Waves Open Action on Both Coasts

Nov. 7, 2013

Complete Results

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. – The Pepperdine men’s and women’s tennis teams competed on both coasts today. While four members of the women’s tennis team opened play at the Jack Kramer Club Collegiate Invitational in nearby Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., Lorraine Guillermo and Alex Sarkissian battled at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship in New York.

The Waves were represented at the Jack Kramer Club Collegiate Invitational by Ale Granillo (Pachuca, Mexico/Instituto Hidalgo), Yuki Chiang (Ojai, Calif./Campbell Hall HS), Michaela Capannolo (Melbourne, Australia/Genazzano FCJ College) and Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (Bangkok, Thailand/IMG Academy).

The Pepperdine contingent did not disappoint, opening the four-day tournament with four victories in singles.

Capannolo won twice, which included a victory over a ranked opponent. The sophomore opened the day with a dominant straight-set win in the round of 64 before dispatching #103-ranked SImona Parajova of TCU to the consolation round in three sets. After falling in the first frame, 6-3, Capannolo rebounded with 7-5 wins in sets two and three.

It was her first win of the season against a ranked opponent.

Chiang and Granillo, both granted a first round bye, were also victorious. Chiang topped Millie Nichols in a close 6-4, 7-5 decision. Granillo, seeded No. 2, cruised to a 6-1, 6-4 victory versus Sandy Niehaus of Ohio State.



Doubles play starts tomorrow at the Jack Kramer Club, in addition to continued singles action.

Meanwhile at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home to the US Open, Guillermo  (Walnut, Calif./Rowland HS) and Sarkissian (Glendale, Calif./Glendale CC) both earned invitations to the prestigious USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship.

Guillermo was faced with West Coast Conference foe Jenny Jullien of Saint Mary’s. Although the Wave won set one 6-4, Jullien outlasted Guillermo 6-2, 6-4 in the final stanzas to advance.

Sarkissian suffered a similar fate, dropping in two sets to Winston Lin of Columbia.

Both Guillermo and Sarkissian will resume action at the national tournament tomorrow in the consolation draw. Live scores, draws and more can be found at the Tournament Central.

USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship
Nov 07, 2013 at Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

Main Draw -- Round of 32

#22 Jenny Jullien (Saint Mary's) def. #29 Lorraine Guillermo (Pepperdine) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Jack Kramer Club Collegiate Invitational
Nov 7-10, 2013 at Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

Main Draw -- Round of 64
Michaela Capannolo (Pepperdine) def. Mikayla Morkel-Brink (San Diego) 6-3, 6-0

Main Draw -- Round 32
Michaela Capannolo (Pepperdine) def. #103 Simona Parajova (Texas Christian) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
Yuki Chiang (Pepperdine) def. Millie Nichols (Texas Christian) 6-4, 7-5
Mimi Fotopoulos (Texas Christian) def. A.Runglerdkriangkrai (Pepperdine) 4-6, 7-6 (6-2), 6-4
Luisa Ortiz (UC Santa Barbara) def. Matea Cutura (Pepperdine), walkover
#68 Ale Granillo (Pepperdine) def. Sandy Niehaus (Ohio State) 6-1, 6-4

USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship
Nov 07, 2013 at Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

Singles competition
Main Draw -- Round of 32
#54 Winston Lin (Columbia) def. #23 Alex Sarkissian (Pepperdine) 6-0, 6-2 

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