Michaela Capannolo, Yuki Chiang, Lorraine Guillermo, Francis Alcantara and Alex Sarkissian to represent Waves at NCAA Singles & Doubles Championship.
The men's basketball team opens the season at home on Saturday, while the women's volleyball and men's water polo teams also have home events.
Lorraine Guillermo to face Hanna Mar in consolation tomorrow at the Riviera Country Club.
ITA All-American Championship to continue tomorrow for senior Alex Sarkissian.
Waves gear up for a busy weekend, with student-athletes heading to two tournaments in Southern California.
Women's Tennis def. Saint Mary's 4-0 to win the 2013 WCC Tournament. Photos by Kyle Terada
CAREER: Concludes Pepperdine career with a 72-30 record in singles (55-14 in duals) and a 76-30 doubles record (55-16 in duals) ... Career singles winning percentage (dual season only) of .797 ranks fourth in program history ... Ranks just outside the top-10 for total career wins, despite only playing three seasons with the Waves ... 2012 ITA All-American in doubles ... Three-time All-WCC first team doubles selection ... All-WCC second team in singles in 2011 and first team in 2012 and 2013 ... Holds the Pepperdine program record for career winning percentage -- .846 -- in doubles (dual season only) with Lorraine Guillermo ... Went 33-6 (.846) in two seasons with Guillermo, which ranks third in the program annuls for total wins.
PEPPERDINE 2012-13: All-WCC first team in singles and doubles ... Represented the Waves in the NCAA Doubles Tournament and reached the round of 16 ... Final ITA national singles ranking of #66 and regional ranking of #9 ... Final ITA national doubles ranking of #18 alongside Lorraine Guillermo and regional ranking of #3 ... WCC Singles Player of the Month in April ... Five-time WCC Doubles Team of the Month (October, November, January, March and April) ... Went 26-5 overall in singles ... Held down the No. 2 spot in the singles lineup with a 21-2 (.913) record ... Dual season winning percentage of .913 ranks fourth in Pepperdine history ... Ended the year on an active 18-match win streak ... Win streak began on Feb. 17 vs. Megan Horter of Baylor ... Lost just seven sets the entire dual season ... Went 7-4 in singles vs. ranked opponents ... Defeated Krista Hardebeck of Stanford, ranked #2 at the time, in three sets on Feb. 9 ... 9-0 against WCC opponents and only allowed on average 1.55 games per set in those victories ... Posted a 27-6 overall doubles record, including 19-3 in duals ... Went 13-3 alongside Lorraine Guillermo and 6-0 with Megan Moore, all at the No. 1 spot in the lineup ... Ended the year ranked #63 nationally with Moore, and #8 in the Southwest Region ... Ranked as high as #4 nationally with Guillermo ... With Guillermo, won the back draw at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship ... Reached doubles semifinal of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship in New York City ... Advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Tournament.
PEPPERDINE 2011-12: ITA All-American in doubles ... All-WCC first team in both singles and doubles ... Reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship along with partner Lorraine Guillermo ... Entered doubles rankings on Feb. 28 at #56 and concluded the year at #19 ... Ranked #4 in doubles and #7 in singles in the Southwest Region ... Three-time WCC Doubles Team of the Month with Guillermo (September, February, April) ... Named WCC Singles Player of the Month in October ... Went 22-11 in singles overall, and 16-8 in dual match play ... Tallied a 26-9 overall doubles record, including 20-3 in duals ... Guillermo and Issara's dual match record of 20-3 ranks fourth in program history for number of wins in a single season (dual match only), and ninth for winning percentage (.870) ... Went 10-4 when playing #1 in the singles lineup, and 6-4 from the #2 spot ... Guillermo and Issara pieced together a 16-match win streak before losing to Stanford's Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs, the eventual NCAA Doubles Champions, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships ... 4-4 in doubles vs. nationally ranked opponents including a 8-4 win against #14 Skylar Morton and Robin Anderson ... Went 5-6 vs. ranked singles opponents.
PEPPERDINE 2010-11: During first season in the lineup, went a team-best 24-14 in singles (18-4 in duals) and 23-15 in doubles (16-7 in duals) ... Singles winning percentage of .818 during the dual season was a team-best ... All-WCC second team in singles and a first team selection in doubles along with partner Ale Granillo ... The pair went a team-best 10-2 in duals ... Ended the season ranked #49 with Granillo in doubles in the ITA Collegiate Rankings ... Ranked #5 in the regional doubles 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 ... Played from #3 to #5 in the singles lineup, mostly at #4 where she went 10-1 ... Finished the season on a five-match singles win streak ... Went 1-3 versus ranked opponents.
PEPPERDINE 2009-10: Did not compete in her first season at Pepperdine and redshirted.
THAILAND: Graduated from the World Study Centre in 2007 ... Reached as high as #32 in the ITF junior rankings ... Competed at the 2008 Junior Wimbledon and the 2007 and 2008 Junior Australian Open ... Played in the Osaka Mayor Cup, a Grade A ITF event, in 2007 and 2008 in Japan ... Won doubles titles at the Thailand girls' national championship as a 14 and 16 and was a finalist in singles.
PERSONAL: Born in Bangkok, Thailand ... Daughter of Olam and Vilai Issara ... Her father attended Pepperdine briefly ... Has three siblings, Khunpol, Khunraj and Khuntup ... Her brother Khunpol plays tennis at UC Irvine ... Majoring in advertising ... Chose to attend Pepperdine because "of the good school, the tennis and the beautiful campus."
FAVORITES: Enjoys shopping, eating and photography ... Favorite pro tennis player is Jelena Jankovic ... Favorite book is Alice in Wonderland ... Favorite movie is Across the Universe ... Favorite musical artist is Kings of Leon ... Favorite types of food are Japanese, Thai, Indian, Mexican and Lebonese ... Favorite thing about tennis is "it's a mental and physical game."