April 5, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif.- UP NEXT: No. 45 San Diego State (12-6), Wednesday, April 6th, 1:30 p.m., @ Hogan Tennis Center
Oregon (7-11), Saturday, April 9th, 10:00 a.m. @ Hogan Tennis Center
LAST TIME OUT: The 24th-ranked Toreros (14-4, 3-2 WCC) topped Loyola Marymount 6-1 at home on April 2nd. USD swept doubles play and won all five of their singles matches in straight sets. Sophomore Laura Claus earned the clinching win at No. 3 by defeating Miya Jin 6-1, 6-4. Sophomore Stephanie Hoffpauir fell at No. 1 to April Bisharat, 7-6, 5-7, 11-9, for the lone Torero loss of the day.
WHO'S HOT?: Sophomore Laura Claus has established a new career-long winning streak by winning her last 10 singles matches. The 2011 preseason All-WCC honoree is 18-6 on the year and 4-1 in West Coast Conference play.
LOOKING AHEAD AT THE AZTECS: San Diego State enters with a 12-6 overall record and a No. 45 ranking. The Aztecs swept Air Force 7-0 this past Saturday in Las Vegas, NV. Roxanne Ellison and Sierra Ellison are ranked 51st in doubles, while Alicia Aguilar and Julia Wais are at No. 74.
The Toreros are 11-22 all-time against SDSU, including a 5-11 record at home. The Aztecs took last year's contest 5-2 at SDSU, with the Toreros' last win coming in 2009 at home by a score of 4-3. USD is 3-1 in singles contests against the Aztecs earlier this season in fall tournament play and 2-2 in doubles matches.
LOOKING AHEAD AT THE DUCKS: Oregon comes into the week with a 7-11 record after falling to then-No. 6 UCLA 6-1 this past Saturday at home. Pavlina Smatova is currently ranked 116th in singles.
USD is 3-6 in the all-time series with Oregon and 2-5 at home. The Ducks won the last meeting in 2009 4-3 in Eugene, OR. The last Torero victory was in 2003 when USD earned a 4-3 win at home over the Ducks. Juliette Coupez lost to Oregon's Pavlina Smatova, ranked 80th at the time, 6-4, 7-5 on November 7th in the Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, AZ.
TOREROS IN THE RANKINGS:
The Toreros held firm at No. 24 for the second-consecutive week, according to the Campbell/ITA rankings released on Tuesday, April 5th. This marks the fourth-straight week the Toreros have been ranked in the top-25. The last time USD finished the season in the top-25 was in 1996 when the Toreros finished at No. 25 with a 15-9 record, while losing in the first round of the NCAA championships. Sophomore Stephanie Hoffpauir
is currently ranked 75th in singles and Hoffpauir and junior Juliette Coupez
are ranked 63rd in doubles.
STREAKS ABOUND: The Toreros are in the midst of a seven-match winning streak, three shy of USD's all-time record of 10-straight wins, which was accomplished by the 1983 team. Aside from Claus's 10-match singles winning streak, junior Juliette Coupez has also set a new personal career-long with her seventh-consecutive win this past Saturday. Freshman Anna Depenau is also on a seven-match winning streak of her own and sophomore Josymar Escalona has won four in a row.
TOREROS TABBED THIRD IN WCC: USD was picked to finish third in the West Coast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll released on Tuesday, Feb. 15th. The Toreros received 37 points overall, coming in behind conference-favorite Saint Mary's, who garnered five first-place votes and 47 points overall, and second-place Pepperdine, who had three first-place votes and 45 points overall. Behind USD in the poll was Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount, who gathered 30 and 24 points, respectively, followed by San Francisco at sixth place, with 17 points, Portland at seventh place with 15 points and Gonzaga rounding it out with nine points.
CLAUS NAMED PRESEASON ALL-WCC: Sophomore Laura Claus was the only Torero selected to the preseason All-WCC team after earning second-team All-WCC singles honors in 2010 while posting a 13-11 dual match mark as the Toreros' exclusive No. 2.
NEW FACES: The Toreros welcome five newcomers to the 2010-2011 squad. Sophomore Cara Brown (South Bend, Ind.) transfers in this year from Washington State University where she posted a singles record of 6-3 during the 2009 fall season. Sophomore Stephanie Hoffpauir (Escondido, Calif.) transferred this January from UCLA where she went 25-9 overall in singles for the Bruins, including a 12-4 dual mark playing primarily at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions. She also tallied a 10-5 doubles record overall. Sophomore Josymar Escalona (Caracas, Venezuela) comes to USD after receiving a No. 7 ranking from the Confederation of South American Tennis, a No. 200 ITF ranking, and a No. 670 WTA ranking in high school. Freshman Anna Depenau (Geilenkirchen, Germany) joins the team after earning a No. 3 ranking among her age group in Germany as a junior player, in addition to earning a No. 97 ranking among all German women. Finally, freshman Idil Haciraifoglu (Izmir, Turkey) joined the Torero squad in January after a succesful junior career and is expected to add depth to the USD lineup.
2009-2010 REVIEW: The Toreros finished 13-12 overall in dual match play with a final ITA ranking of No. 65. Laura Claus garnered second-team All-WCC singles honors after posting a 13-11 dual match record, while Marite Raygada was named All-WCC honorable mention, going 19-4 in singles. Juliette Coupez and Maja Sujica earned second-team All-WCC honors in doubles after they went 11-7 and finished with a ranking of No. 70. Claus and senior Justine Perl earned honorable mention honors in doubles as well. The Toreros strung together a season-high four-match winning streak from Mar. 11th to Mar. 17th and posted a record of 3-10 against ranked opponents, including a 4-1 win over No. 28 Louisiana State on Jan. 30th.
WCC TOURNAMENT: The 2011 WCC Championships will again be held at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif. Apr. 21st-23rd.
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HEAD COACH Sherri Stephens: Sherri Stephens enters her 27th season at USD after notching her 300th career win last season. Since taking over in 1984 Stephens has led nine teams to NCAA tournament appearances, including eight seasons in which the Toreros finished in the nation's top-25, with a high finish of #14 in 1989. Five of Stephens' players have earned All-American honors and was named 1994 USTA Female Coach of the Year. Stephens is a native of Phoenix, Ariz. and competed collegiately at the University of Arizona.