After a tough six-game road trip, the Gonzaga women’s tennis team (7-8, 2-2 West Coast Conference) returned home to the Stevens Center and defeated University of San Francisco (8-7, 1-2 WCC) by a score of 4-0 on Friday.
Head coach D.J. Gurule was excited to be back in Spokane and get the team's first victory since March 3.
“Obviously, coming back [to GU] is great,” Gurule said. “Our girls refocused in and thought about what’s next … that’s our mentality going forward.”
It wasn’t an easy road trip for the Zags, as they faced five top-40 opponents and lost all six matches. The losing streak dropped GU out of the top 50 ITA rankings, but it helped prepare the team for the remainder of its season.
“I’ll take full credit for that tough road trip," Gurule said. "But we played really quality teams, which is what we needed to do."
In doubles, the Zags secured the point with strong performances on each court. The doubles team of seniors Sophie Whittle and Graciela Rosas, ranked No. 21 in the country, won their match 6-1 to improve to 16-1 on the season. Freshman Vlada Medvedcova and senior Domonique Garley won 6-1 as well.
The Zags didn’t slow down in singles play. Medvedcova looked dominant in her match against the Dons’ Margarita Treyes, winning 6-0, 6-1, to improve her overall record to 9-4 on the year. Minutes later, junior Haruna Tsuruta eased her way to a 6-2, 6-1 victory on her court to put the Zags up 3-0 in the match.
To finish the match and secure the win for the Zags, Garley defeated USF’s Rita Colyer 6-2, 6-0. Although they were all up in their matches, Whittle, Rosas, and junior Kate Ketels never finished due to the clinching point by Garley.
“We’re a really quality team,” Gurule said. “I think that showed today.”
Although the Zags enjoy being home, they have two road matches next weekend against conference opponents Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.
“We have two tough road trips coming up, but we will be ready for that,” Gurule said. “A little bit of home cooking will be good for us though.”