SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- For the second straight day, the Saint Mary's women's tennis team turned a strong start in doubles into a lopsided victory as the Gaels rolled to a 4-0 win over San Francisco in a quarterfinal match at the West Coast Conference Championships at Barnes Tennis Center.
The win means No. 3 seeded Saint Mary's moves on to Friday's semifinal round, and the Gaels will return to Barnes Tennis Center with No. 2 BYU waiting for them. The match is set for a 12:30 p.m. start.
Saint Mary's (14-7) got Wednesday's win over Pacific started with a strong doubles session and Thursday's match against No. 6 San Francisco (16-8) followed the same script. Danielle Flores and Jade Frampton were strong at No. 2 yet again, improving to 7-1 as a team this season with an 8-2 win over Sofia Holmberg and Thyra Taune.
Catherine Leduc and Jamie Pawid rolled to their second win in as many days to clinch the point, defeating Milica Hadzi-Tanovic and Brooke Irish 8-3 at No. 3. The Dons held the lead at No. 1 but that match was stopped when Leduc and Pawid finished their match.
In singles, Frampton kept the momentum rolling with a dominant performance at No. 5. Her 6-1, 6-0 win over Hadzi-Tanovic made the score 2-0 in favor of the Gaels, and that advantage moved to 3-0 when Jullien, the No. 9-ranked player in the country, finished off a 6-0, 6-2 win over Andrea Ka at No. 1.
The middle of the order featured three competitive matches but they all went unfinished when Parminder Kaur brought the match to a close with a convincing win at No. 6. The freshman, who has played tremendous tennis down the stretch for the Gaels, beat Brooke Irish 6-0, 6-4 to give Saint Mary's its fourth point of the day and punch the team's ticket to Friday's semifinal.
Saint Mary's will enter Friday's contest looking for a measure of revenge after the Cougars beat the Gaels 5-2 on March 22 in Provo. On that day, BYU took the doubles point and wins by Jullien and Pawid weren't enough as the Gaels dropped the match. In the other semifinal, No. 1 Pepperdine will play either No. 4 Santa Clara or No. 5 San Diego.