Matea Cutura opens her run at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship with a courageous three-set win.
Gualberto Escudero welcomes back former players and coaches Cintia Tortorella and Nina Eriksson to his staff.
Nina Eriksson, a three-year letterwinner at Pepperdine from 1992-94, rejoined the women’s tennis coaching staff in 2013-14 as a volunteer assistant coach. Prior to that, she was the Waves’ assistant coach for eight seasons from 1994-2002
During Eriksson’s first stint in Malibu, Pepperdine compiled an eight-year dual match record of 151-66 (.696). The Waves won seven West Coast Conference team titles in that time and advanced to the NCAA Championships seven times (eight including regionals).
Pepperdine ended the season ranked in the top-15 in six of the eight years of Eriksson’s tenure, including a final ranking of #8 during the 1999 campaign.
As a volunteer assistant in 2013-14, the Waves set a new program record with 15 consecutive dual match victories, breaking the mark of 14 set by the 1999 Pepperdine squad.
During her collegiate career at Pepperdine, Eriksson compiled a cumulative dual match singles record of 44-17 (.721). The Waves captured three WCC team titles and advanced to the NCAA Championships three straight seasons while posting an overall dual match record of 49-16 (.754).
A prolific doubles player, Eriksson was extended an invite to the NCAA Doubles Championship all three seasons.
As a junior in 1993, Eriksson compiled a 12-7 dual match singles record. Eriksson and teammate Merete Stockmann finished the season ranked #16 nationally by the ITA. The tandem won the 1993 WCC Flight A doubles championships, upsetting Julie McKeon and Laura Richards of rival San Diego.
In addition to her tennis success, Eriksson was a starting defender and midfielder from 1993-95 for the Pepperdine women's soccer team. Eriksson was a second team All-WCC selection in 1994, as the Waves completed the campaign with an overall record of 10-7-2 and finished third in the final league standings.
A native of Norrkoping, Sweden, Eriksson earned a bachelor's degree in German and completed her work on a master's degree in education and psychology in 1997.