Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NorCal teams go 0-4 in West Coast tourney openers

   All four Northern California teams in action today lost in the first round of the West Coast Conference Championships in San Diego.
   The seventh-seeded Santa Clara women (7-12) dropped a heartbreaker, 4-3 to 10th-seeded Loyola Marymount (5-19). With the overall match tied 3-3, Anna Romeka outlasted Danielle Silva 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 3 position.
   Also, the ninth-seeded San Diego women (4-14) triumphed 4-2 against eighth-seeded Pacific (8-13). 
   On the men's side, seventh-seeded BYU (10-17) rolled to a 4-1 victory over Saint Mary's (4-18), and ninth-seeded Gonzaga (11-10) romped 4-0 against eighth-seeded Santa Clara (9-13). It was the Bulldogs' first win in the WCC Championships since 2008.
   In Thursday's quarterfinals, the third-seeded USF women will face sixth-seeded Gonzaga, the fourth-seeded Saint Mary's women will take on fifth-seeded BYU, and the fourth-seeded Pacific men will meet fifth-seeded Portland.
   The top six seeds in both the men's and women's draws received first-round byes.

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