The team ranked No. 3; Stefani, Lahey and Sherif Ahmed rank top-25 in singles (8, 21, 22) and Maddox, Sherif Ahmed and Stefani, Runglerdriangkrai rank top-10 doubles (3, 8).
Luisa Stefani is seeded 3rd in the singles draw and 2nd in doubles alongside partner Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai.
The 2015-16 Pepperdine women's tennis team also took home an ITA All-Academic Team award.
Student-athletes were recognized for achieving a 3.0 grade-point average or better.
This is the fifth-consecutive season that a Waves' doubles pair has reached the NCAA Doubles Championships Sweet Sixteen.
Women's Tennis: 2014 WCC Tournament (Photos by Kyle Terada)
Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational - Sept. 13-15, 2013 - Photos by Wallace Craig
MATEA CUTURA CAREER STATISTICS
CAREER: ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athlete in 2015-16 … Through four seasons, one a DePaul and three at Pepperdine, is 78-35 in singles (51-26 in duals) and 80-38 in doubles (59-23 in duals) … Tied for 4th in the Pepperdine record books with 27 career doubles dual wins with Christine Maddox (the pair went 27-6 in dual competition over two seasons together) … Three-time All-WCC doubles performer with two first team doubles and one second team doubles honors … Three-time All-WCC singles performer with one second team selection and two honorable mention nods … Two-time WCC All-Tournament selection (2014, 2015) … Two-time Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete and WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll “bronze” honoree … Big East Freshman of the Year in her year at DePaul … Big East Player of the Week honors on two occasions (2/5/13, 3/13/13) … Eight-time WCC Doubles Team of the Week selection (2014 – 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 4/22; 2015 – 2/24, 3/17; 2016 – 2/9, 4/26) … Integral member of the 2016 squad that reached the NCAA Championships quarterfinals, the first time the program has done so since the 1994 season … Represented the Waves at the 2015 and 2016 NCAA Doubles Championship alongside Christine Maddox and reached the second round in 2015 and round of 16 in 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 … Ranked as high as #3 in the ITA doubles rankings alongside partner Christine Maddox and finished the season ranked #19 … All-WCC first team in doubles and honorable mention in singles … Two-time WCC Doubles Team of the Week honoree (2/9, 4/26) … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete … WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll “bronze” honors ... Reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Doubles Championships … Collected a 19-10 overall singles record and went 13-7 in the dual season … In doubles, finished the season 27-8 overall and went 18-3 in dual play … Went 4-3 in the number three singles slot, 7-3 in the number four position and 2-1 in the number five spot … Went an undefeated 11-0 in the number two doubles position in dual competition alongside Maddox … Finished with a 7-6 record against nationally ranked opposition … Went 12-0 overall in the number two doubles position and 6-3 in the number one singles position … Also played with Luisa Stefani in doubles, going 4-0 in the number one slot … Also competed alongside Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai and Dzina Milovanovic … Helped the Waves defeated Stanford (ranked 20th at the time) for the first time in program history with a three-set win over Krista Lampl in singles and a 6-1 win (with Maddox) over Melissa Lord and Kimberly Lee … Led the Waves to the NCAA quarterfinals with a two-set win in the second round of 20th-ranked USC’s Jessica Failla and a two set win over 24th-ranked Texas’ Daniella Roldan … Finished the last 10 matches of the season with a 9-1 record, including wins over 14th-ranked Vanderbilt pair Sydney Campbell and Courtney Colton and 83rd-ranked USC duo Zoe Katz and Madison Westby.
PEPPERDINE 2014-15: Sat out the fall season following surgery ... Returned to the lineup on January 30 vs. USC ... All-WCC first-team performer in doubles and an honorable mention in singles ... Went 13-6 in singles, all in dual play ... Began season at No. 6 in the singles lineup while getting back into form and ended the year at No. 3 ... Went 2-1 at No. 3, 4-2 at No. 4, 3-0 at No. 5 and 4-3 at No. 6 ... Produced an 8-1 singles record and 7-0 doubles record vs. WCC opponents ... Ranked as high as #21 in doubles alongside Christine Maddox and ended the year at #25 ... Ranked #5 in the region ... Defeated Memphis' #37 Alyssa Hibberd/Anki Wind, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the opening round of the NCAA Doubles Championship ... Twice named WCC Doubles Team of the Week alongside Maddox (2/24, 3/17) ... WCC All-Tournament doubles selection ... Went 16-6 in doubles overall, including a 15-4 tally with Maddox ... Won 11 in a row with Maddox, including two wins over top-30 pairs ... Defeated #28 Robin Anderson/Chanelle Van Nguyen of UCLA, 6-3 (2/27) ... Defeated Cal's #11 Zsofi Susanyi/Klara Fabikova, 6-3 (3/14) ... Went 12-1 with Maddox at No. 2 and 2-2 at No. 1 ...Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors.
PEPPERDINE 2013-14: All-WCC second team in both singles and doubles ... Earned WCC All-Tournament honors in both singles and doubles ... Went 20-10 in singles as a sophomore, including an 11-6 record in duals ... Played exclusively from the No. 2 spot in the singles lineup ... Posted an 18-9 record in doubles, including a 15-4 record in duals ... Went 14-3 with Ale Granillo, going 3-1 at No. 2 and 11-2 at No. 3 ... Won eight doubles matches in a row with Granillo, spanning Feb. 1-March 15 ... Four-time WCC Doubles Team of the Week alongside Granillo (2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 4/22) ... Reached as high as #79 in the ITA singles rankings and concluded the year listed at #20 in the Southwest regional rankings ... Concluded season on a five match win streak and was unbeaten in the final 10 matches of the season.
DEPAUL 2012-13: BIG EAST Freshman of the Year ... Posted an overall singles record of 26-9, including a 14-7 record in dual action ... Played at No. 1 singles all season ... All-BIG EAST first team in singles ... Ranked in every ITA singles poll in 2013, reaching as high as #72 and ending her freshman campaign at #94 ... Twice named the BIG EAST Player of the Week (Feb. 5 and March 13) ... Listed at #7 in the final ITA Midwest Regional rankings in singles ... 5-2 versus ranked opponents ... Defeated then #12-ranked Kate Turvy of Northwestern 6-1, 6-3 on Oct. 12, 2012 ... 20-15 overall in doubles, including 12-11 in dual action ... Saw action at #1 and #2 doubles.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Gimnazija Birotehnika in 2012 ... Won U-16 and U-18 national championship in Croatia ... Participated on the U-16 and U-18 Croatian National Teams ... Placed second at the Croatian Senior National Championship.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Zeljko and Sladjana Cutura... Older sister to Anamaria, Lea and Jure.
FAVORITES: Favorite professional athlete is Venus Williams ... Favorite book is Infidel ... Favorite tv shows are Malcolm in the Middle and Prison Break ... Favorite musical artists are Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Rihanna ... Favorite sport other than tennis are handball and basketball.