The Zags are coming off their third loss to a ranked team of the season after falling 4-1 to No. 41 Portland last weekend...Gonzaga took the doubles point - their 10th of the season - from the Pilots with wins on courts one and three...two singles matches went to three sets and another went to an extra game in the second set, but Portland won the first four that finished for the win.
BAY AREA ROUND TWO:
The Bulldogs will make their second trip to the Bay Area this season, returning to face Saint Mary's and Pacific...Gonzaga has two wins against the Gaels since the year 2000, including a 4-0 sweep last season at home...GU won the doubles point to begin the match with Emilio Moreno and Ruadhan O'Sullivan capturing the doubles clincher...O'Sullivan later added a point in singles play, and Moreno was just one game away from a win, up 6-1, 5-2, when the match was left unfinished.
Saint Mary's is 6-14 on the year, and 1-5 in WCC play...the Gaels have lost their last five matches, four of which have come against WCC foes...their lone conference win came at Loyola Marymount March 25.
Damon Kersaris leads the squad with a 9-5 record in dual play, playing at the top two singles positions...he's 6-2 on court one this year...three other Gaels are at .500.
Pacific leads the all-time series with Gonzaga 4-0, but the Zags were just a few games short of their first win last season...against then-No. 73 Pacific last February, the Zags won the doubles point with ease before taking two singles points and seeing a third fall in a three-setter...Both O'Sullivan and Moreno claimed singles wins for Gonzaga with O'Sullivan's putting the Zags up 2-1 while Moreno re-tied the dual at 3-3...Pacific then won in three sets on court two, ending the Zags' upset bid.
Pacific is 8-14 on the year and 1-5 in WCC action...the Tigers have lost their last seven matches, five of which have been in WCC play...there's one common non-conference foe between the two squads as both fell to UC Santa Barbara earlier this season.
Miguel Diaz and Alex Giannini top the team with matching 9-7 marks in dual play...Diaz has played 12 matches at No. 1 singles, going 6-6, while Giannini has spent most of his time at No. 4 singles, where he's 7-2.
DOUBLING THEM UP:
Gonzaga has won 10 doubles points this season, four more than last year's total...the Zags are one shy of the recent program high of 11 set during the 2010 dual year.
Three of those points have come against WCC foes, one shy of last year's total...the Bulldogs took the pairs points from both Saint Mary's and Pacific last season.
The No. 3 doubles team of Ronzai Saurombe and Simón Homedes Dualde leads the team with an 9-5 record overall and 7-3 mark in their last 10 duals...they're 3-1 in WCC play with victories at San Francisco, Santa Clara, and versus Portland.