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2010 Hall of Fame Inductee: Janna Kovacevich

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Oct. 8, 2010

MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics' 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is coming up quickly and tickets to the annual event are still available.

The ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 17, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Calif. Check-in and a welcome reception will begin at 5 p.m., with dinner and the awards presentation at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 per plate and can be purchased by contacting Heather Collart at 310-506-6483 or heather.collart@pepperdine.edu. The deadline is October 12 to make a reservation.

From now until the event, PepperdineSports.com will be running profiles on each of the inductees. Today is Janna Kovacevich's turn:

The first women's tennis player in West Coast Conference history to earn All-American honors all four seasons was Pepperdine's Janna Kovacevich, who won two league doubles titles and was unlucky to be the runner-up at four conference singles events.

Kovacevich was a top junior player coming out of Auburn, Wash., before starring at Pepperdine. In addition to her All-American status over her four seasons (1991-94), she also won WCC doubles titles in 1988 with Anna Brunstrom and 1991 with Noelle Porter.

She was a hit as a freshman, winning her first 25 dual matches in singles before finally losing to a player from Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. At the NCAA singles tournament, she reached the quarterfinals.

Kovacevich had another strong sophomore season, going 24-2 in duals. As a junior in 1990, she finished the year ranked in the top 20 in both singles and doubles. She and Noelle Porter had an outstanding senior season in doubles, going 18-1 in duals, reaching the semifinals of the NCAA doubles tournament and recording a final national ranking of #4.

In each of her four seasons, Kovacevich made a strong run to reach the final of the WCC singles tournament. Unfortunately, each time one of her Pepperdine teammates was in the way, and Ginger Helgeson captured the title in 1988, 1989 and 1990 and Noelle Porter was victorious in 1991.

 

 

Kovacevich went 78-16 in singles in her four-year career and still holds the school record for career victories. Her winning percentage of .830 ranks second. Her 25-1 dual-match record in 1988 ranks first at Pepperdine for single-season winning percentage (.962) and second for total wins. She also had a career doubles record of 66-11 (.868) in dual matches, which includes a 37-7 record with Brunstrom. The duo has the best career winning percentage in Pepperdine history (.841).

She was part of four WCC championship teams, and the squad advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals twice and the Round of 16 twice while finishing no lower than #12 in the national rankings in any of the four seasons. The Waves went 72-21 in dual matches during her career.

Earlier this year, she was named to WCC Women's Athletics 25th Anniversary Team, which recognized the top 50 female student-athletes in league history.

Kovacevich graduated from Pepperdine in 1991 with a degree in communications, and stayed on campus as the assistant coach of the women's tennis team for the 1991-92 season. During that time, she also played on the professional satellite tour.

From 1993-03, she worked in digital graphics in the movie industry. Kovacevich and her husband, Aaron Goodall, now reside in Yorba Linda, Calif., with their 5-year-old twin boys, Joshua and Jaden.

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