Feb. 1, 2006
Santa Clara, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's tennis team garnered their first victory of the 2006 season against fellow West Coast Conference rival Portland last Sunday and will look to gather momentum for the rest of the season. The Broncos had an excellent effort from all of the players and the effort and heart that went into the weekend road swing, which included matches at No. 27 Oregon and No. 75 Boise State, bodes well for the future of the program. The confidence that the team built up over their play on the weekend will help with their next up-coming matches this week, two home contests against Nevada and No. 69 UC Santa Barbara.
On Friday, Nevada comes to the Mission Campus for a 2 p.m. showdown with Santa Clara. With head coach Sylvain Malroux in his first year at the helm of the program, the Wolfpack have developed a new attacking identity out on the court. Leading the way will be senior Kristen Davenport, sophomore Audrey Bardot, and freshman Caroline Bailly. Thus far in 2006, Nevada is 1-2 with its lone victory coming against Weber State last Saturday.
"Nevada is going to be a tough challenge, as they have a new coach this year who has given the players a much more aggressive attitude on the court. Their team this year reminds me of the team I coached last season," said Coupe.
UC Santa Barbara visits the Degheri Tennis Center the following morning, with game time set for 10 a.m. As one of many ranked teams that the Broncos will face this year, the Gauchos are an experienced group of players and a quartet of seniors will lead the team in hopes of a victory. Leslie Damion, Chelsea Glynn, Marielle Gruening and Andrea Pintar all have the experience necessary to compete with Santa Clara, in addition to young talent like sophomore Charlotte Scatliffe. Pete Kirkwood is in his twelfth year as the head coach of the Gaucho program.
"UC Santa Barbara is ranked No. 69 with everyone back from last year. We had a tough battle with them last year and we feel we can definitely beat this team," commented Coupe. "It is going to be very competitive because their players are mentally tough and fight hard. It's going to be fun, for sure."
Added Coupe: "This weekend against Nevada and UCSB, we want to continue playing with a gutsy attitude of competing for every point and never letting down."