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Waves Get Stung By Sacramento St. Hornets


MALIBU, Calif. – The No.29 Pepperdine women’s tennis team suffered a 7-0 loss to No. 59 Sacramento State, on Sunday afternoon.


Sacramento played really well today,” said assistant coach Scott Doerner. “They’re much improved from previous years. We had a couple injuries that hurt us, but it was the first match for our freshmen and they competed well. We have a long way to go, but the only way to go is up.”


The Hornets won two of the doubles matches to secure the doubles point early in the afternoon.Pepperdine’s Anamika Bhargava (Collierville, Tenn./Houston HS) and Alex Liles (Largo, Fla./Saddleback Prep.) defeated Luba Schifris and Aileen Tsan (SAC), 8-1, on the No. 2 court, to give the Waves their only win of the day.


No 1 singles Bhargava suffered an injury in the doubles match and was unable to compete in the singles competition, which moved the entire lineup up a spot.


Freshman Andrea Oates (Pretoria, South Africa/Pretoria Girls School) was the lone Wave to go to a third set tie-breaker. Oates lost 4-6, 7-6, 11-9, to senior Luba Schifris (Sac) in the final match of the day.


“Andrea got out there and competed hard,” said Doerner.


No. 29 Pepperdine 0 No. 59 Sacramento 7 FINAL


DOUBLES  Pepperdine 0 Sacramento 1


      1.    Zheltova/Valenzuel (SAC) def. Voicu/Braverman (PEP) 9-7

      2.   Bhargava/Liles (PEP) def. Schifris/Tsan (SAC) 8-1

      3.   Martinez-Gutierrez/Baca (SAC) def. Walters/Petrova (PEP) 9-7



SINGLES  Pepperdine 0 Sacramento 6


     1.  No. 58 Katrina Zheltova (SAC) def. Alexandria Walters (PEP) 6-2, 6-4

     2.  Aileen Tsan (SAC) def. Alex Liles (PEP) 6-2, 6-4

     3.  Maria Meliuk (SAC) def. Jill Braverman (PEP) 6-4, 6-1

     4.  Luba Schifris (SAC) def. Andrea Oates (PEP) 6-4, 6-7, 11-9

     5.  Melissa Valenzuela (SAC) def. Zlatka Petrova (PEP) 7-5, 6-3

     6.  Joyce Martinez-Gutierrez (SAC) def. Tania Rice (PEP) 6-1, 6-0




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