Women's Tennis History
The Pepperdine women’s tennis program has long been a player on the national stage, with repeated strong showings at the NCAA Championships and far more West Coast Conference championships than any other school.
Pepperdine’s history is synonymous with head coach Gualberto Escudero, who begins his 36th season in charge of the program in 2012-13. While Pepperdine had a women’s tennis team prior to his hiring as head coach in 1977-78, all of the school’s records begin with his era.
And in the last 35 seasons, Escudero has led Pepperdine to a 620-317 record and 29 berths in NCAA postseason events (28 not including regionals). The Waves have reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament on four occasions (1989, 1990, 1991 and 1994). Pepperdine hasn’t missed the postseason since 1987.
The Waves have finished among the nation’s top 10-ranked squads eight times and in the top 25 on 26 occasions.
None of the competition in the WCC comes close to matching the Waves, who have won a total of 22 league tournament titles and the first-ever awarded regular-season crown in 2012. Pepperdine won 14 straight from 1988-2001, and another seven in a row from 2003-09. The Waves have won all but five of the WCC championship tournaments ever held, and no other school has won more than two. Since the tournament went to its current dual-match format in 1995, the Waves have posted a remarkable 50-3 (.943) record.
Over the years, Pepperdine has collected 35 All-American selections, four WCC Player of the Year awards and seven WCC Freshman of the Year accolades.
The Waves have had two four-time All-Americans: Janna Kovacevich (1988-91) and Angela Lawrence (1996-99). Three-time All-Americans include Ginger Helgeson, Noelle Porter and Ipek Senoglu, while Zsofia Csapo, Pam Jung, Paola Palencia and Isabela Petrov were two-time All-Americans.
Pepperdine’s most recent All-Americans were Khunpak Issara and Lorraine Guillermo in doubles in 2012. The duo upset two top-30 ranked pairs to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship.
The Waves have also produced many standouts in the classroom, including Anna Brunstrom, who received CoSIDA Academic All-American second team honors in 1991, in addition to 42 WCC All-Academic selections since 1992.