Jan. 18, 2008
Santa Clara continues its tough, early season schedule next week as the team goes on the road to compete against No. 42 Arizona and Northern Arizona. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Broncos play the Arizona Wildcats at the Robson Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz. at 2:00 p.m. PT. Following that match, SCU travels to Flagstaff, Ariz. where they will meet Northern Arizona's Lumberjacks for dual match on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 11:00 a.m.
Santa Clara fell in their season opener 7-0 against No. 64 Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo last Sunday, Jan. 13. It was a difficult opening match for the Broncos as Cal Poly is a tough team which featured four players in the fall FILA rankings. Freshmen Ashley Pane, Carmen Pham and Courtney Hull gained experience at Nos. 4, 5, and 6 respectively, where each had three-set matches, taking the first set but falling in the next two.
Galainena Plays at Top Spot
Junior Stephanie Galainena played at the No. 1 position in the lineup last Sunday during the Broncos' match against Cal Poly. She has not played in this position since she played four matches at the top spot in 2006.
McBride Competes at No. 2
Senior Lindsay McBride competed at the second position in the line up when the Broncos met Cal Poly last Sunday. She has never before played at this position in her career at SCU.
Last Match Against Northern Arizona
The Broncos last played Northern Arizona on April 14, 2005 in one of the last home matches of the season. The Broncos defeated the Lumberjacks 6-1. Five of SCU's singles players won their matches, and the team swept up the doubles matches for the point.
Coach Ben Cabell, on the start of the season: "It's been tough not to have much time to practice before the start of the season after break. There were only ten days of practice after the break before we had our first match started. They focused on working a lot on their own off the court over break."
Cabell, on match against Cal Poly: "I'm really happy with the way last weekend went. Cal Poly is a great team and we had a chance to win every match down the line, even without our best lineup. We had some close matches so the next step is to turn those into wins."
Cabell, on the freshmen's play: "The freshmen did great last weekend. We have a young team so we need the freshmen to play in a bunch of matches to get them some more experience."
Cabell, on Arizona: "The toughest part of this season is that early on we're up against some nationally ranked teams. It's a tough start, but it's going to make us stronger by the end of the season. Up next we're against Arizona which is also nationally ranked. This will be our first test as a team."