Khunpak Issara concludes 2013 season with an impressive 21-2 singles record after winning No. 18 in a row today.
Pepperdine enters Friday's match vs. Rice with an 11-3 first-round record since the NCAA adopted its current 64-team format in 1999.
Issara, Granillo, Guillermo and Escudero all make All-WCC Team.
Waves win league-best 23rd West Coast Conference Tournament title.
Freshman Michaela Capannolo comes through to clinch dual victory for Pepperdine.
Women's Tennis def. Saint Mary's 4-0 to win the 2013 WCC Tournament. Photos by Kyle Terada
CAREER: Through two seasons, has a 27-22 record in singles (19-20 in duals) and a 24-23 doubles record (19-18 in duals) ... Earned All-WCC first team honors in doubles as a freshman and second team distinction in singles as a sophomore.
PEPPERIDNE 2011-12: Posted a 20-14 overall singles record as a sophomore, including 12-12 in dual match play ... Went 3-7 when playing #1 and 9-5 from the #2 spot ... All-WCC second team in singles ... Earned WCC Singles Player of the Month recognition in September after winning the singles title at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational to open the 2011-12 season ... Went 12-18 in doubles (7-13 in duals) ... Partnered with Megan Moore for a 6-9 record ... Opened the dual campaign ranked a career-high #72 in singles and concluded the season listed at #110 ... Sat on the ITA preseason doubles rankings at #14 with Khunpak Issara ... Finished year ranked #16 in singles on the ITA Southwest Regional Poll.
PEPPERDINE 2010-11: As a freshman, went 7-8 in singles and 12-5 in doubles, all in duals ... All-WCC first team selection in doubles along with partner Khunpak Issara ... The pair went a team-best 10-2 in duals ... Finished the season ranked #49 on the ITA doubles poll with Issara, and listed at #5 in the regional rankings ... WCC Doubles Team of the Month in April ... The duo battled back from a 7-2 deficit to win 9-8 and clinch the doubles point for the Waves during the semifinals of the WCC Championships marking "one of the finest comebacks" head coach Gualberto Escudero has encountered in 34 seasons of coaching ... The pair strung together a nine-match win streak before losing during the second round of the NCAA Team Championships ... Defeated UCLA's #16-ranked pair of McCall Jones and Noelle Hickey, 8-4 ... Made season debut with a dual-clinching singles win to upset #22 Texas 4-3 ... Played from #2 to #5 on the ladder, mostly at #3 where she went 4-3.
MEXICO: Graduated from Instituto Hidalguense de Educacion Media Superior y Superior in 2010 ... Has experience playing with the Mexican Federation Cup team ... Ranked as high as #1 in Mexico according to the WTA and in the top-500 world wide ... A top-50 ranked singles player in the International Juniors' rankings ... Participant in the juniors' events at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open.
PERSONAL: Born in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico ... Daughter of Alejandro Granillo Angeles and Lucero Lugo Lara ... Has one younger sibling, Lucero ... Majoring in international studies ... Chose Pepperdine because "it is a very nice university with one of the nicest campuses in America. The professors and students are friendly and respectful, and the academic level is high."
FAVORITES: Favorite TV show is House ... Favorite musical artists are David Guetta, Shakira and Coldplay ... Favorite pro tennis player is Novak Djokovic ... Favorite sports other than tennis are baseball and football ... Sports hero is Andre Agassi "because he shows that nothing is impossible if you work hard for it" ... Favorite thing about tennis is that "there is always a chance to improve and win. The game is a constant fight, full of decisions, and requires concentration and a passion for winning. It is a complete mental game."