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Waves Advance to WCC Championship Semifinals After 4-0 Win Over Loyola Marymount

Senior Anamika Bhargava improved her win streak to six singles matches today versus Loyola Marymont. Senior Anamika Bhargava improved her win streak to six singles matches today versus Loyola Marymont.
 
 

April 21, 2011

Complete Results

 

SAN DIEGO – The #29 Pepperdine women’s tennis team got the 2011 West Coast Conference Championships started with a dominating 4-0 win over Loyola Marymount.  The Waves improve to 12-7 and a perfect 4-0 versus league opponents heading into tomorrow’s semifinal match.

Since the dual-match format was established in 1995, the Waves have won all 16 opening-round contests, and have put together an overall record of 47-2.

The Lions challenged Pepperdine in doubles, but the Waves emerged victorious to gain the early advantage.

Khunpak Issara (Bangkok, Thailand/World Study Centre) and Ale Granillo (Pachuca, Mexico/Hidalgo Instituto) topped Reka Rohonyi and Elisaveta Pronkova 8-6 to improve their win streak to team-high six matches.

Ali Walters (Newport Beach, Calif./Creekside Christian HS) made her dual-season debut in doubles with an 8-5 triumph in the No. 3 match alongside doubles partner Arianna Colffer (Corona, Calif./Buena Vista).

Pepperdine dominated LMU in singles, beginning with Granillo’s 6-0, 6-0 win versus Miya Jin.

Anamika Bhargava (Collierville, Tenn./Houston HS) won her sixth-consecutive singles match with a 6-3, 6-0 triumph against Melissa Valenzuela.

Issara tallied her 15th win of the dual season, downing Rohonyi, 6-1, 6-2.

With the dual decided, the remaining contests were not completed.  However, Marie Zalameda (Los Angeles, Calif./Beverly Hills HS) was just two games shy of sealing the straight-set win versus Estelle La Porta.  Colffer was deadlocked at six games apiece in the first set of the top match, while Megan Moore (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) was up a set when play was halted.


 

 

With the team win, the Waves add a point for Pepperdine in the PCH Cup standings, a year-long scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the two institutions. The Waves currently hold a 12-6 lead.

The Waves clash with the winner of the Portland-Saint Mary’s match tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.  Pepperdine last played the Pilots during the opening round of the 2010 WCC Championships and won 4-0.  While the Broncos upset the Waves during the league’s title match last season, this year’s regular-season dual between the two squads resulted in a 4-3 victory for Pepperdine on March 27.

#29 Pepperdine 4, Loyola Marymount University 0
Singles competition 
1. Arianna Colffer (PEP) vs. April Bisaharat (LMU) 6-6, unfinished
2. Anamika Bhargava (PEP) def. Melissa Valenzuela (LMU) 6-3, 6-0
3. Ale Granillo (PEP) def. Miya Jin (LMU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Khunpak Issara (PEP) def. Reka Rohonyi (LMU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Marie Zalameda (PEP) led Estelle La Porte (LMU) 6-1, 4-2, unfinished
6. Megan Moore (PEP) vs. Elisaveta Pronkova (LMU) 6-3, 1-5, unfinished

Doubles competition 
1. Marie Zalameda/Anamika Bhargava (PEP) vs. April Bisaharat/Melissa Valenzuela (LMU) 7-4,
unfinished
2. Khunpak Issara/Ale Granillo (PEP) def. Reka Rohonyi/Elisaveta Pronkova (LMU) 8-6
3. Arianna Colffer/Ali Walters (PEP) def. Miya Jin/Shauna Morgan (LMU) 8-5

Match Notes:
Pepperdine 12-7, 4-0 WCC; National ranking #29

 

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