This is Luisa Stefani's third-consecutive ITA All-American honor in singles, while both Mayar Sherif and Ashley Lahey have earned two-consecutive All-American nods.
This is the first time since the 2011 campaign that one program has sent three competitors into the NCAA Singles Championships quarterfinals.
With the win today, Luisa Stefani earned her third-straight ITA All-American honor in singles. Mayar Sherif and Ashley Lahey both earned their second.
#27-ranked Luisa Stefani opened the tournament with a three-set upset over #1 Bianca Turati of Texas.
The Waves will take on Georgia Tech on Thursday, May 17 at 4 p.m. PT in Winston-Salem, N.C.
WTEN vs. UCLA (4/18/17)
ITA Kick-Off Weekend: Women's Tennis vs. Oregon
WTEN vs. Maryland (1/27/2018)
NCAA Championships Elite 8: Pepperdine vs. Vanderbilt
Women's Tennis: NCAA Round Two vs. UCLA
- ITA All-American singles – 2018, 17, 16
- ITA National Rookie of the Year – 2016
- ITA Southwest Region Player to Watch – 2016
- ITA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year – 2016
- West Coast Conference Player of the Year – 2017, 16
- WCC Freshman of the Year – 2016
- All-WCC first team singles – 2018, 17, 16
- All-WCC first team doubles – 2018, 17, 16
- WCC All-Academic honorable mention – 2018, 17
- WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll bronze – 2018, 17, 16
- Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar third team honoree – 2017
- Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete – 2018, 17, 16
- WCC All-Tournament Team singles – 2016
- WCC All-Tournament Team doubles – 2016
- WCC Player of the Week – 3/6/18, 2/6/18, 3/28/17, 3/14/17, 2/28/17, 2/7/17, 4/5/16, 3/1/16, 2/23/16, 2/9/16
- WCC Doubles Pair of the Week – 4/10/18, 4/3/18, 4/25/17, 4/4/17, 4/26/16, 4/5/16, 3/29/16, 3/1/16, 2/23/16, 2/9/16
- Nominee for Honda Collegiate Women’s Sports Award – 2016
- WCC All-Preseason Team
PEPPERDINE CAREER: Ranked 1st in the Pepperdine women’s tennis record books with her .847 career winning percentage after three seasons, posting a 50-9 overall record in singles dual action … Ranked 7th in the record books alongside Mayar Sherif for single-season winning percentage with a .888 after going 16-2 in dual play in 2018 …Earned WCC Player of the Year for two-straight years and was only the 5th player in WCC women’s tennis history to do earn back-to- back honors in 2016 and 2017 … Reached the semifinals of the 2016 NCAA Singles Championships in 2016, the first time a Wave has done so since the 1989 campaign when 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Noelle Porter-Radnoti did so … Compiled an 82-20 overall singles record with a 50-9 record in dual play throughout three seasons … Amassed a 62-22 doubles career record with a 52-14 dual doubles record … Ranked as high as No. 2 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings and No. 8 in the Oracle/ITA doubles rankings alongside Mayar Sherif.
PEPPERIDNE 2017-18: Finished the season ranked a season-high No. 19 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings … Finished the season ranked No. 18 in the Oracle/ITA doubles rankings alongside Mayar Sherif and rnaked as high as No. 8 throughout the season ... Posted a 16-4 overall singles record with an 11-3 dual output and a 5-0 record against conference opponents … Tallied a 17-4 overall doubles record including a 17-2 dual record in her junior season … Bested top-ranked Bianca Turati of Texas in the NCAA Singles Championship opening round to advance ... Posted an 8-3 record against ranked opponents … Defeated top-ranked Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones in the NCAA Championships round of 16 alongside Mayar Sherif.
PEPPERDINE 2016-17: 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 … 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: Reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Doubles Championships alongside partner Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai … 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 … Defeated #22 Catherine Harrison of UCLA in three sets to take home the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship singles crown … 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 … 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.
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.