MORAGA, Calif. -- With just five matches left in the regular season, the chase for the West Coast Conference title begins in earnest Tuesday for the Saint Mary's women's tennis team with a 10 a.m. match against visiting San Diego.
No. 52-ranked Saint Mary's (8-6, 3-0 WCC) continues to lead the conference standings, but No. 45 San Diego (7-6, 2-0) sits just a half game back entering Tuesday's match.
The Gaels hosted a pair of highly ranked teams last week, dropping a tough 4-3 decision to No. 25 Tulsa and defeating No. 26 Oklahoma 5-2.
In the win over Oklahoma, the Gaels managed to pull out a few tough wins to turn the tide.
One came at No. 1 singles, where Jenny Jullien won 7-5, 7-6 over Hermon Brhane. Ranked No. 18 in the country, Jullien is currently the WCC's highest-ranked player.
Saint Mary's also pulled out a pair of three-set thrillers, with Danielle Flores and Catherine Leduc continuing their strong play at No. 3 and 5 singles, respectively. Jade Frampton rounded out the Gaels' success in singles with a win at No. 4.
Moraga is the third stop in a three-match road trip for San Diego. The Toreros opened the WCC season with wins at Gonzaga and Portland over the weekend.
Leading the way atop the lineup this season has been senior Laura Claus. The native of Wiesbaden, Germany enters Tuesday's match ranked No. 87 in the country, and should line up opposite Jullien on court one.
Saint Mary's continues WCC play on Saturday when it hosts BYU at 11 a.m.