Women's Tennis Tangles with Fresno State on Saturday

Matea Cutura

March 6, 2014

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MALIBU, Calif. - With dry weather and temperatures approaching 80-degrees this weekend, the #38 Pepperdine women’s tennis looks forward to this Saturday’s 11 a.m. dual vs. Fresno State. The Waves were rained out of last week’s home dual vs. Hawaii.

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COVERAGE - Scores and recaps will be posted at PepperdineSports.com... Available in-match updates can be followed on Twitter @PeppWTEN.

SERIES SCORECARD - Pepperdine is 5-0 all-time vs. Hawaii ... The last meeting between the two squads was in 2011 in Malibu ... The Waves edged the Rainbow Wahine by a 4-3 tally.

OPPONENT NOTES - Hawaii is 3-7 on the year, including a 2-1 mark in Big West Conference matches.

WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - The West Coast Conference moved away from its previously awarded Player of the Month to Player of the Week in 2014 and the Waves have reaped the benefits ... Pepperdine has swept the awards three times, winning in both singles and doubles ... Singles Player of the Week winners include Michaela Capannolo (2/11) and Lorraine Guillermo (2/18, 3/4) ... Doubles Team of the Week winners include Michaela Capannolo/Yuki Chiang (2/11) and Matea Cutura/Ale Granillo (2/18, 2/25, 3/4) ... To date, Pepperdine has won seven of the possible eight awards issued.

SERIES SCORECARD - Pepperdine is 13-8 all-time vs. Fresno State ... The last three meetings have come down to the final match ... The Waves won 4-3 in Fresno in 2011 and 2012 but fell 4-3 in Malibu last season.

FRESNO STATE - The Bulldogs are 4-7 on the year, but have won the last three in a row including a 4-3 triumph over #43 Santa Clara ...  Junior Aishwarya Agrawal enters the dual as the Mountain West Conference’s Player of the Week.

LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine suffered two close losses in Tennessee last time out ... The Waves first fell to #12 Vanderbilt 5-2 before dropping a heartbreaking 4-3 decision to #32 Memphis ... Last week Saturday’s dual vs. Hawaii was rained out and is tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, April 19.

RANKINGS - Lorraine Guillermo is ranked #23 in singles and #47 in doubles alongside Ale Granillo  ... Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai made her rankings debut at #120 on Feb. 25.

LOOKING AHEAD - The Waves get ready for a three-match road set starting with a visit to Long Beach State on March 15 ... Pepperdine opens WCC action on March 21 at San Francisco, followed by a dual vs. Santa Clara the following day ... Next home match is slated for March 28 vs. San Diego.

2014 ROSTER - After battling a few growing pains in 2013, the 2014 squad boasts much more experience and depth ... 2012 All-American Lorraine Guillermo  resumes her role as the No. 1 singles player, while transfer Matea Cutura has started the year at No. 2 ... Cutura played No. 1 last season for DePaul and was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year ... Ale Granillo, Pepperdine’s lone senior, has been leading from the No. 3 position, while sophomores Michaela Capannolo returns to play No. 4 for the second-straight year ...  Fellow sophomore Danielle Feneridis is back as well ... Four freshmen are also vying for spots in the lineup led by Yuki Chiang, whose successful fall translated into a #117 singles ranking to open the dual season ... Other rookies include Apichaya “Jean” Runglerdkriangkrai, Pattaraporn “PT” Salirathavibhaga and January addition Christine Maddox.

WCC PRESEASON POLL - The Waves landed at No. 2 in the West Coast Conference Preseason Poll, edged out by Saint Mary’s by just two points.  Pepperdine picked up four first-place votes in a poll of the league’s coaches for a total of 76 points. The Gaels, currently the highest ranked team in the WCC, took the remaining six first-place bids and 78 points. Pepperdine was the only team to place two players on the all-conference preseason team in Lorraine Guillermo and Ale Granillo.

2013 RECAP - With a young squad, the Waves opened the 2013 season 0-9 before making a tremendous surge forward to end the season on a high note. Pepperdine won 12 of the next 14 duals including a 4-0 upset win over Saint Mary’s in the WCC Tournament finals. Pepperdine finished the season with a 12-12 record after making its 30th appearance at the NCAA Tournament.

DID YOU KNOW ... That head coach Gualberto Escudero ranks second among all women’s tennis coaches -- active and inactive -- with 636 career wins? Escudero, now in his 37th year at the helm, is just one of three coaches to have reached the 600 wins milestone. Lin Loring, who has been a head coach at both Indiana and UC Santa Barbara for a combined 40 seasons, ranks #1 with over 800 wins, while Georgia’s head coach Jeff Wallace hit the 600-win mark in 2013 after 28 seasons.

Gualberto Escudero - Now in his 37th season at the helm of the program, Gualberto Escudero enters the 2013-14 campaign with a career record of 632-329 (.657).   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 four occasions.   Escudero was inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Oct. 20.

#PURPOSE - Pepperdine Athletics officially launched its “Competing with Purpose” campaign during Waves Weekend. The campaign highlights the commitment to our core values that student-athletes, coaches and staff dedicate themselves to daily. Competing with Purpose provides the foundation on which champions are built.

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 undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that’s given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). 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 #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.



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