Feb. 24, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif.- The Broncos are scheduled to take on Portland and Loyola Marymount this weekend at Degheri Center. First serve times have been changed to accommodate the weather. The match versus Portland is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28th and the match versus Loyola Marymount is set to begin at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 1st.
The Broncos are currently 3-5 this season after last week's Rivalry Series win over San Jose State, 6-1. This will be the second and third WCC match of the season for the Broncos who are currently 0-1 in WCC conference play. "This is a big weekend for us because how we do this weekend prepares us for the draw in conference tournament matching," explained head coach Ben Cabell. "We want to try to get the best draw as possible, so our goals are pretty clear for these two matches."
The team is also looking forward to facing two WCC opponents at home. "It's a great advantage to be home this weekend. Both teams are good, but we know that we can beat them," said Cabell. "We are very fired up about Portland because we've lost to them twice in very close matches. We also have a very good shot against LMU with the way that we have been playing recently."
Last Time Out
The Broncos defeated local rival San Jose State 6-1 last Friday, February 19th. The Broncos swept all of the doubles matches against the Spartans to earn the doubles point for the day. The freshmen duo of Kacie Wagner and Kimmi Cox continue their three-game winning streak at the No. 3 doubles position, defeating Olivia Marshall and Jennifer Williams 8-2. In singles, the Broncos swept 5 of 6 matches to clinch the Rivalry Series win.
Last Match Against Portland
In their last match against Portland during the WCC Championships, the Broncos defeated the Pilots in a close 4-3 win on April 19, 2008. After winning the doubles point and fighting hard during singles play, it was sophomore Courtney Hull's singles victory at the No. 6 position that gave the Broncos the last point to win the heated match.
The Portland Pilots are currently 3-3 this season after their latest win against Portland State, 6-1. The Pilots are currently on a three-game winning streak and will face the Broncos after a two week hiatus from match play. The Pilots are coached by Susie Campbell Gross and are returning four players from last season, including junior All-West Coast Conference second team honoree Megan Sporndli.
Last Match Against Loyola Marymount
In their last match against Loyola Marymount during the WCC Championships, the Broncos fell 4-0 on April 21, 2008. Although senior Myra Davoudi won her doubles match, the Broncos were swept by the Lions in their remaining matches for the Lions to earn the win and a fifth place finish in the WCC.
Scouting Loyola Marymount
Loyola Marymount is current 1-5 this season, earning their first win of the season against Lousiana-Lafayette last week. The Lions consist of 4 juniors, 2 sophomores and two freshman, and one senior. Jamie Sanchez is in his 34th season as head coach of the Loyola Marymount women's tennis program