratta/Danielle Farmer and Dodge/Zauere picked up wins on courts one and two, respectively, to win the first point of the match. But the Broncos showed their dominance in singles play by taking wins on courts one, three, four and five to beat the Zags 4-1.