March 1, 2007
The No. 64 Santa Clara Broncos men's tennis team hosts the Portland Pilots on Friday, March 2 at the Degheri Tennis Center to conclude its five-match homestand. SCU is undefeated through the first four matches. The West Coast Conference match begins at 2:30 p.m. PT. The Broncos then take to the road for another WCC test against the No. 72 Saint Mary's Gaels on Sunday, March 4 at 12 noon. Sunday's match is the first of three straight on the road for the Broncos.
Santa Clara twice had its dual match against the San Francisco Dons postponed due to rain. On Feb. 22, the Broncos and Dons tangled at the Degheri Tennis Center, but with Santa Clara leading in five out of six singles matches the match was called due to rain. The match was postponed once again on Feb. 27 before starting after another rain storm swept through Santa Clara. The match will now be played on Wednesday, April 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Degheri Tennis Center.
Santa Clara has won five straight matches following its 6-1 win over UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 19. The Broncos last five-game win streak occurred during the 2005 season when SCU won five in a row from March 4-April 2, defeating Hawai'i, Oregon, Eastern Washington, New Orleans and Denver. The Broncos have not won six in a row since a 12-game winning streak from March 2-April 7, 2002.
Broncos Move Up To 64
Santa Clara made a leap in the national rankings, going from No. 73 to No. 64 in the latest FILA rankings. The No. 64 ranking is the Broncos highest for the program since the 2002 season when they reached No. 55 in the nation. It is the third highest ranking in program history.
Macek/Rasmussen and McQuaid/Shields Moving Up Record Books
The doubles teams of Jan Macek/Bobby Rasmussen and Kevin McQuaid/Blane Shields are moving up the record books in career doubles victories. McQuaid and Shields won a school record 20 matches last year to move to No. 4 all-time in doubles wins. The pair has won five matches this year and are now tied with Tony Del Rosario and Frank Seitz for third all-time with 25 wins. Macek and Rasmussen started the year with 18 career wins together and have burst out of the gate this spring, posting a 13-2 record so far to move into sole possession of second place all-time with 31 wins. Macek and Rasmussen are still 16 wins away from the all-time leaders, Marcell Hlousek and Jeremy Testwuide, who won 47 matches together at SCU.
Rasmussen Aiming For Top-10 In Singles
Senior Bobby Rasmussen has gotten off to a fantastic start to the spring season in singles, posting a 9-4 record to move his career singles record to 54-48. He is now within two victories of catching Marcel Hlousek for eighth all-time in career singles wins.
Wong Super Frosh
Freshmen Jay Wong continues to have an outstanding first season on the Mission Campus. The San Jose native has won seven singles matches in a row to push his record to 21-6 on the year. He is now tied for seventh all-time in single-season singles wins. The all-time record for wins in a season is 30, accomplished by Francisco Zepponi when he posted a 30-8 record in 2002. Wong's .778 winning percentage is currently second all-time behind Zepponi's .789 winning percentage in 2002.
The Santa Clara men's tennis team has achieved a number of notable firsts this season on the courts. The team defeated UC Irvine for the first time in program history on Feb. 4, earning a 6-1 win. The team's win over the University of Arizona on Feb. 10 contained a pair of firsts. The Broncos had never beaten Arizona in the past and they had not beaten a Pac-10 team on the road. However, SCU accomplished both tasks with its 4-3 victory.
Bronco tennis fans can now follow all home matches live on SantaClaraBroncos.com with live scoring for all matches. Fans can find the link to live scoring on the men's tennis schedule page or on the men's tennis home page under Bronco Bits. To view live scoring, fans must download Java Run Time software from Sun Microsystems, a free web download at java.com.
Last Match vs. Portland
George Husack's squad traveled to Portland and took down the Pilots 6-1 for its first road win of the year on Jan. 29, 2006. All three doubles teams won their matches to get SCU out to a quick 1-0 lead and the team's excellent play carried over into singles. No. 4 Rasmussen, No. 5 Tommy Hicks and No. 6 A.J. Kerin swept to straight set wins following a loss by Kevin McQuaid at No. 3. Brian Brogan had a three-set win at No. 2 and Jan Macek capped the day with a come-from-behind 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Matthew Loucks.
Portland has started off the 2007 season with a 5-3 record and was ranked No. 75 last week, before falling out of the current FILA rankings. The Pilots are on a two-match winning streak after sweeping Linfield (7-0) and Whitman (5-2) on Feb. 24. The team has also beaten Gonzaga (6-1), Idaho (6-1) and UC Santa Barbara (6-1). After close losses to Oregon (4-3) and Brigham Young (5-2), the Pilots were swept 7-0 by Washington on Feb. 16.
Last Match vs. Saint Mary's
With three starters out, the Broncos fell to Saint Mary's 4-2 on April 17, 2006. The Broncos took the doubles point to get out to a 1-0 lead, but the Gaels took four singles matches to earn the WCC win. A.J. Kerin was the only Bronco to win, earning a 6-3, 6-3 win over Adam Fauvre at No. 3. In the first match of 2006 between the teams on March 13, SCU took home a 5-2 win in Moraga. Kevin McQuaid and Blane Shields and Brian Brogan and Jan Macek won doubles to earn the point and Santa Clara swept the first four positions with Macek, McQuaid and Hicks winning in straight sets and Brogan pulling out a three-setter.
Scouting Saint Mary's
The Saint Mary's Gaels are 6-4 overall in 2007 after defeating Sonoma State 6-1 on Feb. 28. The Gaels are currently riding a four-match winning streak, beating Gonzaga (5-2), San Francisco (4-3), Nevada (4-1) and Sonoma State. However, prior to the current streak, Saint Mary's had dropped four consecutive matches. Individually, Andre Sion has gotten off to a hot start, winning seven out of nine matches at the No. 2 slot.
SCU has already played eight ranked opponents this season, Boise State (25), California (18), Pepperdine (9), UC Irvine (74), Arizona State (57), Arizona (72), Hawai'i (73) and Oregon (75). Those rankings were at the time of the match. SCU will play its ninth ranked opponent on March 4, No. 72 Saint Mary's. The Broncos played only 10 ranked opponents all of last season.