Waves are NCAA Elite Eight Bound after Upset Win over Georgia

Stefani Clinch - Laura Gulbe, Ashley Lahey, Adrijana Lekaj, Christine Maddox, Dzina Milovanovic, Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai, Mayar Sherif, Luisa Stefani (Photo by Bill Kallenberg)
May 19, 2017

Final Stats


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),
6-2, 6-3
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)



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