Waves Open Three-Match Week on Tuesday
UPCOMING Â The #27 Pepperdine women’s tennis team returns home after a trip to Hawai’i to face Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Mar. 11 before heading to Las Vegas to battle UNLV on Saturday, Mar. 15 and Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday, Mar. 16.
MATCH #13 Â Tuesday (Mar. 11) at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center: Pepperdine (9-3) vs. Pennsylvania (3-2)
MATCH #14 Â Saturday (Mar. 15) at the Fertitta Tennis Complex: Pepperdine (9-3) at UNLV (8-3) at 10 a.m.
MATCH #15 Â Sunday (Mar. 16) at the Fertitta Tennis Complex: Pepperdine (9-3) vs Virginia Commonwealth (13-2) at 10 a.m.
OPPONENT INFO Â Pennsylvania is unranked in the latest ITA rankings, but features the #17 doubles team of Julia Koulbitskaya and Kate Kosminskaya. The Quakers are coming off a loss to San Diego State on 3/8.
UNLV is ranked #39 in the latest ITA Rankings. The Rebels boast the #28 singles player in Elena Gantcheva. UNLV is coming off wins over Florida International on 2/24 and SMU on 3/4
Virginia Commonwealth is ranked #28 in the latest ITA rankings. The Rams feature the #50 singles player in Tatsiana Uvarova and have dropped their last two matches, to Virginia Tech on 3/2 and to TCU on 3/8.
LAST WEEK Â The Waves won their two matches in Hawai’i, first posting a 7-0 sweep of Hawai’i on Mar. 5 before sweeping past WCC foe Loyola Marymount, 7-0, on Mar. 6. The Waves improved to 3-0 in conference play and extended their winning streak to four matches. The ninth-ranked doubles team of Sylvia Kosakowski and Bianca Dulgheru won both of their matches to improve to 12-0 in dual matches.
WAVES IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS Â The Pepperdine women’s tennis team is ranked #27 in the nation in the latest ITA Collegiate Rankings, released Mar. 4. In the individual rankings, Anamika Bhargava is ranked #48 and Sylvia Kosakowski is ranked the #63. The doubles team of Kosakowski and Bianca Dulgheru is ranked #9 and is 12-0 in the spring, and the doubles team of Anete Bandere and Bhargava is #28.
2007 TOURNAMENT WINS Â Anamika Bhargava claimed the singles titles at the SDSU Fall Tennis Classic and the Matador Collegiate Invitational. The doubles tandem of Tania Rice and Bhargava claimed the SDSU Fall Tennis Classic crown, while the team of Sylvia Kosakowski/Bianca Dulgheru won the Matador Collegiate Invitational title.
GUALBERTO ESCUDERO Â Now in his 31st season as head coach of the Waves, Gualberto Escudero entered the 2007-08 season with a career record of 543-269 over 30 seasons, which includes 19 conference championships and 24 postseason appearances. Escudero has received numerous accolades for his work with the Waves, as he was named the University’s Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1989, selected the ITA’s District VIII Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1992 and was named WCC Coach of the Year for the first time in 1999. Escudero also earned the league’s top honor again in 2000 when the team went 21-5. In 2006, Escudero was named the ITA West Region Coach of the Year as well as the WCC Co-Coach of the Year, sharing the honor with LMU’s Jamie Sanchez after leading the Waves to a 21-4 mark and the WCC title.
PEPPERDINE HISTORY Â The Pepperdine women’s tennis program is consistently nationally ranked, as the Waves are a perennial national power. The Waves have advanced to postseason play 24 times in 30 seasons. Pepperdine’s has finished the year ranked in the top 10 seven times, with the most recent one coming in 1999.
2006-07 RECAP Â The Waves claimed their fifth consecutive WCC title last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a first round victory over Cal State Long Beach before falling to Fresno State in the second round. Pepperdine placed five players on the All-WCC team and Bianca Dulgheru and Sylvia Kosakowski were named to the ITA All-American squad in doubles after advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships.
BIANCA DULGHERU Â Bianca Dulgheru has been a standout for the Waves in each of her three seasons on the court. Last season, Dulgheru and teammate Sylvia Kosakowski were named All-Americans in doubles and she is three-time All-WCC first-team pick and the WCC’s Player of the Year in 2006 and Freshman of the Year in 2005. In the 2007 fall tournament season, Dulgheru went 7-4 in singles and 3-2 in doubles with Kosakowski as they claimed the doubles crown at the Matador Collegiate Invitational. Dulgheru is currently ranked #81 in the ITA singles rankings and #8 in doubles with Kosakowski.
SYLVIA KOSAKOWSKI Â Sylvia Kosakowski is ranked #74 in the latest ITA singles rankings and #8 in doubles with teammate Bianca Dulgheru. Kosakowski was named an All-American last season in doubles with Dulgheru and is a two-time All-WCC first-team selection. Kosakowski finished the fall tournament season 7-4 as an individual and a combined 6-3 in doubles with teammates Bianca Dulgheru (3-2) and Anete Bandere (3-1) and claimed the doubles crown at the Matador Collegiate Invitational with Dulgheru.
ANAMIKA BHARGAVA Â Freshman Anamika Bhargava is in her first season on the court for the Waves, but is already making an immediate impact. Bhargava ranks #34 nationally in singles and finished the fall tournament season with a 10-2 mark in singles and an 11-3 mark in doubles with Tania Rice (6-1) and Bandere (5-2). Bhargava led the team in wins in each category and claimed two singles titles: the SDSU Fall Tennis Classic and the Matador Invitational, and claimed the doubles crown at the SDSU Classic with Rice.
ALEX LILES Â Junior transfer Alex Liles is in her first season in a Waves uniform after transferring from the University of Florida in 2007. Liles finished the fall tournament season 6-3 in singles and had a 4-3 mark in doubles with Jill Braverman (3-2) and Tania Rice (1-1). Liles received a medical redshirt for the 2006-07 season at Florida after missing the entire spring season and most of the fall due to injury.
ANETE BANDERE Â Anete Bandere returns to the court for her sophomore season in 2008. Bandere finished the fall tournament season with a 4-6 singles record and a combined 8-3 doubles record with Bhargava (5-2) and Sylvia Kosakowski (3-1).
TANIA RICE Â Sophomore Tania Rice finished the fall tournament season 5-6 in singles and a combined 7-2 in doubles with Anamika Bhargava (6-1) and Alex Liles (1-1). Rice teamed with Bhargava to claim the doubles crown at the SDSU Tennis Classic.
JILL BRAVERMAN Â Sophomore Jill Braverman had a successful fall tournament season, posting a 4-2 record in singles and 3-2 mark in doubles with Alex Liles. Braverman enjoyed an impressive freshman season during the 2006-07 campaign, as she finished 14-10 in singles and earned All-WCC doubles honorable mention honors with Katia Sabate after the duo posted a 6-1 record.