Ashley Lahey begins the 2017-18 campaign ranked No. 3 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings.
Women's soccer led all teams with 17 honorees.
Mayar Sherif tabbed both ITA All-American singles and doubles accolades.
This is the first time since 1990 that two Waves have advanced to the NCAA Singles Round of 16.
This is the sixth time in Pepperdine women's tennis history that the Waves have advanced to the NCAA Championship quarterfinal.
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
LUISA STEFANI CAREER STATISTICS
PEPPERDINE 2016-17: WCC Player of the Year for second-straight year (5th player in WCC women’s tennis history to do earn back-to- back honors) … All-WCC first team singles … All-WCC first team doubles with Ashley Lahey … Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar third team for women’s tennis … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … WCC All-Academic honorable mention … WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll ‘bronze’ honors … finished the season ranked No. 12 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings and ranked as high as No. 2 during the season … finished the season ranked No. 44 in the Oracle/ITA doubles rankings and ranked as high as No. 6 alongside partner Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai … competed in the NCAA Singles Championship … WCC Player of the Week four times (3/28, 3/14, 2/28, 2/7) … WCC Doubles Pair of the Week twice (once with Christine Maddox – 4/25; once with Ashley Lahey – 4/4) … finished as Oracle/ITA Masters runner-up …25-20 overall on the year in singles, including a 17-4 dual singles match record … 15-6 against nationally-ranked opponents, including defeating the then top-ranked Hayley Carter of UNC on 10/16 in the semi-finals of the Oracle/ITA Masters … Had an 18-12 overall doubles record on the year, including a 15-18 dual doubles match record … Went 9-8 with Runglerdkriangkrai as a partner on the year … With Runglerdkriangkrai, went 3-2 against ranked opponents, including a win against the second-ranked team from Florida on 10/8.
PEPPERDINE 2015-16: ITA All-American in singles … ITA National Rookie of the Year (first time a Pepperdine player has earned the reward all-time) … Nominee for Honda Collegiate Women’s Sports Award … Reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Doubles Championships alongside partner Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai … ITA Southwest Region Player to Watch … ITA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year … WCC Player of the Year … WCC Freshman of the Year … All-WCC first team in both singles and doubles … WCC All-Tournament team in both singles and doubles … Four-time WCC Singles Player of the Week (2/9, 2/23, 3/1, 4/5) … Six-time WCC Doubles Team of the Week – four with Runglerdkriangkrai (2/23, 3/1, 3/29, 4/5) and two with Matea Cutura (2/9, 4/26) … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll “bronze” honors … Ranked as high as #2 in the Oracle/ITA national singles rankings and finished the season ranked #3 … Ranked as high as #8 in the doubles rankings and finished the season ranked #17 with Runglerdkriangkrai … Reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championships, the first time a Wave has done so since the 1989 campaign when 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Noelle Porter-Radnoti did so … Member of the 2016 squad that reached the NCAA Championships quarterfinal for the first time since 1994 … Member of the 2016 squad that tied a program record by winning 15-consecutive matches … Posted a 40-6 overall singles record and 22-2 record in dual play … Finished the season with a 27-6 doubles record and a 20-4 dual record … Ties for 5th in program history with 22 single-season dual singles wins … Ranks 4th in program history with a .917 single-season winning percentage after going 22-2 in dual play … She and Runglerdkriangkrai rank 12th in the Pepperdine record books with 16 doubles dual wins … In singles, was a mainstay in the number one slot with her 22-2 record … Went 26-5 against nationally ranked opposition … Reached the quarterfinals of the Oracle/ITA Masters with a three-set win over Vanderbilts 14th-ranked Astra Sharma … In the Waves’ season-opener against #18 Ohio State, Stefani bested #2 single Francesca Di Lorenzo with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 result … Downed 24th-ranked Texas’ top single 9th-ranked Breaunna Addison twice, first 6-3, 6-1 … Defeated #22 Catherine Harrison of UCLA in three sets to take home the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship singles crown … Finished the last 10 matches of the season with an 8-1 record … In doubles, primarily played alongside Rungerldriangkrai, accumulating a 5-1 record in the number two slot to open the season before moving up to the number one position to go 11-3 … Went 7-4 against nationally ranked opposition … Also collected a perfect 4-0 record when playing with Cutura … She and Runglerdkriangkrai took home the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship doubles crown in an all-Pepperdine final (the Waves made up three of the four quarterfinal squads) … The pair downed 2nd-ranked Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle to lead the Waves to a 4-3 win over #20 Stanford, marking the first time the Waves defeated the Cardinal in program history … Bested 16th-ranked Addison and Dani Wagland of #24 Texas in the NCAA Championship round of 16 with a 6-4 result … Downed 4th-ranked Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr of top-ranked Cal in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal to help clinch the doubles point … Advanced through the NCAA Doubles Championship first round with a three set win over 13th-ranked Paige Hourigan and Kendal Woodard of Georgia Tech.
JUNIORS: Finished ranked No. 14 on the ITF Junior World Rankings and ranked as high as No. 10 (March 2015) … played on all four grand slam ITF junior events including the Australian Open in 2015, French Open in 2014 and 2015, Wimbledon in 2014 and 2015 and the U.S. Open in 2014 and 2015 … Most recently reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open Doubles Tournament … Reached the 2014 French Open Doubles semifinals … Competed in team competitions representing Brazil in the Juniors Fed Cup (2013) and Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China … Amassed three doubles titles including Astrid Bowl (G1, 2015), Campeonato Juvenil Internacional de Porto Alegre (Georgia), and Banana Bowl (G1, 2014 and 2015) … Earned singles titles in the Sudamericano Individual GB1 in La Paz, Bolivia in 2014 and 2015.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Saddlebrook Preparatory School in Wesley Chapel, Fla.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Marcelo Stefani and Alessandra Stefani … One brother Arthur … Majoring in advertising … Cited as saying unforgettable life experiences and travelling around the world are what she loves most about tennis … Can speak three languages, English, Spanish and Portuguese … Most thrilling moment in sports was in March, 2013, “had a singles-match winning streak of 24 and won four tournaments in a row (Barbados (^4), Puerto Rico (G5), Banana Bowl (16s) and Copa Gerdau (16s), and reached the semifinals of a future event in sequence. It was a turning point in my career and a great feeling to accomplish a goal I had set in the beginning of the year.” … Chose Pepperdine because she “believe[s] in the academic program and coaching staff, and the overall surroundings are what I need to reach my personal goals in the future.”
FAVORITES: Favorite professional athlete is Roger Federer … Favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho … Favorite show is How I Met Your Mother … Favorite food is her grandmother’s food … Favorite professional team are the Corinthians … Favorite movie is Untouchables … Favorite musical artist is Jorge e Mateus … Favorite sport to watch other than tennis is gymnastics … Favorite hobbies other than tennis include spending time with family, friends and her dog, playing other sports and listening to music in a relaxing and nice environment.