#6 Pepperdine Advances to ITA National Team Indoor Championship
This is the first-ever ITA National Team Indoor Championship appearance for the Waves.
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.
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*
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*
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.