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Athletics Roundup: Men's Tennis Wins WCC Tourney; Women's Tennis, Golf, Track, Rowing, Baseball, Softball

Gui Osorio, WCC Men's Tennis Player of the YearThe USD men's tennis team captured its sixth consecutive West Coast Conference Tournament title on Saturday afternoon in Claremont, Calif. The Toreros defeated Santa Clara, 4-1, in the title match.

The West Coast Conference Tournament over the weekend provided different results for the University of San Diego men and women's tennis teams — the men won their sixth straight WCC Tournament championship with a 4-1 win over Santa Clara while the women's team, having its best regular season since 2012, lost 4-3 to Gonzaga in the WCC semifinals. Today, though, both are primed for action, at least to find out what's next.

The teams, their coaches and supporters will gather in the Warren Hospitality Suite atop the Jenny Craig Pavilion to learn their NCAA Tournament fates this afternoon. The men, who clinched the WCC's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, will find out where they're headed when the bracket is announced at 3 p.m. The women will learn if they're in the bracket when it is revealed at 3:30 p.m.

It's certainly been a whirlwind season for both teams. Both have enjoyed big win streaks, both have beaten quality opposition and both have been ranked nationally. Early last week the All-WCC teams and special awards were handed out and both were well represented.

On the men's side, Gui Osorio was named the WCC Player of the Year, Ryan Keckley was named WCC Coach of the Year and seven players combined for nine honors. Osorio and August Holmgren were both first-team singles selections, Joel Gamerov and David Norfeldt were singles honorable mentions. In doubles, the teams of Nico Borter and Osorio and Gamerov and Holmgren were first-team selections and honorable mention doubles went to the team of Guus Koevermans and Norfeldt.

The women won two special individual awards, too. Sherri Stephens was named WCC Coach of the Year and first-year sensation, Solymar Colling, was named WCC Freshman Player of the Year. Colling was the Toreros' lone first-team singles selection and Gemma Garcia was a singles honorable mention. Colling and doubles partner Maria-Paula Torres were selected for first-team doubles while Kati Kukaras and Garcia were doubles honorable mention.

Then it was all business on Friday and Saturday at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif., for the WCC tournaments. Both USD teams earned byes into the semifinals. The men, seeded first, dispatched Loyola Marymount 4-2 in the semifinal Friday and then topped No. 6 Santa Clara in Saturday's title match.

Versus LMU, USD won the doubles point on wins by the teams of Garret Kurtz-Pratt Keerasuntonpong and Norfeldt-Gamerov. In singles, LMU won at No. 4 and 6 singles, but Holmgren, Osorio and Borter won to secure the win and title-match berth.

Against Santa Clara, the doubles point again went to the Toreros on victories by Holmgren-Gamerov and Osorio-Borter. In singles, Santa Clara won at No. 6, but USD took the next three matches on wins by Holmgren, Osorio and Norfeldt. The victory gave USD its sixth consecutive WCC Tournament title and the program's ninth overall. The victory improved USD's win streak to six, 14 of its last 15 and at 20-4, USD has now reached 20 wins for the third time in five seasons.

The women's team, seeded second, dropped the heartbreaking decision to Gonzaga, building a 3-0 lead before the Bulldogs rallied for four straight singles victory. USD won the doubles on the strength of wins by the Garcia-Kukaras team and Daniela Morales and Maria Tyrina. Tyrina and Morales also won their singles matches before Gonzaga's rally. The loss snapped USD's three-match win streak and dropped the Toreros' overall record to 17-4.

Golf

The USD men's golf team finish ninth out of nine teams competing in the West Coast Conference Championship Tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton, Calif., but there were some highlights.

Yash Majmudar had the top weekend performance for USD, carding rounds of 73 and 76 before shooting a 72 on Saturday for a 5-over-par 221 total and a top 25 spot. His low round helped USD shoot its lowest team round of the tournament with a 296. USD shot 301 on the first day and 304 on the second, leading to a 901 overall, 37-over-par total.

