The Zags picked up 4-0 victories over both Saint Mary’s and Pacific last weekend, getting a pair of big clinches...the two wins in the final homestand capped a perfect 10-0 dual season inside The Stevens Center this season, and they also clinched a spot in the WCC Championships April 27-29.
GU’s win over Saint Mary’s was also the program’s first over the Gaels since 2001...with two more sweeps, Gonzaga has won every point in eight duals this season...that’s the most in program history by two, passing their sweep total from both 2015 and 2016.
BIG WEEKEND TO END THE REGULAR SEASON:
Gonzaga will end the 2017 regular season slate with matches at Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine...the Bulldogs are 3-7 against LMU since the 2000 season, but they’ve won the last two games against the Lions...two years ago in Los Angeles, the Zags came away with a 5-2 win, and they swept the Lions 4-0 last season at home...both Graciela Rosas and Domonique Garley won singles contests during that dual.
The Lions are 12-7 on the year and 4-3 in WCC play...those losses have come from Saint Mary’s, Pepperdine, and Santa Clara...LMU and Gonzaga did not meet in any fall tournaments, nor do they share a non-conference foe.
Camila Tumosa leads the team with a 13-4 dual record with all wins coming at Nos. 4 and 5 singles...both Siobhan Anderson and Elvira Juravliova have added double-digit victories in dual play, too...the pairs of Juravliova and Jessica Perez (No. 1 doubles) and Anderson and Anna Romeka (all three doubles positions) are 10-5 in dual play.
The Zags are looking for their first win over Pepperdine, having lost nine times to the Waves since the 2000 season...last year, the Zags claimed their first-ever dual point against Pepperdine, winning the doubles point with wins from Domonique Garley/Sissi Koehler and Sophie Whittle/Samantha Polayes. Pepperdine enters the week with a 16-4 overall record and ranked No. 13 by the ITA, Gonzaga’s first ranked foe of the season...the Waves are 7-0 in WCC play and have yet to concede a dual point...the two teams don’t have any shared non-conference foes, and they did not both play in the same fall tournament, either.
Four Waves are ranked in the ITA’s top 25 with Luisa Stefani and Ashley Lahey coming in at No. 12 and 13, respectively...the doubles pair of Christine Maddox and Mayar Sherif Ahmed are No. 6 in the nation, and they’re 8-3 in dual play this season.
ON CONFERENCE PLAY:
With six wins in WCC play, they Zags have at least tied their best-ever record against conference foes...that came last season when Gonzaga went 6-3...they’ve already clinched a top-six finish in the standings (they can finish no lower than a tie for third) and will compete for the league’s auto-berth to the NCAAs next weekend.
GU is 20-6 in singles matches during WCC duals, and they’re 10-6 on the doubles courts...in singles play, Domonique Garley (5-0), Nevada Apollo (4-0), and Sophie Whittle (3-0) are all undefeated against WCC foes…the pairs of Whittle/Rosas (5-0) and Alex Bourguignon/Kate Ketels (2-0) are also unbeaten.