April 27, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's tennis team avenged their earlier loss to No. 41 Saint Mary's and advanced to the finals of the West Coast Conference Championships following their 4-2 victory over the No. 2 seed Gaels on Friday afternoon from the Barnes Tennis Center. The Toreros got back at SMC for ending their regular season with a 4-3 home loss on Apr. 21.
Friday, however, proved a much more positive contest overall for the 71st-ranked Toreros (12-9, 8-2 WCC), who are the No. 3 seed in the tournament. While Saint Mary's (14-7, 7-2 WCC) won the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3, the Toreros bounced back to control singles play with four wins. USD's No. 2 tandem of Maja Sujica and Anna Depenau had their 18-match doubles winning streak snapped with their 8-5 loss.
Highlighting the singles action for the Toreros was Juliette Coupez, who defeated No. 86 Jenny Jullien in a tight match at No. 1, and No. 112 Depenau, who clinched the match with her victory at No. 4. Coupez rallied back after losing the first set 4-6 to capture the second set handily at 6-1. In the deciding frame, Coupez mustered enough momentum to pull out the 7-6 (4) third-set win for her team-leading 22nd singles victory of the season.
Depenau had her momentum slowed down after she won the first set 6-3 but lost the second 3-6. She was able to battle back and close out the win and the match with a 7-6 third-set victory.
Laura Claus picked up the first singles victory of the day for USD with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3, while Marite Raygada earned a singles win with a 2-6, 6-0, 6-4 victory at No. 5.
USD will have a rematch with No. 1 seed Pepperdine for the WCC title, mirroring the 2011 championship matchup which the Waves won, 4-2. On Apr. 6 of this season, Pepperdine, currently ranked 38th, defeated USD 7-0 in Malibu.
Saturday's final is set to begin at 12:30 pm from the Barnes Tennis Center.