NCAA Singles & Doubles Championship Fields Announced
Michaela Capannolo, Yuki Chiang, Lorraine Guillermo, Francis Alcantara and Alex Sarkissian to represent Waves at NCAA Singles & Doubles Championship.
April 30, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – The NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship fields were announced today and five student-athletes from the Pepperdine men’s and women’s tennis teams were chosen to compete against the best in the country.
On the women’s side, #24-ranked Lorraine Guillermo (Walnut, Calif./Rowland HS) earned an at-large bid into the 64-person singles field. Michaela Capannolo (Melbourne, Australia/Genazzano FCJ College) and Yuki Chiang (Ojai, Calif./Campbell Hall HS) received the West Coast Conference’s automatic bid into the doubles draw as the highest ranked active pair in the league.
The senior duo is ranked #14 in the country and received the WCC automatic bid. Similarly, Sarkissian, the 2014 WCC Player of the Year and listed at #31 in singles, also enters the tournament as the automatic entry.
This is Guillermo’s second trip to the NCAA Singles Championship, set to begin on Wednesday, May 21 in Athens, Ga. The junior earned ITA All-American status as a freshman in 2012 after reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship alongside the now graduated Khunpak Issara.
Guillermo boasts a 29-10 overall record heading into the team portion of the NCAA Championship, including nine wins over ranked opponents.
Capannolo and Chiang, ranked #81 in doubles, are making their first appearance at the championships. The sophomore-freshman combo is 15-6 this season, and is on an active six-match win streak.
Sarkissian is making his second trip to the NCAA Singles Championship. Last season, while ranked #62, Sarkissian eliminated two higher-ranked opponents – including #10 Ryan Lipman in straight sets – to reach the round of 16 and earn All-American acclaim. This year, he enters the championship ranked #31 behind a 24-10 record.
Sarkissian and Alcantara have been spectacular in 2014 and have reached as high as #7 in the doubles rankings. The duo went 19-6 in dual action this season and 21-7 overall. Even more impressive, the senior pair went 3-2 vs. top-10 foes including a 6-3 triumph over then-#1 Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee. The Volunteers enter the doubles championship as the No. 2 seed.
The NCAA Singles & Doubles Championship will take place on May 21-26, following the team championship, in Athens, Ga.
The #26 women’s squad heads to Berkeley, Calif. next week Friday, May 9 to face #43 LSU in the first round of the NCAA Team Championship.