Three Student-Athletes Make All-WCC Team, Escudero Dubbed Co-Coach of the Year
May 1, 2013
Malibu, Calif. - The West Coast Conference announced the all-conference team and major awards today and Khunpak Issara, Lorraine Guillermo and Ale Granillo all earned a spot on the list. Additionally, head coach Gualberto Escudero was voted Co-Coach of the Year after leading his team to the 2013 WCC Tournament title.
Both Issara (Bangkok, Thailand/Bangkok Patana School) and Guillermo (Walnut, Calif./Rowland HS) were placed on the first-team rosters in both singles and doubles.
Issara was a first teamer last season in 2012, while Guillermo picked up second-team honors in singles and was also named the WCC Freshman of the Year.
Guillermo, now a sophomore, held down the top spot in the lineup for the Waves and went 13-9 - an impressive feat considering she went up against 10 ranked opponents over the course of the dual season. She is currently ranked #34 in the ITA singles poll.
A pillar of consistency, Issara went a staggering 20-2 in singles from the No. 2 spot in the lineup. The senior is currently on an active 17-match win streak and is poised to ink her name in Waves' record book for both single-season wins and overall winning percentage. She needs just one more win to tie for 10th place in the wins category, while her winning percentage of .909 currently puts her in a tie for fourth.
Together, Issara and Guillermo make up the #16th-ranked doubles team in the country. The pair went 13-3 this dual season and has a career win tally of 33. That number ranks third in Pepperdine history. The duo will be heading to the NCAA Doubles Championship as the highest ranked doubles team in the conference.
Granillo (Pachuca, Mexico/Instituto Hidalgo) also earned a mention on the WCC All-Conference list and was voted to the second-team in singles. The junior ranked second behind Issara with 15 wins in dual action. Although she is currently not ranked, Granillo reached as high as #110 in the singles poll.
The Waves pieced together one of the most impressive turn arounds in program history. After starting 2013 with an 0-9 record, Pepperdine won 12 of its final 14 duals are currently just above .500 at 12-11. The two losses in that final span were to Saint Mary's - which they later avenged in the WCC Tournament finals - and to #3 UCLA. Pepperdine, unranked at the time of play, nearly upset the Bruins in Malibu but fell on the short end of a 4-3 decision.
Thanks in part to the turnaround, Escudero, now in his 36th season at the helm was voted WCC Co-Coach of the Year along with Ben Cabell of Santa Clara.
This is the fourth time Escudero has been honored as coach or co-coach of the year.
Escudero ranks second among all women's tennis coaches - active and inactive - with 632 wins. He 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. Georgia's head coach Jeff Wallace recently hit the 600-win mark after 28 seasons.
Pepperdine learned yesterday it will be heading to Stanford University to play #20 Rice in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on May 10. A win would pit the Waves against either the Cardinal or Miami (OH).
2013 All-West Coast Conference Team
Player of the Year
Freshman of the Year
Co-Coaches of the Year