Waves Celebrate Senior Day on Wednesday

Ale Granillo

April 15, 2014

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MALIBU, Calif. -  The Pepperdine women’s tennis team, up another five spots to #23 in the ITA rankings, puts its 11 match win streak on the line this Wednesday, April 16 when the Waves face Loyola Marymount in the regular-season finale. Pepperdine, 8-0 at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in 2014, is also looking to lock down just its second perfect season at home in program history.

MATCH 20 - #23 Pepperdine (15-4, 8-0 WCC) vs. Loyola Marymount (8-13, 2-6 WCC) | April 16 | Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center | 1:30 p.m.

COVERAGE - Live results will be available on Wednesday ... Links to available coverage can always be found on the Pepperdine women’s tennis schedule page ... Recaps will be posted at PepperdineSports.com ... In-match updates can be followed on Twitter @PeppWTEN.

WAVES’ SOCIAL CIRCLE - Stay informed with up-to-the-minute coverage by following the women’s tennis team on Twitter @PeppWTEN ... Like us on Facebook by searching for Pepperdine Women’s Tennis ... Tag us in Instragram photos at PepperdineWaves.

Ale Granillo - Lone senior Ale Granillo will be playing in her final regular-season match at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center on Wednesday ... She enters the match with over 60 singles wins over the course of her four years in Malibu, and over 50 doubles victories ... She has made the All-West Coast Conference team in either singles or doubles in all three prior seasons ... The senior has won a team-best seven singles matches in a row heading into the dual … Granillo and doubles partner Matea Cutura have garnered WCC Doubles Team of the Week acclaim a league high three times this season.

QUICK HITS - The Waves are currently on an 11-match win streak, the longest since 1999, when Pepperdine won 14 in a row ... Pepperdine reached the NCAA Tournament round of 16 that season before succumbing to a 5-2 loss versus South Alabama ... Pepperdine is 8-0 at home this season ... A win on Wednesday would mark just the second season in program history the Waves have gone undefeated at home in single year ... Pepperdine went 9-0 in 1993 ... The Waves are 391-145 all-time at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.

WELLS FARGO PCH CUP -- An annual all-sport competition between two local rivals that are separated by just 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, the Wells Fargo PCH Cup is in its fifth season of existence. Pepperdine won the first four cups, though Loyola Marymount currently leads this year’s race 7.5-6.5. A home win is worth one point, a road victory is worth 1.5 points.

SERIES SCORECARD - Pepperdine is 34-2 all-time vs. LMU, including a perfect 20-0 at home ... The Waves’ only two losses to the Lions occurred in consecutive matches across the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine walked away with two shut-out 4-0 dual victories last week at home ... The Waves first blanked Pacific before shutting out WCC preseason favorite and #43-ranked Saint Mary’s ... Lorraine Guillermo defeated Jenny Jullien, ranked #27 and #10 at the time respectively, in a battle between two of the top contenders for WCC Player of the Year honors ... Jullien won the conference’s top award in 2013.

LOOKING AHEAD - The West Coast Conference Tournament Championship begins on Wednesday, April 23 and runs through Saturday at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego ... Regardless of the outcome vs. LMU, the Waves have locked the No. 1 seed in the tournament based on regular-season standings ... The top two seeds receive a bye into the semifinal round and will begin play on Friday, April 25.

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 four times this season, winning in both singles and doubles ... Singles Player of the Week winners include Michaela Capannolo (2/11) and Lorraine Guillermo (2/18, 3/4, 4/1) ... Doubles Team of the Week winners include Michaela Capannolo/Yuki Chiang (2/11), Matea Cutura/Ale Granillo (2/18, 2/25, 3/4) and Lorraine Guillermo/Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (3/13, 4/1)... To date, Pepperdine has won 10 of the possible 18 awards issued.

RANKINGS - Lorraine Guillermo is ranked #25 in singles after being listed at a career-high #19 ... Ale Granillo made her return to the singles rankings on March 11 at #105 and has since moved up to #89 ... Chiang and Capannolo also returned to the rankings on March 11 and are currently #74.

SINGLES LINEUP - Lorraine Guillermo, the Waves’ ace for two seasons running, has played at No. 1 in every dual this season ... Matea Cutura and Ale Granillo hold down the other two spots in the top of the singles lineup ... Cutura played No. 1 for DePaul in 2013 and was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year ... Granillo is the Waves’ lone senior ... Sophomore Michaela Capannolo sees the most action at No. 4, while freshman Yuki Chiang has settled into the No. 5 spot with a winning record ... Freshman Apichaya “Jean” Runglerdkriangkrai, sophomore Danielle Feneridis and freshman Pattaraporn “PT” Salirathavibhaga  have all seen action playing at No. 6.

DOUBLES LINEUP - After a few tweaks to the pairings, Guillermo and Runglerdkriangkrai have settled into the No. 1 spot in the doubles lineup and boast a 7-1 record ... Capannolo has seen time with both Granillo and Chiang at No. 2 ... Cutura and Granillo have booked the most matches together at No. 3.

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 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.

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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