This is the sixth time in Pepperdine women's tennis history that the Waves have advanced to the NCAA Championship quarterfinal.
The No. 12 Waves will challenge the winner of No. 5 Georgia and No. 30 NC State in an NCAA Sweet Sixteen match-up on May 19 at 1 p.m. in Athens, Ga.
The Waves will face No. 23 UCLA on Saturday at noon for the NCAA Second Round in Malibu.
This is the fifth time the Waves will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Championships.
Five women and three men either garnered first team or honorable mention acclaim.
NCAA Championships Elite 8: Pepperdine vs. Vanderbilt
Women's Tennis: NCAA Round Two vs. UCLA
Women's Tennis: No. 17 Pepperdine vs. No. 10 Stanford
Women's Tennis: No. 17 Pepperdine vs. Santa Clara
Women's Tennis: 2014 WCC Tournament (Photos by Kyle Terada)
APICHAYA RUNGLERDKRIANGKRAI CAREER STATISTICS
CAREER: ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athlete in 2015-16 … Through two seasons is 57-36 in singles (39-20 in duals) and 56-33 in doubles (36-19 in duals) … Member of the 2016 squad that advanced to the NCAA Team Championships quarterfinals, the first time the program has done so since the 1994 campaign … Two-time All-WCC in singles with a first team honor in 2015 and second team honor in 2016 … Three-time All-WCC first team in doubles … Three-time WCC All-Tournament team selection, singles in 2014 and 2015 and doubles in 2016 … Seven-time WCC Doubles Team of the Week honoree, four with Luisa Stefani in 2016 (2/23, 3/1, 3/29, 4/5) and three with Lorraine Guillermo in the 2014 (3/13, 4/1) and 2015 (4/1) campaigns … WCC All-Academic and Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar for the sport of women’s tennis in 2016 … Two-time Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … Three-time WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll “bronze” honor recipient (2014, 2015, 2016) … Member of the 2014 and 2016 squad that won a program record 15 dual matches in a row.
PEPPERDINE 2015-16: ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athlete … All-WCC first team in doubles and second team in singles … WCC All-Tournament in doubles … Four-time WCC Doubles Team of the Week with Luisa Stefani (2/23, 3/1, 3/29, 4/5) … WCC All-Academic honorable mention … Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar for the sport of women’s tennis … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll “bronze” honors … Reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Doubles Championships with Stefani … Ranked as high as #8 in the Oracle/ITA doubles rankings with Stefani and finished the season #17 in the country … Went 19-12 overall and 15-5 in dual singles play … Finished the season 25-12 overall and 17-6 in dual doubles competition … In singles, held down the number five position with a 15-3 record and charted one win against a nationally ranked opponent … Finished the last 10 matches of the season with a 4-2 record … Helped the Waves defeat 4th-ranked USC on the road with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over 114th-ranked Zoe Katz … In doubles, primarily played with Stefani, charting a 23-6 overall doubles record and a 16-4 dual record … The pairs 16 dual wins ranked 12th in Pepperdine women’s tennis history for the most wins in a single-season category … The pair started the season 5-1 in the number two doubles position, but moved up to number one to continue the success with an 11-3 record … The duo went 7-4 against nationally ranked opposition and finished the last 10 matches of the season with a 7-3 record … The pair defeated 4th-ranked Denise Starr and Maegan Manasse of top-ranked Cal in the NCAA Championships team quarterfinal with a 7-5 result to clinch the doubles point … The team downed 16th-ranked Breaunna Addison and Dani Wagland with a 6-4 result to advance through the round of 16 with a win over 24th-ranked Texas.
PEPPERDINE 2014-15: All-WCC first team honoree in both singles and doubles ... Picked up All-Tournament honors in singles at the league championships ... Went 22-13 overall in singles ... Went 9-6 at No. 3, 3-1 at No. 4 and 0-1 at No. 2 ... 4-5 vs. ranked opponents and 5-2 against WCC opponents ... Allowed three games total in two straight-set wins at the WCC Tournament ... Reached as high as #78 in the singles rankings, and ended the year at #89 ... Ended season ranked #15 in regional singles poll ... Went 20-13 overall in doubles ... Played exclusively with Lorraine Guillermo during the dual season, going 10-10 ... Produced an 8-9 doubles record at No. 1 ... WCC Doubles Team of the Week alongside Guillermo (4/1) ...Posted a team-best 8-2 doubles record in the fall and went 8-3 in singles play ... Runner-up doubles champion at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship ... Partnered with Guillermo at regionals, and lost in the finals 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1) to Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith of USC (Guillermo competed while sick) ... Went 6-1 with Guillermo in the fall ... Earned first-ever win over a ranked opponent on Oct. 18 with a 4-6, 7-5, 10-7 triumph over #57 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) ... Went on to beat #27-ranked Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) at the Jack Kramer Club Invite, 6-1, 7-5 (5) ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors.
PEPPERDINE 2013-14: All-WCC first team in doubles ... Earned WCC All-Tournament honors in singles ... Went 16-11 as a freshman in singles, including a 12-7 mark in dual action ... Posted an overall doubles record of 11-8 ... Went 9-3 in doubles during the dual season, all with Lorraine Guillermo at No. 1 ... Two-time WCC Doubles Team of the Week alongside Guillermo (3/13, 4/1) ... Played mostly at No. 6 in the singles lineup, going 9-7 ... Posted a 6-0 record vs. WCC opponents during the regular season ... Undefeated during the WCC Tournament ... Provided the dual clinching win in the finals of the WCC Tournament, topping Parminder Kaur of Saint Mary's 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-2 (4/25) ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors ... Reached as high as #120 in singles by the ITA.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from IMG Academy, located in Bradenton, Fla., in 2013 ... Also attended Montverde Academy and Keerapat International School ... Won the 2012 and 2013 IMG Masters ... 2012 recipient of the IMG Andre Agassi Award ... Competed on the ITF Pro Circuit ... Highest ITF combined ranking set at 173 ... Member of the U14 Thailand National Team in 2009 ... 2011 IMG Grand Prix Tournament champion ... Won ITF Grade 4 tournaments in Guadeloupe and India.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Maitree Runglerdkriangkrai and Chananchana Wanawattanasunthor ... Has one younger brother, Thanakorn ... More commonly referred to as "Jean" ... Majoring in advertising ... Chose Pepperdine because of its "beautiful campus, friendly teammates and perfect weather."
FAVORITES: Favorite pro athlete is Novak Djokovic ... Favorite tv shows are CSI New York, NCIS and NCIS LA ... Favorite food is Thai food ... Favorite pro teams are the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Lakers ... Favorite movies are Iron Man 3 and Seabiscuit ... Favorite sport other than tennis is soccer.