MALIBU, Calif.- The Pepperdine women’s tennis team, up to #62 in the ITA poll, enters the 2013 West Coast Conference Tournament at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego this Friday, April 26 with the semifinals. The Waves have won 22 WCC Tournament titles, most recently in 2011.
COVERAGE - Live scores coverage, schedules, brackets and more can be found at the West Coast Conference Tournament Central ... Recaps and video highlights can be found at PepperdineSports.com at the end of each day.
THE BRACKET- The Waves ended the regular season in a three-way tie with Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara with a 7-1 record ... Pepperdine snagged the No. 2 seed in the tournament by virtue of its #62 ITA ranking ... The Gaels come in at #40 while the Broncos follow at #63 ... The Waves will play either third-seeded Santa Clara, No. 6 BYU or No. 7 Loyola Marymount in the semifinals … The championship match is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine finished the 2013 regular season winning eight of the final nine matches ... The only loss during that span came to Saint Mary’s ... The Waves played at LMU and BYU during the final week of the regular season and won 5-2 and 4-1, respectively.
LOOKING FURTHER BACK - The Waves fell to Saint Mary’s before bouncing back with a 4-3 win over San Diego ... Pepperdine was up 3-0 before the Toreros stormed back to win three-straight singles matches and knot the score at 3-all ... Freshman Danielle Feneridis split sets before buckling down for a 6-1 triumph in the third and deciding frame to lift the Waves to the team victory.
STREAKING - Khunpak Issara improved her win streak in singles to 15 matches last week with one win on the road ... Issara accounted for the Waves’ lone point vs. Saint Mary’s ... The senior is a team-best 18-2 in duals this season ... Issara and Lorraine Guillermo have won the last 11-straight doubles matches ... Ale Granillo boasts an eight-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 #72. .. Lorraine Guillermo was ranked #104 in singles to begin the season and is currently at #34 after reaching as high as #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 #16 after being ranked as high as #4.
LOOKING AHEAD - The NCAA Championship selection show is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 and can be seen at NCAA.com ... If the Waves win the WCC Championship, they would receive an automatic bid into the 64-team tournament ... The singles and doubles brackets will also be announced that day ... The first and second rounds of the team competition will take place at 16 to-be-determined campus sits on May 10-12 ... The remainder of the team competition, as well as the singles and doubles championships, will play out on May 16-27 at the Khan Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Illinois.
DID YOU KNOW ... That head coach Gualberto Escudero ranks second among all women’s tennis coaches -- active and inactive -- with 630 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.
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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.
WCC ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM - For the second-straight season, Megan Moore was named a West Coast Conference All-Academic team selection for his successes both in classroom and on the court ... Moore boasts a GPA of 3.67 and is majoring in business administration.
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.