Feb. 6, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women’s tennis team, ranked #33 in the ITA poll, concludes its season-opening four-match home stand this weekend with contests vs. #65 UC Irvine and #5 Stanford. The Waves face off with the Anteaters on Friday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m., followed by another 1 p.m. match on Saturday, Feb. 9 against the Cardinal.
MATCH 3 - Friday (Feb. 8) at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center: #33 Pepperdine (0-2, 0-0 WCC) vs. #65 UC Irvine (3-3, 0-0 Big West) at 1 p.m.
MATCH 4 - Saturday (Feb. 9) at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center: #33 Pepperdine vs. #5 Stanford (0-1, 0-0 Pac-12)
COVERAGE - Live scores will be available for both matches this week and can be followed at: http://www.pepperdinesports.com/livestats/w-tennis/xlive.htm. Additionally, fans can follow updates on Twitter by following the Waves @PeppWTEN.
LOOKING AHEAD - The Waves gear up for a three match road swing, which includes stops at Texas Christian (Feb. 16), Baylor (Feb. 17) and Arizona State (Feb. 23). Pepperdine’s next home match is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28 vs. UCLA at 1:30 p.m.
LOOKING BACK - The Waves suffered back-to-back losses last week to open the season. Pepperdine first fell to #4 USC 7-0, before being upset by #59 Fresno State, 4-3. Lorraine Guillermo, Khunpak Issara and Ale Granillo all had strong singles showing against the Bulldogs. All three won in straight sets. Guillermo and Issara have proven they are worthy of their #4 doubles ranking. They played top ranked Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian to a draw (on serve, 5-4 when play was abandoned) before topping Rana Sherif Ahmed and Aishwarya Agrawal 8-4.
UC IRVINE - The Anteaters are 3-3 this season with victories over Loyola Marymount (7-0), Tulane (4-2) and San Jose State (4-3). All three losses have come to teams ranked in the top-five including USC (7-0, 4-0) and UCLA (5-2). Kristina Smith holds down the top spot in the singles lineup with a 3-2 record. Sarah Gong is a team-best 4-2 in singles and splits time between the No. 2 and No. 3 spots in the lineup.
STANFORD - The Cardinal is 1-0 this season and plays San Diego on Friday before heading to Malibu. Krista Hardebeck is ranked #2 in singles, followed by Ellen Tsay at #55. Nicole Gibbs, who was ranked #1 in the 2012-13 preseason rankings, plays No. 1 singles for Stanford. Kristie Ahn and Gibbs have teamed up to play No. doubles.
COME ONE COME ALL - Admission to all regular-season men’s and women’s tennis matches at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center is FREE.
SOCIAL MEDIA - Fans can follow the Waves on Twitter @PeppWTEN or @PepperdineWaves and “like” us on Facebook by searching for Pepperdine Athletics.
WCC DOUBLES TEAM OF THE MONTH - Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara have swept the conference award in doubles every month it has been awarded in 2012-13. The duo won WCC Doubles Team of the Month in both October and November to bring their total award count to five.
USTA/ITA SOUTHWEST REGIONAL RECAP - The Waves had a successful run at regionals highlighted by Lorraine Guillermo’s appearance in the singles semifinals. In addition to Guillermo, Ale Granillo and Khunpak Issara represented Pepperdine in the round of 16.
WCC SINGLES PLAYER OF THE MONTH - Lorraine Guillermo went a perfect 3-0 in singles in September at the SDSU Fall Classic to open the 2012 fall season. Guillermo defeated opponents from San Diego and North Texas to win the top-tier red bracket.
ITA ALL-AMERICAN SUCCESS - Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara won the consolation bracket at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships to earn the bid to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship. The duo suffered an early loss in the main draw but fired back with four-straight wins - all against ranked teams - to win the consolation bracket. They first rallied to defeat Memphis’ Tiffany Welcher and Alyssa Hibberd 8-6 before knocking out two top-10 ranked teams in the quarter and semifinals. The Waves made short work of #9-ranked Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay of Stanford, topping the Cardinal 8-2. Guillermo and Issara then eliminated Annie Goransson and Anett Schutting, ranked third, of California by the same score. In the finals, Guillermo and Issara controlled the match from start to finish and defeated #14 Danielle Collins and Lauren Embree of Florida – the defending NCAA team champions – by a score of 8-3.
NATIONAL INDOORS - Following the impressive run at the All-American, Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara reached the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y. With a 3-1 record at the tournament, the Waves’ top doubles pair concluded the fall season with a 7-2 record.
2012 ALL-WCC TEAM - The Waves earned high acclaim in the 2012 all-conference awards. Lorraine Guillermo was dubbed West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, becoming the seventh player in Pepperdine history to do so. Guillermo also picked up second-team honors in singles and first-team accolades in doubles. Khunpak Issara made the first team roster in both singles and doubles, while Ale Granillo made All-WCC singles second team. Ali Walters and Arianna Colffer both earned honorable mention status in both singles and doubles.
WRITING RECORDS - Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara’s 2012 doubles win tally of 20 ranks fifth in Pepperdine’s single season record book. The duo is just three wins short of writing their names in the career records category.
RANKINGS - Khunpak Issara earned a preseason singles rank #39 and is currently T-#92 in the first rankings release of 2013. Lorraine Guillermo is ranked #104 in singles. Together, Issara and Guillermo improved upon their preseason doubles ranking of #7 and are currently listed at #4. As a team, the Waves open the season at #33.
Gualberto Escudero - Now in his 36th season at the helm of the program, Gualberto Escudero enters the 2012-13 season with a career record of 620-317 (.662). He took over as head coach in 1977-78 after a decorated career as a student-athlete at Pepperdine. On the court, he was a finalist at the 1969 WCAC singles tournament and won the doubles title with John Lovelace. Pepperdine won conference titles in 1969 and 1970 and finished second the next two seasons. His transition from player to coach was a successful one as Escudero has tutored 31 All-Americans, and was honored as WCC Coach of the Year on three occasions.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE — Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports - one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat - and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not in a major conference. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation’s most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.