Pepperdine Opens Road Swing With Stops at TCU and Baylor

Abigail Phillips

Feb. 14, 2013

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MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women’s tennis team, ranked #46 in the ITA poll, opens a three-match road swing with a pair of stops in Texas. The Waves first face #34 Texas Christian on  Saturday, Feb. 16, followed by #18 Baylor on Sunday, Feb. 17.

MATCH 5 - Saturday (Feb. 16) at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center: #46 Pepperdine (0-4, 0-0 WCC) at #34 Texas Christian (3-1, 0-0 Big 12) at 10 a.m. (PT)

MATCH 6 - Sunday (Feb. 17) at Hurd Tennis Center: #46 Pepperdine at #18 Baylor (3-4, 0-0 Big 12) at 11 a.m. (PT)

COVERAGE - Follow the Pepperdine vs. TCU contest here. Coverage for Sunday’s match in Waco, Texas includes live scores and an in-match blog.

LOOKING AHEAD - The Waves conclude their three-match road swing next week Saturday, Feb. 23 at Arizona State. Pepperdine’s next home match is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28 vs. UCLA at 1:30 p.m.

LOOKING BACK - Despite some high-profile individual victories, Pepperdine suffered two-straight team losses last week. Against #5 Stanford, Khunpak Issara def. #2-ranked Krista Hardebeck in three sets, while Lorraine Guillermo registered a straight-set win over Nicole Gibbs -- the 2012 NCAA Singles Champion. Michaela Capannolo and Ale Granillo were victorious in doubles against #65 UC Irvine, while Issara, Guillermo and Granillo all won in singles in the 4-3 loss.

RANKINGS - Khunpak Issara, who earned a preseason singles rank #39, began the 2013 dual season tied at #92 and has since moved up to #43. Ale Granillo entered the rankings on Feb. 12 at #124.  Lorraine Guillermo was ranked #104 in singles to begin the season but, despite a 3-1 singles record from the top spot in the lineup, dropped out of the rankings with the latest release. In doubles, Issara and Guillermo boasted a preseason doubles ranking of #7 and are currently listed at #8 after being ranked as high as #4.  As a team, the Waves open the season at #33 and are currently ranked #46.

TEXAS CHRISTIAN  - TCU is ranked #34 as a team and boasts a 3-1 record after beating Nicholls State, Sam Houston State and Old Dominion ... The Horned Frogs’  only loss was a 4-1 decision vs. #9 Alabama ... Stefanie Tan is ranked #50 in singles, followed by Simona Parajova  at #115 ... Both have split time playing at No. 1 in the lineup ... Pepperdine is 3-3 all-time vs. TCU but has not played the Horned Frogs since the 2009 season.

BAYLOR - The #18 Bears are 3-4 on the season after suffering three losses at last week’s ITA National Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va. ... Baylor opened 2013 win victories against Sam Houston State, Texas Tech and Florida State ... Ema Burgic, ranked #13, has gone 5-2 from the top spot in the singles lineup ... Megan Horter is ranked #86 in singles and is 3-2 while playing at No. 2 ... Burgic and Jordaan Sanford are listed at #41 in the doubles rankings ... Baylor entertains Vanderbilt on Friday before hosting the Waves on Saturday ... Pepperdine a 2-6 all-time vs. the Bears.

SOCIAL MEDIA - Fans can follow the Waves on Twitter @PeppWTEN or @PepperdineWaves and “like” us on Facebook by searching for Pepperdine Athletics.

WCC DOUBLES TEAM OF THE MONTH - Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara have won the conference award in doubles two of the three months it has been awarded in 2012-13. The duo won WCC Doubles Team of the Month in both October and November to bring their total award count to five.

WCC SINGLES PLAYER OF THE MONTH - Lorraine Guillermo went a perfect 3-0 in singles in September at the SDSU Fall Classic to open the 2012 fall season. Guillermo defeated opponents from San Diego and North Texas to win the top-tier red bracket.

ITA ALL-AMERICAN SUCCESS - Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara won the consolation bracket at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships to earn the bid to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship. The duo suffered an early loss in the main draw but fired back with four-straight wins - all against ranked teams - to win the consolation bracket. They first rallied to defeat Memphis’ Tiffany Welcher and Alyssa Hibberd 8-6 before knocking out two top-10 ranked teams in the quarter and semifinals. The Waves made short work of #9-ranked Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay of Stanford, topping the Cardinal 8-2. Guillermo and Issara then eliminated Annie Goransson and Anett Schutting, ranked third, of California by the same score. In the finals, Guillermo and Issara controlled the match from start to finish and defeated #14 Danielle Collins and Lauren Embree of Florida – the defending NCAA team champions – by a score of 8-3.

NATIONAL INDOORS - Following the impressive run at the All-American, Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara reached the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y. With a 3-1 record at the tournament, the Waves’ top doubles pair concluded the fall season with a 7-2 record.

2013 WCC PRESEASON POLL -  The Waves were picked to finish first in the conference standings in 2013, followed by Saint Mary’s, San Diego, Santa Clara, BYU, Loyola Marymount, San Francisco, Gonzaga and Portland. The top of Pepperdine’s lineup, Lorraine Guillermo, Khunpak Issara and Ale Granillo, claimed three of the six spots on the preseason all-conference team.

2012 ALL-WCC TEAM - The Waves earned high acclaim in the 2012 all-conference awards. Lorraine Guillermo was dubbed West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, becoming the seventh player in Pepperdine history to do so. Guillermo also picked up second-team honors in singles and first-team accolades in doubles. Khunpak Issara made the first team roster in both singles and doubles, while Ale Granillo made All-WCC singles second team. Ali Walters and Arianna Colffer both earned honorable mention status in both singles and doubles.

WRITING RECORDS - Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara’s 2012 doubles win tally of 20 ranks fifth in Pepperdine’s single season record book. The duo is just three wins short of writing their names in the career records category.

Gualberto Escudero - Now in his 36th season at the helm of the program, Gualberto Escudero enters the 2012-13 season with a career record of 620-317 (.662).   He took over as head coach in 1977-78 after a decorated career as a student-athlete at Pepperdine.  On the court, he was a finalist at the 1969 WCAC singles tournament and won the doubles title with John Lovelace.  Pepperdine won conference titles in 1969 and 1970 and finished second the next two seasons. His transition from player to coach was a successful one as Escudero has tutored 31 All-Americans, and was honored as WCC Coach of the Year on three occasions. 

ABOUT PEPPERDINE — Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports - one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat - and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not in a major conference. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation’s most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.



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