Nov. 6, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Junior Lorraine Guillermo of the Pepperdine women's tennis team will battle with the best of the best this week, Nov. 7-10, at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Additionally, five members of the squad will be heading to nearby Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. for the Jack Kramer Club Collegiate Invitational.
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WAVES AT NATIONAL INDOORS - This is Guillermo's second trip to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship, but the first time she'll be competing in singles ... Last season, Guillermo teamed up with Khunpak Issara to reach the semifinals in doubles ... The duo won the back draw at the 2012 Riviera/ITA All-American Championship to earn the automatic entry bid ... Ginger Helgeson won the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship in 1990, marking the only time Pepperdine has won the event.
JACK KRAMER CLUB COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL - Five members of the team including Ale Granillo, Michaela Capannolo, Yuki Chiang, Matea Cutura and Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai will be heading to Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. for the Jack Kramer Club Collegiate Invitational ... This will be the final fall tournament of the season for Pepperdine.
INDOOR NATIONALS DRAW - #29-ranked Guillermo will face West Coast Conference foe #22 Jenny Jullien of Saint Mary's in round one on Thursday ... Guillermo is 1-1 vs. Jullien all-time ... Jullien def. Guillermo 7-5, 6-0 during the regular-season meeting vs. the Gaels during the 2013 dual season ... Guillermo topped Jullien 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to clinch the 4-0 victory over Saint Mary's during the 2013 WCC Tournament Championship.
GUILLERMO CAREER NOTES - Through three seasons, has produced a singles record of 57-26 (28-18 in duals) and a doubles record of 55-21 (36-8 in duals) ... Holds the Pepperdine program record for career winning percentage in doubles -- .846 -- (dual season only) with Khunpak Issara ... Went 33-6 (.846) in two seasons with Issara, which ranks third in the program annuls for total wins ... Guillermo opened the 2013 season by winning the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland, Texas ... Reached the main draw of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship as a qualifier ... Advanced to the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship.
RETURNERS - Five student-athletes, all regulars in last year's lineup, return in 2013-14 including senior Ale Granillo (Pachuca, Mexico/Instituto Hidalgo), 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 - Four new players, including three 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' three freshmen additions include Yuki Chiang (Ojai, Calif./Campbell Hall HS), Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (Bangkok, Thailand/IMG Academy) and Pattaraporn Salirathavibhaga (Bangkok, Thailand/International School Bangkok).
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 was inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Oct. 20.
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.