Zags Well Represented in All-Conference Teams
April 26, 2017
SAN BRUNO, Calif.--The second-place Gonzaga women's tennis team was well-represented in the postseason West Coast Conference awards as two singles players and two doubles pairs earned All-WCC consideration, as announced Wednesday by the conference office.
Both Nevada Apollo and Sophie Whittle earned All-WCC First Team Singles honors, becoming the second and third players in program history to earn top consideration for their singles play. Both sophomores split time between Nos. 1 and 2 singles this season with Apollo handling 14 matches atop the lineup, going 9-3 in the spot. The Las Vegas native also was 5-0 during conference action and led one of two matches left unfinished. Overall on the year, Apollo went 12-3 in dual season and leads the squad with 21 victories when also considering tournament play.
Whittle, meanwhile, went 9-3 during the spring. She picked up three wins in conference play and led five matches that were left unfinished. The Nipomo, Calif., native went a perfect 5-0 atop the singles lineup, and all nine of her dual wins came in two sets.
This is Whittle's second career postseason award for singles play as she was named All-WCC Second Team as a freshman last season. She and Apollo both join Katie Edwards as Zags who've received All-WCC First Team Singles consideration.
Both Whittle and Apollo were recognized in doubles play as well. Whittle and partner Graciela Rosas received All-WCC First Team Doubles honors, becoming the second Bulldog duo to win the award. They won eight of their 11 matches together and saw the other three left unfinished for an unbeaten 8-0 mark. The sophomore duo went 6-0 against WCC play and spent their time together at the No. 2 doubles position.
This is Whittle's second doubles honor as she and former playing partner Samantha Polayes were the first Gonzaga pair to be named First Team All-WCC last season. Rosas, from Mexicali, Mexico, is receiving her first postseason award in any form.
Apollo and Domonique Garley were also added to the WCC Doubles Honorable Mention squad. The other sophomore duo on the team, they spent most of the season atop the doubles lineup, going 3-6 at No. 1 doubles and 5-8 overall. Apollo and Garley, who hails from Fort Worth, Texas, were also named WCC Doubles Pair of the Week on Feb. 28 after going 2-0 during their first weekend atop the lineup. This is both players' first postseason doubles honor.
Gonzaga (16-3, 7-2 WCC) is the second seed at this weekend's WCC Championships in Claremont, Calif. The Zags have a direct bye into the tournament's semifinal round, which will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 28, at Biszantz Family Tennis Center.
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