Waves Advance to WCC Championship Semifinals After 4-0 Win Over Loyola Marymount

April 21, 2011

Complete Results

 

SAN DIEGO – The #29 Pepperdine women’s tennis team got the 2011 West Coast Conference Championships started with a dominating 4-0 win over Loyola Marymount.  The Waves improve to 12-7 and a perfect 4-0 versus league opponents heading into tomorrow’s semifinal match.

Since the dual-match format was established in 1995, the Waves have won all 16 opening-round contests, and have put together an overall record of 47-2.

The Lions challenged Pepperdine in doubles, but the Waves emerged victorious to gain the early advantage.

Khunpak Issara (Bangkok, Thailand/World Study Centre) and Ale Granillo (Pachuca, Mexico/Hidalgo Instituto) topped Reka Rohonyi and Elisaveta Pronkova 8-6 to improve their win streak to team-high six matches.

Ali Walters (Newport Beach, Calif./Creekside Christian HS) made her dual-season debut in doubles with an 8-5 triumph in the No. 3 match alongside doubles partner Arianna Colffer (Corona, Calif./Buena Vista).

Pepperdine dominated LMU in singles, beginning with Granillo’s 6-0, 6-0 win versus Miya Jin.

Anamika Bhargava (Collierville, Tenn./Houston HS) won her sixth-consecutive singles match with a 6-3, 6-0 triumph against Melissa Valenzuela.

Issara tallied her 15th win of the dual season, downing Rohonyi, 6-1, 6-2.

With the dual decided, the remaining contests were not completed.  However, Marie Zalameda (Los Angeles, Calif./Beverly Hills HS) was just two games shy of sealing the straight-set win versus Estelle La Porta.  Colffer was deadlocked at six games apiece in the first set of the top match, while Megan Moore (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) was up a set when play was halted.


 

 

With the team win, the Waves add a point for Pepperdine in the PCH Cup standings, a year-long scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the two institutions. The Waves currently hold a 12-6 lead.

The Waves clash with the winner of the Portland-Saint Mary’s match tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.  Pepperdine last played the Pilots during the opening round of the 2010 WCC Championships and won 4-0.  While the Broncos upset the Waves during the league’s title match last season, this year’s regular-season dual between the two squads resulted in a 4-3 victory for Pepperdine on March 27.

#29 Pepperdine 4, Loyola Marymount University 0
Singles competition 
1. Arianna Colffer (PEP) vs. April Bisaharat (LMU) 6-6, unfinished
2. Anamika Bhargava (PEP) def. Melissa Valenzuela (LMU) 6-3, 6-0
3. Ale Granillo (PEP) def. Miya Jin (LMU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Khunpak Issara (PEP) def. Reka Rohonyi (LMU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Marie Zalameda (PEP) led Estelle La Porte (LMU) 6-1, 4-2, unfinished
6. Megan Moore (PEP) vs. Elisaveta Pronkova (LMU) 6-3, 1-5, unfinished

Doubles competition 
1. Marie Zalameda/Anamika Bhargava (PEP) vs. April Bisaharat/Melissa Valenzuela (LMU) 7-4,
unfinished
2. Khunpak Issara/Ale Granillo (PEP) def. Reka Rohonyi/Elisaveta Pronkova (LMU) 8-6
3. Arianna Colffer/Ali Walters (PEP) def. Miya Jin/Shauna Morgan (LMU) 8-5

Match Notes:
Pepperdine 12-7, 4-0 WCC; National ranking #29

 

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