Waves Roll Past Toreros, 7-0
April 6, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – The #35 Pepperdine women’s tennis team earned its sixth-straight victory with a 7-0 shutout against #71 San Diego on Friday afternoon. The Waves now sit atop the West Coast Conference standings with a perfect 5-0 record.
The Toreros (6-8, 3-1 WCC) challenged the Waves in one of the most evenly contested doubles battles of the season, but a gritty performance by the No. 1 pair of Khunpak Issara (Bangkok, Thailand/Bangkok Patana School) and Lorraine Guillermo (Walnut, Calif./Rowland HS), aided by a boisterous home crowd, gave the team the edge heading into singles.
Ale Granillo (Pachuca, Mexico/Instituto Hidalgo) and Megan Moore (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) got things started with an 8-2 triumph over Stephanie Hoffpauir and Cara Brown, but USD responded with a win from the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Maja Sujuica and Anna Depenau topped Arianna Colffer (Corona, Calif./Buena Vista) and Ali Walters (Newport Beach, Calif./Creekside Christian HS) 8-3.
With the doubles point still up for grabs, all eyes fell on court one, where Issara and Guillermo were deadlocked with Juliette Coupez and Laura Claus 7-7. The Wave duo fought back from love-40 to break the Toreros’ serve for the third time in the match, and take an 8-7 lead.
In the next game, with Issara on serve, Pepperdine went up match point at 40-30, but Coupez and Claus were able to score the next point to tie the game at deuce. Once again, the Wave duo gained the advantage after a Torero shot sailed long. On match point No. 2, Issara hit a blazing forehand that the opponents were unable to get a racquet on.
The momentum carried over into singles, and Pepperdine (11-6, 5-0 WCC) won five of the six matches in straight sets. Walters was the first to finish, downing Sujica 6-2, 6-3.
Granillo gave the Waves a 3-0 lead with a decisive 6-3, 6-1 triumph versus Hoffpauir on court two. Issara soon followed, downing Coupez in the top match 6-3, 6-1. Issara is now 5-2 since moving to the No. 1 spot in the singles lineup.
Guillermo outlasted Claus, 6-4, 6-2, while Moore recorded a 6-2, 6-2 decision against Marite Raygada.
Colffer was dominant in the opening set versus Depenau, winning 6-1, but the Torero was able to earn the set back, 6-3, in the second. Colffer took an early lead in the deciding set, but with the dual decided and another important match tomorrow, Depenau decided to retired.
#35 Pepperdine 7, #71 San Diego 0