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Waves Sweep Past Sacramento State, 7-0


MALIBU, Calif. – The #17 Pepperdine women’s tennis team swept its first match of the season on Sunday, claiming a 7-0 win over Sacramento State at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.


The Waves (3-2) handed the Hornets (4-1) their first loss of the season and won their second consecutive match after defeating LSU 4-3 on Monday.


Pepperdine remained perfect in doubles this season after winning each match on Sunday. Seniors Bianca Dulgheru (Bucharest, Romania/Theoretical Jean Monnet HS) and Sylvia Kosakowski (Downey, Calif./Warren HS) claimed an easy 8-1 win, Jill Braverman (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona del Mar HS) and Tania Rice (Burlington, Ont., Canada/Robert Bateman HS) posted an 8-3 victory and the tandem of Anamika Bhargava (Collierville, Tenn./Houston HS) and Anete Bandere (Tukums, Latvia/ Tukuma Raina Gimnazija) posted a tough 8-7 (10-8) win to give the Waves the doubles point.


In singles, Braverman led things off with a 6-1, 6-1 win, Bandere claimed her first singles win of 2008 with a 6-3, 6-0 victory, Bhargava won her ninth consecutive match and improved to 5-0 in dual matches with a 6-1, 7-5 win, Kosakowski posted a win over #66 Katrina Zheltova, 6-4, 7-5 and Dulgheru notched a 6-2, 6-2 win.


Rice rallied to force a super tie-breaker with Joyce Martinez after the match had been decided, and she recorded a 3-6, 6-3, 10-6 win to complete the sweep.


Up next, the Waves host San Diego State on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 1:30 p.m.



1. Sylvia Kosakowski/Bianca Dulgheru (PEP) def. Katrina Zheltova/Melissa Valenzuela (SAC), 8-1

2. Anamika Bhargava/Anete Bandere (PEP, #35) def. Aileen Tsan/Anastassia Lyssenko (SAC), 8-7 (10-8)

3. Jill Braverman/Tania Rice (PEP) def. Luba Schifris/Karina Jarlkaganova (SAC), 8-3

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2



1. Kosakowski (PEP, #99) def. Zheltova (SAC, #66), 6-4, 7-5

2. Dulgheru (PEP) def. Valenzuela (SAC), 6-2, 6-2

3. Bhargava (PEP) def. Lyssenko (SAC), 6-1, 7-5

4. Bandere (PEP) def. Schifris (SAC), 6-3, 6-0

5. Braverman (PEP) def. Jarlkaganova (SAC), 6-1, 6-1

6. Rice (PEP) def. Joyce Martinez (SAC), 3-6, 6-3, 10-6

Order of Finish: 5, 4, 3, 1 , 2 , 6


Team Records/Rankings

#17 Pepperdine 3-2

Sacramento State 4-1



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