Women's Tennis Looks to Defend WCC Title
UPCOMING Â The No. 41 Pepperdine women’s tennis team (10-11) travels to San Diego to defend its 2008 WCC Championship title and advance to the NCAA's first-round.
WCC WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS Â San Diego, Calif. April 17-19
In the 23-year history of West Coast Conference tennis, Pepperdine has captured the crown on 20 occasions, including a run of 14 consecutive titles from 1988-2001. The Waves have won the last six conference crowns.
MATCH #21 Â PEPPERDINE VS. GONZAGA (April 17, 8 a.m.) at the Barnes Tennis Center, San Diego, Calif.
The WCC’s No. 1 ranked Waves meet No. 8 Gonzaga in the first round of the WCC Championships. The No. 1 doubles team of Aglaya Kokurina/Kristina Zauere have won 10 doubles matches this season.
Head Coach D. J. Gurule is in his fifth season with the Bulldogs.
CALIFORNIA RECAP Â The No. 45 Pepperdine women’s tennis team ended its regular season play with a 7-0 loss to No. 8 California on Sunday afternoon at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
California’s (16-4) No. 6 and No. 20 nationally ranked doubles team proved to be too much for the Waves (10-11) as they lost the doubles-point.
Still playing without three of their players in the regular lineup, the Waves were unable to compete with a tough Golden Bears team that boasted five nationally ranked players. California swept the singles matches in straight sets to finish the match with a sweep against Pepperdine
PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS Â The Waves are No. 41 in the latest ITA national rankings.
COACH ESCUDERO Â Coach Gualberto Escudero begins his 32nd season as head coach. Escudero joined Pepperdine at the start of the 1977-78 season and has compiled a career record of 568-274 over 31 seasons.
Escudero has led Pepperdine to the NCAA post-season on 25 occasions including each of the last 21 seasons. The Waves have advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships on four occasions. Escudero directed Pepperdine’s 1984, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1999 and 2000 squads to the top 10 final rankings. In addition, the Waves have won 20 of the last 21 WCC titles, including five in a row.
Escudero’s Pepperdine women tennis players have been named All-American 29 times, WCC Player of the Year four times and WCC Freshman of the Year six times. His student-athletes have also earned WCC All-Academic honors on 33 occasions.
During his tenure at Pepperdine, Escudero was selected the ITA’s District VIII Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1992, the ITA West Region Coach of the Year in 2006 and has been named WCC Coach of the Year three times.
COACH DOERNER Â Coach Scott Doerner begins his second season as the women’s tennis assistant coach. A native of Melbourne, Australia, Doerner was working as the Pepperdine men’s volunteer assistant coach at the begining of 2007-08 season prior to being named to his new post.
Doerner is a familiar face to Pepperdine tennis, as he was a member of the men’s tennis team from 2002-03 through 2005-06 and was part of the squad that captured the 2006 NCAA championship.
Doerner was a standout on the court, as he was named an All-American in singles in 2006 and twice in doubles (2005 and 2006). He was named WCC’s Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006. Doerner ended his senior season ranked No. 14 in the ITA’s single rankings and a No. 2 national ranking in doubles with Andre Begemann.