Women's Tennis Hosts #3 UCLA on Wednesday
UPCOMING Â The No. 41 Pepperdine women’s tennis team (2-2) hosts UCLA on Wednesday and travels to USC on Friday.
MATCH #5 Â PEPPERDINE VS. UCLA (Feb. 4, 1:30 p.m.) at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center, Malibu, Calif.Â The No. 3 Bruins (3-0) qualified for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships by defeating LSU, 4-1 (Feb. 1).
In singles, Andrea Remynse is ranked No. 31, Maya Johansson is No. 63 and Yasmin Schnack is No. 106. Johansson/Wetmore rank No. 39 in doubles.
UCLA won the NCAA National Team Tennis Championship in 2008.
MATCH #6 Â PEPPERDINE VS. USC (Feb. 6, 1:30 p.m.) at Marks Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.Â The No. 10 Trojans (4-0) beat No. 29 Texas A&M, 4-1, (Feb. 1) to earn a qualifying spot at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
In singles, Amanda Fink is ranked No. 16, Maria Sanchez is No. 22, Allison Ramos is No. 36, Sara Fansler is No. 38 and Gabriela Niculescu holds the No. 57 ranking. Fink/Niculescu are ranked No. 31 in doubles.
NOTRE DAME RECAP Â The No. 41 Pepperdine women’s tennis team fell to No. 17 Notre Dame, 5-0, on the first day of the ITA Indoor Team Championship qualifying tournament. The Irish swept the Waves in the doubles competition and came back in singles to win the four matches needed to clinch the team match.
OREGON RECAPÂ The Pepperdine women’s tennis team defeated University of Oregon, 4-0, on Sunday morning, in the consolation round of the ITA Indoor Team Championship qualifying tournament.
Alex Walters and Zlatka Petrova (Pep.) defeated Ana Cecilia Olivos and Trudie du Toit (Ore.) 8-4, on court 3. Alex Liles and Anamika Bhargava (Pep.) defeated Claudia Hirt and Carmen Seremeta (Ore.) 8-4, on court 2, to secure the doubles-point.
In singles, Jill Braverman (Pep.) def. Madelie Jans Van Reinsburg on court 4, 6-3, 7-5. Alex Liles (Pep.) def. Stephanie MacFarlane (Ore.) on court 5, 6-1, 6-1 and Andrea Oates (Pep.) defeated Trudie du Toit (Ore.) on court 6. The other matches were suspended once Pepperdine secured the win.
PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS Â The Waves are No. 41 in the latest ITA national rankings.
COACH ESCUDERO Â Coach Gualberto Escudero begins his 32nd season as head coach. Escudero joined Pepperdine at the start of the 1977-78 season and has compiled a career record of 568-274 over 31 seasons.
Escudero has led Pepperdine to the NCAA post-season on 25 occasions including each of the last 21 seasons. The Waves have advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships on four occasions. Escudero directed Pepperdine’s 1984, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1999 and 2000 squads to the top 10 final rankings. In addition, the Waves have won 20 of the last 21 WCC titles, including five in a row.
Escudero’s Pepperdine women tennis players have been named All-American 29 times, WCC Player of the Year four times and WCC Freshman of the Year six times. His student-athletes have also earned WCC All-Academic honors on 33 occasions.
During his tenure at Pepperdine, Escudero was selected the ITA’s District VIII Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1992, the ITA West Region Coach of the Year in 2006 and has been named WCC Coach of the Year three times.
COACH DOERNER Â Coach Scott Doerner begins his second season as the women’s tennis assistant coach. A native of Melbourne, Australia, Doerner was working as the Pepperdine men’s volunteer assistant coach at the begining of 2007-08 season prior to being named to his new post.
Doerner is a familiar face to Pepperdine tennis, as he was a member of the men’s tennis team from 2002-03 through 2005-06 and was part of the squad that captured the 2006 NCAA championship.
Doerner was a standout on the court, as he was named an All-American in singles in 2006 and twice in doubles (2005 and 2006). He was named WCC’s Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006. Doerner ended his senior season ranked No. 14 in the ITA’s single rankings and a No. 2 national ranking in doubles with Andre Begemann.