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.
Ashley Lahey and Mayar Sherif became the third and fourth Pepperdine women's tennis players to ever reach the NCAA Singles Championships semifinals.
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.
WTEN vs. UCLA (4/18/17)
ITA Kick-Off Weekend: Women's Tennis vs. Oregon
WTEN vs. Maryland (1/27/2018)
Oracle/ITA Masters - Day Three (9/23/17)
Oracle/ITA Masters - Day Two (9/22/17)
AWARDS (while at Pepperdine):
- ITA All-American singles – 2018, 17
- ITA All-American doubles – 2017
- ITA Southwest Region Most Improved Senior – 2018
- ITA Southwest Region Senior Player of the Year – 2018
- WCC Player of the Year – 2018
- All-WCC first team singles – 2018, 17
- All-WCC first team doubles – 2018, 17
- WCC Doubles Pair of the Week – 4/10/18, 4/3/18, 2/13/18, 4/11/17, 3/7/17, 2/14/17, 2/7/17
- WCC All-Tournament Team singles – 2017
- WCC All-Tournament Team doubles – 2017
- WCC All-Preseason Team – 2018
PEPPERDINE CAREER: Finished her career as the 4th player from the Pepperdine women’s tennis program to ever reach the NCAA Singles Championship semifinal …Ranked 3rd in the Pepperdine women’s tennis records after collecting a 19-1 dual record in her senior season to post a .950 winning percentage that season … Ranked 6th in the record books for highest career winning percentage after posting a 33-9 record in two seasons as a Wave for a .786 winning percentage … Ranked 7th in the record books alongside Luisa Stefani for single-season winning percentage with a .888 after going 16-2 in dual play in 2018 … Finished her junior season ranked a career-high No. 1 in the Oracle/ITA doubles rankings alongside Christine Maddox … Marked a career-best No. 10 ITA singles ranking in her senior season and finished the season ranked No. 11 overall.
PEPPERDINE 2017-18: Finished her season as the 4th player from the Pepperdine women’s tennis program to ever reach the NCAA Singles Championship semifinal … Reached the Oracle/ITA Masters semifinals and finished as runner-up in the ITA Southwest Regional Championships ... Amassed a 34-6 overall record in singles with a 19-1 record in singles dual action … Her .950 winning percentage as a senior ranked 3rd in the Pepperdine women’s tennis record books … Compiled a 21-6 overall doubles record with a 21-3 dual record in her senior season … Ranked 7th in the record books alongside Luisa Stefani for single-season winning percentage with a .888 after going 16-2 in dual play in 2018 … Ranked as high as No. 10 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings in her senior campaign and finished the season ranked No. 11 … In doubles, ranked as high as No. 8 alongside Luisa Stefani and finished the season ranked No. 18 … Went undefeated at 12-0 in the No. 3 position in her senior season … Bested No. 5-ranked Fernanda Contreras of No. 2-ranked Vanderbilt to send the Waves into the ITA National Team Indoor Championship match … Downed No. 5-ranked Gabriela Knutson of Syracuse in the NCAA Singles Championship round of 16 … She and partner Luisa Stefani bested the top-ranked doubles pair in the nation during the NCAA Championships round of 16, downing Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones of Georgia Tech.
PEPPERDINE 2016-17: Finished the season ranked a career-high No. 1 in the Oracle/ITA doubles rankings alongside partner Christine Maddox … finished the season ranked No. 28 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings and ranked as high as No. 14 during the season … reached the NCAA Singles Championship round of 16 … reached the NCAA Doubles Championship round of 32 with partner Christine Maddox … Had an overall singles record of 27-14, including a 16-9 record in dual singles matches … Had a 16-match unbeaten streak … Went 12-8 against nationally ranked opponents, including defeating the top-ranked Francesca Di Lorenzo of Ohio State in the round of 64 during the NCAA Singles Championship … 30-6 overall in doubles, including a 26-7 record with partner Christine Maddox … Had a streak of 19 unbeaten doubles matches … Went 10-5 against national-ranked opponents, including beating two separate top-ranked teams.
FRESNO STATE (2015-16): Was a part of the 5th doubles team in Fresno State’s history to earn All-America honors after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2016 NCAA Doubles Championship with her sister Rana … Earned the Mountain West’s automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Singles Championship … 2016 Mountain West Player of the Year … Named to both the All-Mountain West Singles and Doubles teams … Won the singles title at the Jack Kramer Invite while also finishing runner-up in doubles … Reached the finals of the ITA Northwest Regional with wins over No. 16 Klara Fabikova (Cal) and No. 17 Caroline Doyle (Stanford), both in straight sets … Earned an at-large bid to the USTA/ITA All-American Singles Championships … Ended the season ranked No. 68 in singles and No. 24 in doubles … Ranked as high as No. 26 in singles and No. 18 in doubles … Finished the year with a combined 56 wins, tallying a 30-12 overall singles record and a 26-10 doubles record … Earned 13 wins over national-ranked opposition, seven in singles and six in doubles … Went 18-6 in singles dual play, while playing in the No. 1 position … Had a 16-6 record in No. 1 doubles spot … Contributed to an 8-0 record at home and a final ITA team ranking of No. 43.
FRESNO STATE (2014-15): 2015 Mountain West Freshman of the Year … Named to both the All-Mountain West Singles and Doubles teams … Played in all 23 dual matches, posting 22-3 record in both singles and doubles play … Had a 14-match winning streak from Jan. 18-Mar. 13 … Finished the season with eight consecutive singles victories … Posted a 21-1 record in dual play with an 8-0 record against Mountain West singles opponents … Along with her sister, went on a 17-match winning streak in doubles from Jan. 25-Apr. 3, while the pair went 20-2 in dual matches, including a 7-1 record against conference opponents … Helped the team to a 9-1 record at home and a final national ranking of No. 58.
JUNIORS: Reached a top-50 ITF ranking and was No. 550 in WTA … Earned second place in AJC and was a doubles finalist … Played in the FedCup and stayed in Group 2 for the first time in Egypt’s history … Was 13 the first time she played in the FedCup … Won first place AJC U14 and U16 … Tabbed as number one in Africa under 14, 16 and 18 for most of junior’s time … Winner of the African Championship for U14 and U16.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Amal Thabet and Sherif Ahmed … Has three siblings: Rana, Dalya, Rawan … Sister, Rana, also played at Fresno State and the two were doubles partners for two seasons … Graduated from Lycee el Horeya de Bab el Louck in Cairo, Egypt in 2014 … Majoring in Sports Medicine at Pepperdine and has career aspirations of playing professional tennis … Chose Pepperdine because it “was the best opportunity and I felt comfortable with head coach Per Nilsson” … She loves giving presents to people.
FAVORITES: Favorite professional athlete is Kim Clijsters … Favorite TV Show is Kara Sevda … Favorite musical artist is Adele … Favorite food is Mediterranean … Favorite sport other than tennis is basketball.