April 10, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Armed with a five-match win streak and an undefeated West Coast Conference record, the Pepperdine women’s tennis team heads to #42 Saint Mary’s and #53 San Diego on Friday and Saturday, respectively, for a set of road duals. The Gaels and the Toreros, the two top-ranked teams in the league, currently sit behind the Waves in the WCC standings but are the only two teams in recent history to have gotten a leg up on Pepperdine at the conference tournament.
MATCH 18 - Friday (April 12) at Timothy Korth Tennis Complex: Pepperdine (7-10, 4-0 WCC) vs. #42 Saint Mary’s (10-8, 5-1 WCC) at 12:30 p.m.
MATCH 19 - Saturday (April 13) at Hogan Tennis Center: Pepperdine vs. #53 San Diego (9-9, 4-2 WCC) at 11 a.m. (Live Scores)
A LOOK AT THE LEAGUE - The Waves are currently in first place in the WCC standings with a 4-0 record ... Saint Mary’s, who lost to Santa Clara last week, is tied for second with the Broncos at 5-1 ... San Diego is in fourth place behind a 4-2 record ... Pepperdine has won the WCC Tournament 22 times of the 25 years it has been contested ... Only three other teams have won a single conference championship: Loyola Marymount (2002), Saint Mary’s (2010) and San Diego (2012).
LOOKING BACK - The Waves extended their streak to five duals after convincing wins over Gonzaga and Portland ... Pepperdine was dominant vs. the Bulldogs, giving up a combined total of 11 games across the six singles matches and three doubles matches ... The dual itself lasted just under two hours ... Although the Waves struggled in doubles against the Pilots, they clinched the dual with a solid performance in singles.
COVERAGE - Full results and recaps will be posted on PepperdineSports.com at the conclusion of the match ... Live Scores will be available on Saturday at San Diego.
STREAKING - Khunpak Issara improved her win streak in singles to 12 matches last week with two wins in Malibu ... The senior is a team-best 15-2 in duals this season ... Issara and Lorraine Guillermo have won the last 11-straight doubles matches ... Ale Granillo, Michaela Capannolo, Guillermo and Megan Moore all boast a five-match win streak in singles.
INDIVIDUAL 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. .. Lorraine Guillermo was ranked #104 in singles to begin the season and moved up to a season-best ranking of #31 on April 9 ... Ale Granillo entered the rankings on Feb. 12, reach as high as #110, but is currently not ranked ... In doubles, Issara and Guillermo boasted a preseason doubles ranking of #7 and are currently #11 after being ranked as high as #4.
DID YOU KNOW ... That head coach Gualberto Escudero ranks second among all women’s tennis coaches -- active and inactive -- with 637 career wins? Escudero, now in his 36th year at the helm, is just one of three coaches to have reached the 600 wins milestone. Lin Loring, who has been a head coach at both Indiana and UC Santa Barbara for a combined 40 seasons, ranks #1 with almost 800 wins, while Georgia’s head coach Jeff Wallace recently hit the 600-win mark after 28 seasons.
SAINT MARY’S - The Gaels are 10-8 overall and 5-1 in the WCC ... Last week, SMC suffered a 4-3 defeat courtesy of Santa Clara ... Saint Mary’s made headlines when it topped then #7-ranked Stanford 4-3 earlier in the year ... Jenny Jullien is the highest individual ranked singles player in the WCC at #20 ... In doubles, Catherine Isip and Elizabeth Searl are listed at #69
SAN DIEGO - The Toreros are 9-9 overall and 4-2 in conference ... USD’s league losses came to Santa Clara and Saint Mary’s ... Laura Claus holds down the #1 spot in the singles lineup and is ranked #103 ... Claus and Shani Blecher hold a #68 ranking in doubles.
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WCC DOUBLES TEAM OF THE MONTH - Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara have won the conference award in doubles four of the five months it has been awarded in 2012-13. The duo won WCC Doubles Team of the Month in both October, November, February and March to bring their total award count to seven.
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.
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 33 ranks third. Five more wins will give the duo ownership of second place all-time.
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.
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.