#6 Pepperdine Advances to ITA National Team Indoor Championship

Ashley Lahey (Photo courtesy of ITA, Dan Johnson)
Ashley Lahey (Photo courtesy of ITA, Dan Johnson)
Feb. 11, 2018

Final Stats

Results

MADISON, Wis. – Sophomore Ashley Lahey came up big for the second-straight match for the No. 6 Pepperdine women’s tennis team, clinching the 4-3 upset over No. 2 Vanderbilt to advance the Waves to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship match tomorrow at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

After dropping the doubles point, the Waves (6-0) battled back with four singles wins against the Commodores (6-1) to secure a spot in the finals. Along with Lahey, No. 20 Mayar Sherif, No. 75 Laura Gulbe and No. 82 Dzina Milovanovic all earned victories to secure the win.

Pepperdine will challenge No. 5 North Carolina tomorrow at 9 a.m. in the Waves’ first-ever ITA National Team Indoor Championship appearance.

Pepperdine LogoRESULTS
#6 Pepperdine 4, #2 Vanderbilt 3

Singles

1: #27 Ashley Lahey (PEPP) def. #51 Astra Sharma (VAN) – 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-1

2: #20 Mayar Sherif (PEPP) def. #5 Fernanda Contreras (VAN) – 7-5, 6-0

3: #19 Christina Rosca (VAN) def. Evgeniya Levashova (PEPP) – 6-3, 6-4

4: #75 Laura Gulbe (PEPP) def. Emma Kurtz (VAN) – 6-0, 6-3

5: #85 Dzina Milovanovic (PEPP) def. Summer Dvorak (VAN) – 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

6: Amanda Meyer (VAN) def. Adrijana Lekaj (PEPP) 6-2, 6-7 (3)

Order of Finish: 4, 2, 3, 6, 5, 1*

Doubles

1: Ashley Lahey/Mayar Sherif (PEPP) def. #31 Astra Sharma/Fernanda Contreras (VAN) – 7-5

2: Emma Kurtz/Emily Smith (VAN) def. Evgeniya Levashova/Dzina Milovanovic (PEPP) – 7-6 (1)

3: Amanda Meyer/Christina Rosca (VAN) def. Laura Gulbe/Adrijana Lekaj (PEPP) – 6-1

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2*

Pepperdine LogoMATCH RECAP
Pepperdine fell on court three to open doubles play, but Ashley Lahey and Mayar Sherif countered on court one with a 7-5 upset win over No. 31 Astra Sharma and Fernanda Contreras. Evgeniya Levashova and Dzina Milovanovic took Emma Kurtz and Emily Smith to a tiebreak on court two, but the Commodores were able to pull away towards a 7-6 (1) win to send their team into singles with the lead.

No. 75 Laura Gulbe dominated Kurtz from the start in the No. 4 position, picking up 6-0 and 6-3 sets to tie the score for the Waves. No. 20 Sherif then gave Pepperdine the team’s first lead of the day with a 7-5, 6-0 upset win over No. 5 Contreras on court two. Vanderbilt evened the match and then pulled ahead 3-2 with wins on courts three and six.

No. 82 Dzina Milovanovic was resilient on court five though. After going down with a 6-4 loss in the first set to Summer Dvorak, she fought back and forced a third set with a 6-3 second set win. She then crushed her opposition in the third set en route to a 6-1 set win to tie the match and put all eyes on Lahey and Sharma in the No. 1 position.

No. 27 Lahey took the first set 7-5 over No. 51 Sharma, but the Commodore forced a third with a 7-6 (3) second set win. Fueled by the energy and the recent win by Milovanovic, Lahey moved ahead to a quick 4-0 lead in the third set. She continued with the momentum and clinched the 4-3 match-win with a 6-1 final set mark.

Pepperdine LogoNOTABLES

  • The Waves are now 3-0 against opponents ranked in the top-12 of the Oracle/ITA rankings.
  • This is the first doubles point the Waves have dropped in six matches played this season.
  • This match is redemption from last year where Vanderbilt dropped the Waves out during the NCAA Championship quarterfinals.
  • Mayar Sherif, Ashley Lahey and Luisa Stefani all currently have untarnished dual records with 5-0, 4-0 and 2-0 records respectively. The three have all played in the No. 1 and 2 positions, tallying a 9-0 collective record this season.
  • Pepperdine has gone 6-0 in the No. 1 doubles position this season thus far, including three wins against ranked opponents.
  • The Waves have gone 22-6 in singles action and 11-4 in doubles play this season.
  • The Waves have five ranked in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings, #20 Mayar Sherif, #27 Ashley Lahey, #35 Luisa Stefani, #75 Laura Gulbe and #82 Dzina Milovanovic. The team has one doubles pair ranked with Sherif and Stefani ranking #39.
  • Luisa Stefani is currently competing in the Federal Cup for her home country Brazil.

    Pepperdine LogoNEXT UP
    Pepperdine will continue with the ITA National Team Indoor Championship tomorrow in the finals against No. 5 North Carolina at 9 a.m.

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