Waves Host Three Matches at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center, Open WCC Action

Megan Moore

March 24, 2013

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MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women’s tennis team hosts three matches this week, beginning with a Tuesday, March 26 tilt vs. Sacramento State. The Waves open West Coast Conference action later in the week, welcoming San Francisco on March 29 followed by Santa Clara on March 30.

MATCH 10 - Tuesday (March 26) at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center: Pepperdine (2-10, 0-0 WCC) vs. Sacramento State (7-8, 7-0 Big Sky) at 1:30 p.m.

MATCH 11 - Friday (March 29) at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center: Pepperdine vs. San Francisco (9-5, 1-2 WCC) at 1:30 p.m.

MATCH 12 - Saturday (March 30) at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center: Pepperdine vs. Santa Clara (6-5, 2-0 WCC) at 11 a.m.

COVERAGE - Full results and recaps will be posted on PepperdineSports.com at the conclusion of the match.

LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine fell 5-2 to #57 San Diego State in its lone match last week ... Prior to that, the Waves won the back draw at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic ... Pepperdine dropped a 4-3 decision to #34 Yale, before topping Michigan State (4-0) and Marshall (4-1) ... The outing prior, the Waves lost an incredibly close match to #3 UCLA ... The doubles point came down to a 9-7 decision in favor of the Bruins on court two, and the visitors managed the singles split to win 4-3 ... Lorraine Guillermo defeated #2-ranked Robin Anderson 6-4, 6-2, while Khunpak Issara and Ale Granillo won in convincing fashion over ranked opponents ... Issara, then-ranked #57, downed #68 Pamela Montez 6-2, 6-1, while Granillo beat #45 Kyle McPhillips, 6-2, 6-2.

STREAKING - Khunpak Issara improved her win streak in singles to seven matches last week vs. San Diego State ... The senior is a team-best 10-2 in duals this season ... Issara and Lorraine Guillermo have won the last six-straight doubles matches ... Ale Granillo and Michaela Capannolo boast a four-match win streak in doubles.

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS - Khunpak Issara, who earned a fall preseason singles rank #39, began the 2013 dual season tied at #92, reached as high as #43 and is currently at #56... Ale Granillo entered the rankings on Feb. 12 at #124 and is currently a season-best #110 ... Lorraine Guillermo was ranked #104 in singles to begin the season, dropped out for a time and re-entered on March 12 at #54 ... In doubles, Issara and Guillermo boasted a preseason doubles ranking of #7 and are currently #13 after being ranked as high as #4.

SACRAMENTO STATE - The Hornets are 7-8 overall this season and 7-0 in the Big Sky Conference ... Sac State plays UC Irvine on the road on Monday ... The Waves are 5-3 all time vs. Sacramento State.

SAN FRANCISCO - The Dons are 9-5 in 2013 and 1-2 in the WCC ... Andrea Ka is ranked #76 in singles ... The Waves are 9-0 all-time vs. USF.

SANTA CLARA - Santa Clara is 6-5 and 2-0 in the conference with wins over BYU and USF ... In singles, Katie Le is ranked #32 and is the defending WCC Player of the Year ... The Waves are 10-0 all-time vs. SCU.

LOOKING AHEAD - Pepperdine continues its home stand next week at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center with matches vs. Gonzaga (April 5) and Portland (April 6).

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

COME ONE COME ALL - Admission to all regular-season men’s and women’s tennis matches at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center is FREE.

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

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.

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’s career dual win tally of 26 ranks tied for fourth. Two more wins will give the duo ownership of third place all-time.

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.

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 Championship, 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.

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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