March 13, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women’s tennis team travels to Montgomery, Ala. for the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Waves open the tournament against top-seeded and #34-ranked Yale on March 15 at 8 a.m.
MATCH 9 - Friday (March 15) at Lagoon Park Tennis Center: Pepperdine (0-8, 0-0 WCC) vs. #34 Yale (8-1, 0-0 IVY) at 8 a.m. (PT)
THE FIELD - In addition to Pepperdine and Yale, the eight-team field includes Ohio State, Virginia, Tulane, Michigan State, Marshall and Boise State.
COVERAGE - Brackets, scores, photos and more can be found at the Blue Gray website.
LOOKING BACK - The Waves lost an incredibly close match to #3 UCLA last week Thursday. The doubles point came down to a 9-7 decision in favor of the Bruins on court two, and the visitors managed the singles split to win 4-3. Lorraine Guillermo defeated #2-ranked Robin Anderson 6-4, 6-2, while Khunpak Issara and Ale Granillo won in convincing fashion over ranked opponents. Issara, ranked #57, downed #68 Pamela Montez 6-2, 6-1, while Granillo beat #45 Kyle McPhillips, 6-2, 6-2
LOOKING AHEAD - The Waves’ originally scheduled away match at San Diego State was postponed until Wednesday, March 20 due to inclement weather ... Following the stop in San Diego, Pepperdine hosts Sacramento State (March 26), San Francisco (March 29) and Santa Clara (March 30) on the courts of the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.
RANKINGS - Khunpak Issara, who earned a fall preseason singles rank #39, began the 2013 dual season tied at #92, reached as high as #43 and is currently at #56... Ale Granillo entered the rankings on Feb. 12 at #124 and is currently a season-best #110 ... Lorraine Guillermo was ranked #104 in singles to begin the season, dropped out for a time and re-entered on March 12 at #54 ... In doubles, Issara and Guillermo boasted a preseason doubles ranking of #7 and are currently #13 after being ranked as high as #4.
YALE - The Bulldogs are the top seed at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic and enter the tournament with an 8-1 record ... Yale is defending a six-match win streak ... Blair Seideman is ranked #82 in singles, followed by #99 Elizabeth Epstein.
BANNER WINS - Despite some high-profile individual victories, Pepperdine suffered a 5-2 setback vs. #5 Stanford ... Khunpak Issara def. #2-ranked Krista Hardebeck in three sets, while Lorraine Guillermo registered a straight-set win over Nicole Gibbs -- the 2012 NCAA Singles Champion.
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COME ONE COME ALL - Admission to all regular-season men’s and women’s tennis matches at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center is FREE.
WCC DOUBLES TEAM OF THE MONTH - Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara have won the conference award in doubles two of the three months 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.
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 Championship, 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.
2013 WCC PRESEASON POLL - The Waves were picked to finish first in the conference standings in 2013, followed by Saint Mary’s, San Diego, Santa Clara, BYU, Loyola Marymount, San Francisco, Gonzaga and Portland. The top of Pepperdine’s lineup, Lorraine Guillermo, Khunpak Issara and Ale Granillo, claimed three of the six spots on the preseason all-conference team.
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’s career dual win tally of 24 ranks tied for fifth. The pair needs three more wins to overtake fourth place.
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.