Women Open Season With 7-0 Shutout Against Cal Poly

Jan. 19, 2004

MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine University women's tennis team (1-0) opened its 2004 season on Monday afternoon with a 7-0 shutout of the Cal Poly Mustangs (1-1) at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center. The Waves swept the doubles point and didn't drop a set in singles en route to the victory.

"Today was a great start to our season," Pepperdine head coach Gualberto Escudero said. "It didn't look like the first match of the season...both teams fought really hard and hustled. We played really well and I loved the fact that our team worked so well together. I saw a lot of little things that I liked that made the overall picture very positive."

Sophomore Natalie Braverman stepped into the No. 1 spot in the singles lineup and posted a 7-6 (3), 7-5, win over Samantha Waller to lead the Waves, while senior Charlotte Vernaz, at the No. 2 slot, upended Chelsy Thompson 3-6, 7-6 (3), 1-0 (10-8). Vernaz teamed up with freshman Lise Sissler for an easy 8-3 victory over Carol Erickson and Paige Billingsley at the No. 3 doubles position. Sissler also added a win at No. 6 singles with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Erickson.

Three other Waves joined Braverman, Vernaz and Sissler in the win column on Monday. Senior Karin Schlapbach was victorious at the No. 3 slot with a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Sheila Leis, while Merve Asimgil and Eva Dickes posted wins at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions, respectively. Asimgil topped Kristen Grady, 6-4, 6-1, and Dickes defeated Noelle Lee, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5.

Pepperdine's final victory came from Schlapbach and Dickes at the No. 2 doubles spot after they topped Lee and Thompson 8-6. The No. 1 duo made up of Braverman and Asimigil dropped an 8-6 decision to Waller and Grady.

The Waves will return to action when they host UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Jan. 23rd, at noon.

Pepperdine 7, Cal Poly 0
1. Natalie Braverman (Pep) def. Samantha Waller (Cal Poly), 7-6 (3), 7-5
2. Charlotte Vernaz (Pepperdine) def. Chelsy Thompson (Cal Poly), 3-6, 7-6 (3), 1-0 (10-8)
3. Karin Schlapbach (Pepperdine) def. Sheila Lewis (Cal Poly), 6-1, 6-2
4. Merve Asimgil (Pepperdine) def. Kristen Grady (Cal Poly), 6-4, 6-1
5. Eva Dickes (Pepperdine) def. Noelle Lee (Cal Poly), 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
6. Lise Sissler (Pepperdine) def. Carol Erickson (Cal Poly), 6-2, 6-4

1. Waller/Grady def. Braverman/Asimgil (Pepperdine), 8-6
2. Schlaphbach/Dickes (Pepperdine) def. Lee/Thompson (Cal Poly), 8-6
3. Vernaz/Sissler (Pepperdine) def. Erickson/Billingley (Cal Poly), 8-3



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