Waves Win Program-Record 15th Straight, Advance in Tournament
Pepperdine defeats LSU 4-1 to improve to 21-10 all-time in the first round of the NCAA Championship.
May 9, 2014
BERKELEY, Calif. – The Pepperdine women’s tennis team made its mark in program history today, winning its record-setting 15th dual match in a row to advance to the second round of the NCAA Championship. The #24-ranked Waves defeated #40 LSU by a score of 4-1 on the courts of the Hellman Tennis Complex.
Pepperdine, now 19-4 overall in 2014, has not lost a dual since the month of February. The previous program record was set in 1999 when the Waves were victorious in 14 consecutive matches.
Michaela Capannolo (Melbourne, Australia/Genazzano FCJ College) and Yuki Chiang (Ojai, Calif./Campbell Hall HS) got the Waves’ NCAA Tournament run off on perhaps a perfect note, blanking Abigail Owens and Gabrielle Otero, 8-0.
Although the Tigers claimed victory at No. 3, Lorraine Guillermo (Walnut, Calif./Rowland HS) and Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (Bangkok, Thailand/IMG Academy) stepped up to provide the clincher at No. 1.
After exchanging games with Joana Vale Costa and Noel Scott, Guillermo and Runglerdkriangkrai broke serve at a crucial moment in the match to take a 7-5 lead. Runglerdkriangkrai then served out the match successfully to secure the 1-0 lead heading into singles.
As has been the case nearly all season long, Pepperdine separated themselves in singles by putting its depth on display. The Waves won the first sets on four of the six courts, with their two losses being decided by two games or less.
Ale Granillo (Pachuca, Mexico/Instituto Hidalgo) marched off the court first, putting away a decisive 6-2, 6-1 decision against Owens.
Chiang extended Pepperdine’s lead, 3-0, after topping Skyler Holloway 7-5, 6-2.
Although LSU got on the board with a win at No. 6, Matea Cutura (Zagreb, Croatia/Gimnazija Birotehnika/DePaul) completed her match just moments later to lift the Waves out of reach, 4-1. Cutura defeated Scott in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
Next up, Pepperdine will play #6 Cal on Saturday, May 10. First serve is set for 12 p.m. and can be watched live here.
The winner of tomorrow’s NCAA Tournament second-round contest will move on to Athens, Ga. where the remainder of the team championships will play out on May 15-20. The singles and doubles championship will follow, including Guillermo, Chiang and Capannolo, on May 21-26.
LSU vs Pepperdine (NCAA Championship - First Round)
May 09, 2014 at Berkeley, Calif.
(Hellman Tennis Complex)
#24 Pepperdine 4, #40 LSU 1
1. #26 Lorraine Guillermo (PEP) vs. #74 Joana Vale Costa (LSU) 6-7 (5-7), 2-5, unfinished
2. #124 Matea Cutura (PEP) def. Noel Scott (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
3. #88 Ale Granillo (PEP) def. Abigail Owens (LSU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Michaela Capannolo (PEP) vs. Ella Taylor (LSU) 6-4, 4-4, unfinished
5. Yuki Chiang (PEP) def. Skylar Holloway (LSU) 7-5, 6-2
6. Gabrielle Otero (LSU) def. A.Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) 6-4, 6-4
1. Lorraine Guillermo/A.Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) def. Joana Vale Costa/Noel Scott (LSU) 8-5
2. #78 Michaela Capannolo/Yuki Chiang (PEP) def. Abigail Owens/Gabrielle Otero (LSU) 8-0
3. Skylar Holloway/Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Matea Cutura/Ale Granillo (PEP) 8-2
LSU 14-14; National ranking #40
Pepperdine 19-4; National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,5,6,2)