WTEN Announces 2017 Dual Slate
Jan. 17, 2017
SPOKANE, Wash.--Gonzaga University women's tennis head coach D.J. Gurule announced the Bulldogs' 2017 spring dual schedule on Tuesday. The slate consists of 19 matches, including 10 home contests and two matches against teams who reached the NCAA tournament last season.
The Zags begin the season with six straight contests at home, the first coming against Wyoming on Jan. 29. Two weekends later, they host two in-state foes, welcoming Eastern Washington to The Stevens Center on Feb. 10 and Seattle U Feb. 11. Idaho, last year's Big Sky tournament champion, comes to Spokane on Feb. 17, and Gonzaga rounds out the season-opening homestand by hosting Montana and Utah State on Feb. 24 and Feb. 26, respectively. Live stats and video for all home matches may be found at www.GoZags.com.
Sixteen days later, the Zags will begin their Spring Break trip with a pair of matches in Hawaii. They'll face host school Hawaii on March 14, and the Zags will play a neutral-site match against Fresno State on March 16. Fresno State ended the year ranked No. 43 in the ITA rankings. After the Bulldog-vs.-Bulldog matchup, Gonzaga will jet to Reno, Nevada, for matches against Cal Poly and Nevada on March 18 and March 19.
West Coast Conference play begins on March 25 when the Zags host San Francisco and continues on March 26 with a home match against Santa Clara. Gonzaga will then head to San Diego March 30, BYU April 1, and Portland April 8, before the final homestand of the season. That begins April 14 against Saint Mary's and concludes the next day against Pacific. The Zags will wrap up the regular season in Southern California with matches at Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine April 21 and 22.
If the Zags are again among the top six teams in the conference standings, they'll play for the WCC championship. That tournament will run April 27-29 in Claremont, Calif., and the winner will receive the conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament. Gonzaga finished second in the regular season standings for the first time ever last year, earning a bye directly to the conference semifinals.
After the fall tournament season, freshman Haruna Tsuruta leads the team with an 11-2 singles record, and Nevada Apollo is just two wins away at 9-3. Two doubles pairs -- Sophie Whittle/Kate Ketels and Alex Bourguignon/Graciela Rosas -- are 5-3 together.
For the latest information on Gonzaga women's tennis, visit www.GoZags.com or follow the team on Twitter at @ZagWTennis.
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