Waves Enter NCAA Singles & Doubles Championship
May 20, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Lorraine Guillermo, Michaela Capannolo and Yuki Chiang of the Pepperdine women’s tennis team conclude the season at the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championship this week in Athens, Ga. Guillermo opens with her first round singles match on Wednesday morning, while Capannolo and Chiang pick up doubles action on Thursday.
NCAA SINGLES, FIRST ROUND - #26 Lorraine Guillermo vs. #7 Beatrice Capra (Duke) | May 21 | Athens, Ga. | 10 a.m. (PT)
NCAA DOUBLES, FIRST ROUND - #78 Capannolo/Chiang vs. #30 Borthwick/Cartwright (Florida State) | May 22 | Time TBA
COVERAGE - Complete tournament coverage, including live video, scores and schedule, can be found at the Tournament Central ... Recaps will be posted at PepperdineSports.com ... In-match updates can be followed on Twitter @PeppWTEN.
GUILLERMO NOTES - Junior Lorraine Guillermo is making her second-straight appearance at the NCAA Singles Championship ... She lost last season to Kata Szekely of Tennessee in the opening round in 2013 ... Guillermo made the NCAA Doubles Championship field in 2012 and 2013 alongside Khunpak Issara, where the duo reached the quarterfinals and were awarded with ITA All-American status during their first run ... Guillermo has only met Beatrice Capra once in collegiate play, falling in straight sets at the 2013 ITA National Indoor Championships ... Capra is 27-9 overall in singles, after helping Duke reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Team Championship.
CAPANNOLO/CHIANG NOTES - #78-ranked Michaela Capannolo and Yuki Chiang earned the West Coast Conference’s automatic bid into the 32-team draw by virtue of being the highest ranked, active doubles pair in the league ... The duo held down the No. 2 spot in the Waves’ lineup with a 10-5 record and are 16-7 overall ...Capannolo and Chiang boast the most experience for the Waves playing ranked foes and have produced a record of 1-4 ... Daneika Borthwick and Kerrie Cartwright of Florida State, the Waves’ first round opponents, are 15-9 overall in 2013-14, including a 3-6 mark vs. ranked opponents.
ALL-WCC - All six lineup regulars earned a mention in the 2014 All-WCC awards ... Lorraine Guillermo was a first-team selection in singles, while Matea Cutura and Ale Granillo picked up second-team honors ... All three doubles squads earned All-WCC honors ... Guillermo and Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai were placed on the first team ... Cutura and Granillo, as well as Michaela Capannolo and Yuki Chiang claimed spots on the second-team roster.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT - 37-year head coach Gualberto Escudero announced he’ll be stepping down after this season ... He’ll remain on staff as the associate head coach ... Escudero began his freshman year at Pepperdine in 1968 and has been with the Waves ever since.
NCAA TEAM TOURNAMENT - Pepperdine made its 27th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and 31st overall in 2014 ... The Wave defeated #40 LSU in the first round, the program record setting 15th consecutive win of the season, before falling to Cal in round two.
PROGRAM RECORD - The Waves set a new program record with their NCAA Championship first-round victory over LSU, winning match No. 15 in a row ... The previous record was set at 14 consecutive dual match victories in 1999 ... Current assistant coach Cintia Tortorella was a freshman on that squad ... Pepperdine ended the 2014 regular-season with a 9-0 record at home, marking just the second season in program history the Waves have gone undefeated at home in single year ... Pepperdine went 9-0 in 1993 ... The Waves are 392-145 all-time at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.
LOOKING BACK - Top-seeded Pepperdine won the 2014 West Coast Conference Tournament championship, marking its 24th WCC crown in 29 seasons ... The Waves blanked Santa Clara in the semifinals 4-0, before topping No. 3 seeded Saint Mary’s 4-2 in the finals ... Matea Cutura, Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai and Yuki Chiang earned all-tournament nods in singles, while Cutura and Ale Granillo were selected to the all-tournament squad in doubles.
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - The West Coast Conference moved away from its previously awarded Player of the Month to Player of the Week in 2014 and the Waves have reaped the benefits ... Pepperdine has swept the awards four times this season, winning in both singles and doubles ... Singles Player of the Week winners include Michaela Capannolo (2/11) and Lorraine Guillermo (2/18, 3/4, 4/1) ... Doubles Team of the Week winners include Michaela Capannolo/Yuki Chiang (2/11), Matea Cutura/Ale Granillo (2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 4/22) and Lorraine Guillermo/Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (3/13, 4/1)... To date, Pepperdine has won 11 of the possible 20 awards issued.
RANKINGS - Lorraine Guillermo is ranked #26 in singles after being listed at a career-high #19 ... Ale Granillo has reached as high as #86 this season and is currently #88 ... Chiang and Capannolo also returned to the rankings on March 11 and are currently #78.
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Gualberto Escudero - Now in his 37th season and final season at the helm of the program, Gualberto Escudero ends the 2013-14 campaign with a career record of 651-334 (.661). 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 four occasions. Escudero was inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Oct. 20 ... He will step down as head coach at the conclusion of this season.
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 undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that’s given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). 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 #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.