Women's Tennis Opens Fall Season at Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational
Sept. 12, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women’s tennis team kicks off the 2013-14 season this weekend with the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational, located in Midland, Texas. The three-day tournament, which runs from Sept. 13-15, is an annual event unique in that participating players are housed with members of the club.
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RETURNERS - Five student-athletes, all regulars in last year’s lineup, return in 2013-14 including seniors Ale Granillo (Pachuca, Mexico/Instituto Hidalgo) and Megan Moore (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS), junior Lorraine Guillermo (Walnut, Calif./Rowland HS), and sophomores Michaela Capannolo (Melbourne, Australia/Genazzano FCJ College) and Danielle Feneridis (Auckland, New Zealand/Westlake Girls HS).
NEWCOMERS - Five new players, including four freshmen, were added to the roster this season. Matea Cutura (Zagreb, Croatia/Gimnazija Birotehnika/DePaul) comes to Malibu after earning BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Year notice in one season at DePaul. The Waves’ four freshmen additions include Yuki Chiang (Ojai, Calif./Campbell Hall HS), Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (Bangkok, Thailand/IMG Academy), Pattaraporn Salirathavibhaga (Bangkok, Thailand/International School Bangkok) and Miquela Newhart (Boulder, Colo.).
MIDLAND BOUND - Five members of the team will compete this weekend, including Lorraine Guillermo, Michaela Capannolo, Danielle Feneridis, Yuki Chiang and Matea Cutura. All five are slated to compete in the singles draw, with Guillermo and Cutura garnering the No. 3 and No. 7 seeds, respectively. In doubles, Guillermo and Chiang will team up as the No. 2 seed, while Feneridis and Capannolo will also pair together. Full draws can be found here: http://rc10s.com/
THE FIELD - In addition to Pepperdine, Abilene Christian, Baylor, Kansas, Nebraska, North Texas, Penn State, Rice, Texas-Arlington, Texas State, Texas Tech and Tulsa will all have student-athlete representatives at the tournament.
DID YOU KNOW ... That head coach Gualberto Escudero ranks second among all women’s tennis coaches -- active and inactive -- with 632 career wins? Escudero, now in his 37th 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.
Gualberto Escudero - Now in his 37th season at the helm of the program, Gualberto Escudero enters the 2013-14 campaign with a career record of 632-329 (.657). 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 will be inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Oct. 20. For more information on attending the Hall of Fame Ceremony, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lorraine Guillermo - Guillermo boasts an impressive resume in her two short years in Malibu. As a freshman, she earned ITA All-American status in doubles and was the 2012 WCC Freshman of the Year. In 2013 as a sophomore, she garnered All-WCC first team status for the second-straight year in doubles. She was also a first team selection in singles after being voted to the second team as a freshman. Guillermo holds the Pepperdine program record for career winning percentage -- .846 -- in doubles (dual season only) with Khunpak Issara. The pair went 33-6 (.846) in two seasons together, which ranks third in the program annuls for total wins.
Ale Granillo - Granillo, now a senior, went 16-7 in singles during the 2013 dual season -- the most wins of any returning player. She ended the year on an 11-match win streak, which she will hope to extend at the end of the month at the SDSU Fall Classic. Although she will not be competing this weekend, Granillo won the singles draw at the 2011 Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational.
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.