SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Though the Saint Mary's women's tennis team battled every step of the way, the Gaels dropped a 4-0 decision to Pepperdine Saturday in the final of the West Coast Conference Championships at Barnes Tennis Center.
The Gaels will find out Tuesday whether or not they will be invited to the NCAA Tournament as an at-large entrant. Saint Mary's owns a 13-9 record and is ranked No. 40 nationally.
Pepperdine got an early leg up on Saturday by earning the doubles point. The Waves won at No. 1 and 2 to take the point and gain momentum heading into singles.
That momentum continued well into singles play, as Pepperdine won at No. 2 and 3 to go up 3-0.
Facing long odds, there was no quit in Saint Mary's.
Down a set already, No. 1 singles player Jenny Jullien rallied to take the second 6-3, extending her match and the Gaels' chances.
Meanwhile, the Gaels were working hard at the bottom of the lineup. Catherine Leduc won the first set in her match at No. 5, and Jade Frampton gutted out a marathon tiebreaker to win the first set at No. 4. Audrey Leitz also won her first set at No. 6, planting the comeback seed for the Gaels.
The match would eventually end on court one, as Lorraine Guillermo pulled out a 6-3 win in the third set for the Waves to clinch their win.