Feb. 1, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- The 2013 season is almost a week old and the first polls and rankings for the season have been released. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) published its regional rankings and LMU senior April Bisharat has been named a top-20 player in the Southwest region. In addition, the West Coast Conference released a poll of coaches' predictions for the season and the Lions are picked to finish sixth in the conference.
Bisharat joins a group of prestigious players from southern California which includes several from top-ranked teams at USC and UCLA. The senior is already has a straight sets singles win and a doubles win over Concordia in the young season. She went 9-2 in the fall in singles. Bisharat received All-WCC second team honors in singles and earned an All-WCC honorable mention in doubles last season.
The Lions are predicted to finish sixth in the conference this season. LMU was 9-15 overall last season, but went 5-3 in the WCC for fourth-place. Last year, the WCC coaches picked the team to finish sixth.
The Pepperdine women's tennis team was picked to finish first in the 2013 West Coast Conference preseason poll, as voted on by the conference head coaches. The Waves have won the WCC Championship the last two years running and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012 before being knocked out by then-No. 9 California.
Pepperdine tallied 61 points and six first place votes from the coaches around the conference, narrowly edging Saint Mary's, which garnered 56 points and three first place votes. San Diego rounded out the top three after collecting 54 points in this year's preseason standings.
Santa Clara and BYU followed closely behind with 40 points and 34 points, respectively. Of the top five teams, three are nationally-ranked by the ITA in No. T-33 Pepperdine, No. 40 Saint Mary's, and No. 49 San Diego.
Loyola Marymount took sixth with 28 points, while San Francisco, Gonzaga and Portland rounded out the coaches' poll.
The women's preseason all-conference team was distributed among four teams. Pepperdine claimed thee on the list in junior Ale Granillo, sophomore Lorraine Guillermo, and redshirt-senior Khunpak Issara. Guillermo and Issara combined to claim WCC Doubles of the Month honors in October and November of 2012 after posting a 7-2 doubles record this fall. Meanwhile, Granillo posted a 4-2 singles record in the fall of 2012 including a win over the then-No. 58 ranked player in the country.
Saint Mary's, San Diego and Santa Clara each had one player on the preseason list in Gaels junior Jenny Jullien, Toreros junior Anna Depenau, and Broncos junior, and 2012 WCC Player of the Year, Katie Le. Both Jullien and Depenau earned first team All-WCC honors in 2012. Meanwhile, Le was named WCC Player of the Month for November 2012.
This spring will mark the second season all nine WCC women's tennis teams will compete in a single round robin regular season schedule. The Lions return to the courts Friday, Feb. 1 to host Long Beach State at the LMU Tennis Center at 1:30 p.m.
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2013 WCC Women's Tennis Preseason Poll
1. Pepperdine - 61 (6)
2. Saint Mary's - 56 (3)
3. San Diego - 54
4. Santa Clara - 40
5. BYU - 34
6. Loyola Marymount - 28
7. San Francisco - 26
8. Gonzaga - 16
9. Portland - 9
(First place votes)
2013 Preseason All-Conference Team
Anna Depenau, USD
Ale Granillo, PEP
Lorraine Guillermo, PEP
Khunpak Issara, PEP
Jenny Jullien, SMC
Katie Le, SCU