Tigers close out regular season at home

Tigers close out regular season at home

Pacific women's tennis wraps up the regular season at home this weekend with two matches at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis center starting with a match against BYU on Friday at noon. The regular season finale is set for Saturday at noon against No. 36 San Diego. Pacific will honor its four seniors, Jessica Kaye, Anneroos Nederstigt, Ioana Popescu and Sabrina Rodriguez.

Six teams qualify for the West Coast Conference Championships in Claremont, and the odds are stacked against the Tigers to get in, but the team is down but not out. The Tigers come into the weekend at 1-6 in the WCC and tied for ninth place. Despite that, Pacific is not mathematically eliminated from potentially getting into sixth. They'd need to win both matches this weekend and have a litany of results go their way around the Conference this weekend to get in.

While qualification for the WCC Championships is a longshot, the Tigers have a great opportunity to end the season on a high note in front of their home fans.

Individually, the Tigers can wrap up the regular season on a high. One such Tiger would be sophomore Dohee Lee who enters the final weekend riding a six-match win-streak which dates back to Feb. 24 when she suffered her last loss to Cal Poly. If Lee wins both matches this weekend, she will go 8-3 in dual matches this season.

In doubles, junior Karina Vyrlan and Ramos Vinolas could potentially finish the regular season at 9-1 in doubles and 5-1 in WCC play.

MATCH DAY INFO

BYU at Pacific

Date: Friday, April 19 | 12 p.m.

Location: Stockton, Calif.

Venue: Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center

Weather: Mostly cloudy | high of 86, low of 54

 

#36 San Diego at Pacific

Date: Saturday, April 20 | 12 p.m.

Location: Stockton, Calif.

Venue: Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center

Weather: Mostly sunny | high of 73, low of 50

Promotions: Senior day: come out to give our four seniors, Anneroos Nederstigt, Ioana Popescu, Sabrina Rodriguez and Jessica Kaye

Scouting the Cougars

BYU enters the weekend at 10-9 overall and 3-4 in the West Coast Conference. The Cougars have struggled in recent matches however winning just one of their last five matches.

While the team has struggled in its recent matches, one of their players, Polina Malykh, has not. She's won 13-straight matches in singles and is 13-1 on court two. She will likely take on Pacific's hottest player, Dohee Lee on Friday if both players remain at court two. The only other Cougar with a winning record in singles is Madeline Almeida who is 10-6 on the year.

In doubles, Almeida and Malykh are 12-5 together on the season and 9-5 on court two. Taylah Beckman and Samantha Smith have put together a strong season as BYU's third duo, they're 10-7 on court three.

Scouting the Toreros

At 15-3 and 6-1 in the West Coast Conference, San Diego checks in at No. 36 in the ITA/Oracle Collegiate Tennis Rankings this week and at second in the West Coast Conference. San Diego suffered its first loss since February last weekend against No. 8 Pepperdine.

In singles, Solymar Colling has a national ranking of her own. She is 59th in the nation thanks to her 12-4 record in dual matches this year. She is undefeated in WCC play. All of her matches have come at No. 1 singles. Kati Kukaras is 9-6 this spring in singles and is riding a six-match win streak. She's 7-2 on court four. Gemma Garcia is 8-3 in singles and Maria-Paula Torres is 10-7.

In doubles, Torres and Colling are ranked as a duo at No. 65 in the nation. They dropped down 11 spots from 54th last week. They're 10-3 in doubles this season. All of their matches have come on court one. Garcia and Kukaras have played all of their matches on court three and are red-hot. They're riding a 14-match win streak and have lost once all season.