April 27, 2017
Gonzaga Notes | Tournament Central
CLINCHING THE BYE AND THE SEED:
- The Zags clinched No. 2 in the WCC regular season standings last Friday with a 4-3 win at Loyola Marymount...after losing the doubles point, the Zags picked up singles wins in the first three matches to finish...the Lions rallied to tie the match, but freshman Haruna Tsuruta capped off a three-set victory on court four for the dual win...the victory also clinched a quarterfinal bye and set up a showdown at Pepperdine for a share of the WCC title.
- In Malibu, the Zags battled through doubles play with two matches seeing a tiebreak, but the Waves won both pairs contests that finished...in singles, Pepperdine claimed all three that finished for the dual victory, but both Nevada Apollo and Sophie Whittle led their highly-ranked Waves foes by a set at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively.
SECOND FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR:
- This is the second consecutive year the Zags are the WCC Championships' No. 2 seed...last year, they finished second with a 6-3 record in conference play...they bettered that by a match this year at 7-2, their best-ever mark against the WCC.
- Gonzaga also received a bye to the WCC Championship semifinals last season, marking the first time the Bulldogs reached the penultimate round of the conference tournament...they fell to No. 3 Saint Mary's 4-0 in the semis.
- On Friday, the Bulldogs will face either No. 3 Saint Mary's or No. 6 BYU in the semifinals...the Zags beat both teams during the regular season, sweeping the Gaels 4-0 April 14 inside The Stevens Center and downing the Cougars 4-1 April 1 in Provo, Utah...Gonzaga won the doubles points in both of those matches, and the Zags also got singles victories from both Nevada Apollo and Domonique Garley.
A VERY SOPHOMORE ALL-WCC LIST:
- There are four sophomores that grace the Gonzaga lineup, and all four of them received postseason honors for their stellar play throughout the year...both Nevada Apollo and Sophie Whittle earned All-WCC First Team Singles consideration, becoming just the second and third Bulldogs in program history to earn the top singles honor.
- Whittle and Graciela Rosas became the second Zag pair to receive All-WCC First Team Doubles honors after Whittle and Samantha Polayes were the first last season...Apollo and partner Domonique Garley received All-WCC Doubles Honorable Mention after playing most of the season at No. 1 doubles for Gonzaga.
- This is the first year that multiple GU doubles pairs earned All-WCC honors...it's also the first year that four different Bulldogs received accolades...four total All-WCC awards (two singles, two doubles), is also a program high.
ZAGS IN THE CONFERENCE RANKINGS:
- Two Zags are among the top five in the WCC in dual wins...Graciela Rosas is tied for second with 14 wins this spring, and Domonique Garley is tied for fourth with 13...two more Zags Kate Ketels and Nevada Apollo are tied for 10th...Garley's 13-1 record (.929 win %) is tied for the best in the WCC, and Rosas is third at 14-2 (.875).
- Rosas and Sophie Whittle are the conference's only unbeaten doubles pair at 8-0...Kate Ketels and Haruna Tsuruta's record of 7-2 is tied for third-best (.778).
LAST MATCH'S STARTING LINEUP:
||All-WCC First Team Singles...12-3 in duals, 5-0 in WCC.
||All-WCC First Team Singles...9-3 in duals, 3-1 in WCC.
||Among WCC's top five in dual wins and win percentage.
||Clinched win at LMU with three-set victory.
||Tied for third with 12 dual wins among WCC freshmen.
||Tied for best dual win percentage (.929) in WCC.
||All-WCC Honorable Mention...13 matches at No. 1.
||Second doubles pair to earn All-WCC First Team honors.
||Forced tiebreaks in both matches last weekend.