Majmudar's teammates all finished between 37th and 41st place. George Gardner went 75-72-81 for a 12-over 228 for 37th, followed by David Ricciardelli (38th, 13-over 229, 78-77-74), Evan Kawai (tied for 39th, 14-over-230, 75-80-75) and Camilo Mexsen (41st, 17-over 233, 79-79-75).

Women's Track

The USD women's track team competed at the annual Steve Scott Invitational at the University of California, Irvine, on Saturday and came away with five heat victories, seven second-place finishes and one third-place finish.

Hannah Rasmussen won her 800-meter heat in a season-best time of 2 minutes, 15.15 seconds. Cammy Manes nearly broke her own school record in the 800, finishing second in a different heat in 2:13.71. Other top marks in the 800 were turned in by Sera Parvin (2:15.82) and Jessica Ong (2:15.96).

The 1,500 was another highlight for the USD runners. Manes ran it in 4:39.48 to win her heat while Molly Klein's 4:44.03 was good enough to win her heat. Rasmussen was next at 4:44.27 and Cassidy Kuhn finished in 4:45.57.

Two other events with Toreros had Kate Kohler running the 400 meters in 59.94 seconds and Madi Coli had a personal-best time of 19:20.19 in the 5,000 meters event.

Next Meet: USD at Occidental College Invitational, May 11, Eagle Rock, Calif.

Rowing — Men and Women

Both the men and women USD rowing teams traveled to Lake Natoma near Sacramento to compete in the annual Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships on April 27-28.

Both teams had some strong performances in heat races and a few finals on Saturday. The men's Varsity 4 won its heat race on Saturday and then finished fourth overall in Sunday's finals. The men's Novice 4 took third in the finals race as well as fourth place in the Petite Varsity 8 race final.

For the women's team, three teams finished second in finals races on Sunday -- the Varsity 8, the Varsity 4 and the Novice 4. The Varsity 8 B team was fourth in its finals race on Sunday.

Next Races: USD Men at Western Sprints Championships, May 18, Sacramento, Calif.; USD Women at West Coast Conference Championships, May 18, Lake Natoma, Calif.

Baseball

The USD baseball team had a tough week at home and on the road, posting a 1-4 record with mid-week losses at Fowler Park to San Diego State 4-2 on April 23 and 5-2 against Hawaii on April 24 and then losing two of three West Coast Conference games at Saint Mary's. The lone win came in the series finale on April 28.

The Toreros lost 20-0 to Saint Mary's on Friday, getting only three hits offensively. On Saturday, Saint Mary rallied from a 2-0 deficit with five runs in the seventh and another run in the eighth to double up and defeat USD, 6-3. The Toreros only had five hits in this loss.

Sunday's 8-5 series finale win was a breakout game for the Toreros with 13 hits. Josh Hendrickson pitched 4.2 innings of relief to earn the victory. He allowed two hits, no walks and struck out three. Tora Otsuka had a bases-loaded double to drive in three, Shane McGuire had two hits, including a two-run single and Chris McCready and Cody Jefferis each had two hits.

The Toreros' record is now 26-19 overall and 10-11 in the WCC. 

Next Games: USD at Santa Clara, Friday-Saturday-Sunday, 6 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 1 p.m.

Softball

The USD softball team travelled to Provo, Utah and came back home having been swept by BYU in a three-game series. The losses — a doubleheader on April 26 in which BYU won 8-0 in six innings in the opener and then a 15-2 win in five innings in the nightcap. Lauren Hendrickson's pinch-hit two-run single was USD's biggest offensive play of the day. Saturday's single game was a 7-1 BYU victory with the only run scored on a solo home run by Sophia Bjerk.

The losses dropped USD's record to 19-24 overall, 3-6 in the WCC. USD has lost its last six games and hasn't won since a 5-4, 10-inning home game April 10 against San Diego State.

Next Games: USD hosts Santa Clara, Saturday (doubleheader), noon and 2 p.m., Sunday, noon. All games at the USD Softball Complex.  

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