Waves are NCAA Elite Eight Bound after Upset Win over Georgia
This is the sixth time in Pepperdine women's tennis history that the Waves have advanced to the NCAA Championship quarterfinal.
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ATHENS, Ga.: For the second consecutive year and sixth season all-time, the 12th-ranked Pepperdine women’s tennis team will advance to the NCAA Championship quarterfinal match after upsetting 5th-ranked tournament hosts Georgia 4-3 at the Dan Magill Tennis Center on Friday night.
To earn entry into the Elite Eight match-up, the Waves (24-4) won the doubles point with wins on courts one and two to start the day over the Bulldogs (19-7) and finished with singles victories in the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 positions. The win over UGA marks the Waves’ 19th-consecutive and fifth-straight postseason victory.
The Waves’ No. 14-ranked sophomore Luisa Stefani clinched the win, overcoming a 7-6 (8) loss in the first set with a pair of 6-2 sets over 12th-ranked Ellen Perez to win the dual for her team.
To open the match, the two squads split doubles matches on courts one and three. Pepperdine’s 8th-ranked Christine Maddox and Mayar Sherif defeated 3rd-ranked Perez and Caroline Brinson with a 6-4 mark. The opposition then took court three to put all eyes on the No. 2 position.
The Waves’ 53rd-ranked Luisa Stefani and Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai then battled with 38th-ranked Eleni Christofi and Kennedy Shaffer en route to a 6-4 win to pull ahead 1-0 heading into singles.
Pepperdine’s 19th-ranked Ashley Lahey then put the squad up 2-0 after dominating 20th-ranked Christofi 6-4, 6-0 in the No. 2 position.
The opposition posted a two-set win on court three to attempt to close the gap, but Runglerdkriangkrai was solid in the No. 5 position for a 6-4, 6-3 win over Marta Gonzalez to put her team in clinching territory. Georgia collected wins in the No. 4 and No. 6 position to tie the match 3-3 and leave the Waves’ fate in Stefani’s capable hands.
Pepperdine will face 4th-ranked Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 21 in Athens for the quarterfinal round. Follow @WavesTennis on Facebook and Twitter for immediate updates, results and more.
NCAA Sweet Sixteen:
No. 12 Pepperdine 4, No. 5 Georgia 3
No. 1. #8 Christine Maddox/Mayar Sherif Ahmed (PEPPERDINE) def. #3 Ellen Perez/Caroline Brinson (GEORGIA), 6-4
No. 2. #53 Luisa Stefani/Jean Runglerdkriangkrai (PEPPERDINE) def. #38 Elena Christofi/Kennedy Shaffer (GEORGIA), 6-4
No. 3. Marta Gonzalez/Mariana Gould (GEORGIA) def. Ashley Lahey/Dzina Milovanovic (PEPPERDINE), 6-3
No. 1. #14 Luisa Stefani (PEPPERDINE) def. #12 Ellen Perez (GEORGIA), 6-7 (8), 6-2, 6-2
No. 2. #19 Ashley Lahey (PEPPERDINE) def. #20 Elena Christofi (GEORGIA), 6-4, 6-0
No. 3. #52 Kennedy Shaffer (GEORGIA) def. #37 Mayar Sherif Ahmed (PEPPERDINE),
No. 4. #66 Caroline Brinson (GEORGIA) def. #97 Laura Gulbe (PEPPERDINE), 6-2, 6-3
No. 5. Jean Runglerdkriangkrai (PEPPERDINE) def. Marta Gonzalez (GEORGIA), 6-4, 6-3
No. 6. Mariana Gould (GEORGIA) def. Dzina Milovanovic (PEPPERDINE), 6-4, 6-3
Doubles (1,3,2) Singles (2,3,5,6,4,1)