CCAA Champion Broncos Set to Host NCAA II Tennis Regional


CCAA Champion Broncos Set to Host NCAA II Tennis Regional
Third seeded Anne Claire Ortiz-Luis of Cal Poly Pomona smacks a backhand against Silvanna Stans of Cal State Los Angeles during her third round 6-0, 6-1 victory in the 2002 Omni Hotels ITA Fall West.

2003 team -(L to R) Back row: Losaline Mafileo, Sara Jex, Nelly Shaw-McMinn, Michelle Rabinovich, Michelle Hammond, Anne Claire Ortiz-Luis, head coach Sandy Kriezel; Front row: Priscilla DeVera, Jennifer Burggraf, Dehlia Feliz and Katrina Holmberg.
Cal Poly Pomona's Michelle Rabinovich hits a low backhand volley during her doubles match against Helene Christensen and Rebecca Tornquist of Alliant University earlier this season.

Hot off a dominating performance in the CCAA Championships, the Cal Poly Pomona women?s tennis team will offer a warm welcome as it hosts regional play to begin the 2003 NCAA Division II playoffs.

The Broncos (17-4) earned the No. 2 seed in the West and will be home to one of 16 four-team regionals that open the 64-team national postseason tournament. It marks Cal Poly Pomona?s first home regional since 1998. No. 1-ranked BYU-Hawaii is the other site in the West for the first two rounds.

The Broncos will face No. 7 seed Grand Canyon in a first-round match Friday, May 2, at 2 p.m. In the other first-round match, No. 3 seed Hawaii Pacific will host No. 6 seed UC Davis at 10 a.m. The winners will meet on Saturday at 1 p.m. for a trip to Altamonte Springs, Fla., where the 16 regional winners will battle for the national title.

UC San Diego, Sonoma State and Hawaii Hilo are the other three teams in the regional at BYU-Hawaii.

?We?re thrilled to host the regionals,? says Cal Poly Pomona head coach Sandy Kriezel. ?We?ve worked hard this season and have earned the right to host. We encourage everyone to come out and watch us play. It should be some exciting tennis.?

The Broncos, who captured national championships 1980, 1981, 1991 and 1992, are making their second straight playoff appearance. The Broncos were defeated by Hawaii Pacific, 5-0, last year in a first-round match in Hawaii.

Cal Poly Pomona is 2-0 against Grand Canyon this season, 1-0 against UC Davis and 0-1 against Hawaii Pacific.

The Broncos just completed a dominating CCAA campaign. After going 8-0 in conference dual matches, Cal Poly Pomona defeated Cal State San Bernardino, Grand Canyon and UC San Diego by identical 5-0 counts to win the CCAA Championship Tournament. In those 11 matches, the Broncos defeated their opposition by a combined total of 87-9.

Kriezel was named the CCAA Coach of the Year for the second straight season, while Michelle Rabinovich (Fr., Upland, Upland H.S.) was chosen Freshman of the Year. Rabinovich, Anne Claire Ortiz-Luis (Soph., Rancho Cucamonga, Rancho Cucamonga H.S.), Dehlia Feliz (Soph., San Gabriel, San Gabriel H.S.), Michelle Hammond (Sr., Tulare, College of the Sequoias) and Katrina Holmberg (Fr., Pukalani, Maui, HI, King Kekaulike H.S.) were selected to the nine-player All-CCAA first team.

For more information on the regional tournament, contact the Cal Poly Pomona Sports Information Office at (909) 869-2812 or go to the Bronco Athletics Web page at www.cpp.edu/~athletic. To follow all NCAA Tennis postseason play, go to the NCAA sports Web site at www.ncaasports.com/tennis/womens. To view the 2003 Team Championship Bracket (PDF), click here.