Nov. 6, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women’s tennis team concludes the fall tournament season with two different events this weekend. Khunpak Issara and Lorraine Guillermo, announced today as the October West Coast Conference doubles team of the month, head to Flushing, N.Y. for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. The remaining members of the team will compete at the Jack Kramer Invitational on Nov. 9-11 in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.
Guillermo (Walnut, Calif./Rowland HS) and Issara (Bangkok, Thailand/Bangkok Patana School) won the consolation bracket at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships to earn the bid to the national indoor tournament and pick up WCC Doubles Team of the Month honors.
The duo, ranked No. 7 in the preseason ITA doubles poll, suffered in early loss in the main draw but fired back with four-straight wins - all against ranked teams - to win the consolation bracket. Guillermo and Issara defeated teams from Memphis, Stanford, Cal, and Florida.
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.
This is the fourth time the Pepperdine tandem has earned WCC Doubles Team of the Month accolades.
USTA/ITA NATIONAL INDOOR INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP - Issara and Granillo open play at the indoor championships on Thursday, Nov. 8. The event will be held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center -- home of the U.S. Open -- in Flushing, N.Y. It is the only tournament on the ITA calendar to showcase elite players from every level of college tennis and serves as the culmination of the fall season. This prestigious event features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw. Draws for the tournament, which begins on Thursday, Nov. 8, will be released later this week and can be found on the ITA website. In addition to the draws, links to player bios and live scoring is also available: http://gowav.es/WrQHtC Radio coverage will be provided for free by RadioTennis.com, with broadcasts beginning at 7:15 a.m. (PT) each morning.
JACK KRAMER CLUB INVITE - The remaining members of the team, including Tara Panu, Megan Moore, Abigail Phillips and Ale Granillo, could see action at the Jack Kramer Club Invitational. The tournament will feature both singles and doubles brackets.
USTA/ITA SOUTHWEST REGIONAL RECAP - The Waves had a successful run at regionals highlighted by Lorraine Guillermo’s appearance in the singles semifinals. In addition to Guillermo, Ale Granillo and Khunpak Issara represented Pepperdine in the round of 16.
COVERAGE - Results and recaps for this weekend’s action will be posted at PepperdineSports.com.
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WCC SINGLES PLAYER OF THE MONTH - Lorraine Guillermo went a perfect 3-0 in singles 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.
LOOKING AHEAD - The Waves take a break until after the new year, when they begin the 2013 dual season.
2012 ALL-WCC TEAM - The Waves earned high acclaim in the 2012 all-conference awards. Lorraine Guillermo was dubbed West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, becoming the seventh player in Pepperdine history to do so. Guillermo also picked up second-team honors in singles and first-team accolades in doubles. Khunpak Issara made the first team roster in both singles and doubles, while Ale Granillo made All-WCC singles second team. Ali Walters and Arianna Colffer both earned honorable mention status in both singles and doubles.
WRITING RECORDS - Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara’s 2012 doubles win tally of 20 ranks fifth in Pepperdine’s single season record book.
PRESEASON RANKINGS - Khunpak Issara earned a preseason singles rank #39 and Ale Granillo is ranked #74 in the poll. Pepperdine’s #1 doubles pair, Issara and Lorraine Guillermo, open the 2012-13 season with a preseason ranking of #7.
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.