March 24, 2007

Santa Clara Loses Close Match To Portland On Senior Day 5-2

March 24, 2007

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's tennis team lost a tightly-contested West Coast Conference match to the Portland Pilots 5-2. Seniors Casey Knutson and Kim Daniel won their singles matches on Senior Day, but the Broncos lost three three-set matches to the Pilots. Santa Clara is now 5-5 on the season.

The doubles pair of Knutson and Erika Barnes continued to play well as they defeated Jenna Tanzer and Megan Sporndli 9-7. However, Lindsay McBride and Stephanie Galainena and Kim Daniel and Myra Davoudi dropped their matches at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively and Portland grabbed the doubles point.

Knutson and Daniel won their singles matches in straight sets to get two quick points for the Broncos in singles. Daniel is now 7-1 in singles in the dual season and the victory was the second straight for Knutson.

At No. 2, Davoudi fell 6-3, 7-6 (3) and the remaining three matches all went to the third set, but SCU could not win any of them. McBride went up a set on Court 3, but could not hold on, falling 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, while Galainena also fell after winning the first set. Barnes' match came down to a third set tiebreaker against Anna Gullickson at No. 5 singles. Gullickson proved to be too tough in the end, capturing the tiebreak 7-3.

Santa Clara gets back in action on Sunday, March 25 against the Saint Mary's Gaels. The match begins at 12 noon in Moraga.

Portland def. Santa Clara 5-2
Doubles:
1. SCU Casey Knutson/Erika Barnes def. POR Jenna Tanzer/Megan Sporndli 9-7
2. POR Lindsey Griffin/Audree Jenks def. SCU Lindsay McBride/Stephanie Galainena 8-3
3. POR Christina Feyen/Katie Kennel def. SCU Kim Daniel/Myra Davoudi 8-6

Singles:
1. SCU Casey Knutson def. POR Christina Feyen 6-2, 6-4
2. POR Megan Sporndli def. SCU Myra Davoudi 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
3. POR Lindsey Griffin def. SCU Lindsay McBride 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
4. SCU Kim Daniel def. POR Jenna Tanzer 6-4, 6-4
5. POR Anna Gullickson def. SCU Erika Barnes 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3)
6. POR Audree Jenks def. SCU Stephanie Galainena 4-6, 6-1, 6-2