Waves Face LSU to Open NCAA Tournament

Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai

May 7, 2014


MALIBU, Calif. - The #24-ranked Pepperdine women’s tennis team opens action at the 2014 NCAA Championship on Friday, May 9 with a first-round match vs. #40 LSU. The Waves, riding a tied-for-program record 14 match win streak, and the Tigers face off at 10 a.m. at the Hellman Tennis Complex, on the campus of Cal.

MATCH 23 - #24 Pepperdine (18-4) vs. #40 LSU (14-13) | May 9 | Berkeley, Calif. | 10 a.m.

SECOND ROUND - Pepperdine/LSU vs. #6 Cal/Fairleigh Dickenson | May 10 | Berkeley, Calif. | 12 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE - The remainder of the NCAA Championships will play out at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. ... The team championship will be contested on May 15-20 ... The NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship will be contested on May 21-26.

COVERAGE - Complete tournament coverage can be found at the Tournament Central ... Live video will be available on Friday and Saturday at NCAA.com ... Live video links can also be found at the Tournament Central ... 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.

THE FIELD - #6 Cal (18-4) will play host to Pepperdine, LSU and Fairleigh Dickenson (13-4) this weekend at the Hellman Tennis Complex ... The Golden Bears won their first Pac-12 Championship in 2014 ... FDU won the Northeast Conference Tournament crown ... The first round winners will face each other on Saturday for the right to move on to Athens, Ga.

ALL-WCC - All six lineup regulars earned a mention in the 2014 All-WCC awards ... Lorraine Guillermo was a first-team selection in singles, while Matea Cutura and Ale Granillo picked up second-team honors ... All three doubles squads earned All-WCC honors ... Guillermo and Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai were placed on the first team ... Cutura and Granillo, as well as Michaela Capannolo and Yuki Chiang claimed spots on the second-team roster.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT - 37-year head coach Gualberto Escudero announced he’ll be stepping down after this season ... He’ll remain on staff as the associate head coach ... Escudero began his freshman year at Pepperdine in 1968 and has been with the Waves ever since.

NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY -  Pepperdine is making its 27th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and 31st overall ... The Wave are 25-30 at the tournament, including a 20-10 mark in their first round matches.

QUICK HITS - The Waves are currently on an 14-match win streak, tied for the longest in program history ... The record was initially set in 1999, during current assistant coach Cintia Tortorella’s freshman year as a student-athlete ... Pepperdine reached the NCAA Tournament round of 16 that season before succumbing to a 5-2 loss versus South Alabama ... Pepperdine ended the regular-season with a 9-0 record at home, marking 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 392-145 all-time at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.

LOOKING BACK - Top-seeded Pepperdine won the 2014 West Coast Conference Tournament championship, marking its 24th WCC crown in 29 seasons ... The Waves blanked Santa Clara in the semifinals 4-0, before topping No. 3 seeded Saint Mary’s 4-2 in the finals ... Matea Cutura, Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai and Yuki Chiang earned all-tournament nods in singles, while Cutura and Ale Granillo were selected to the all-tournament squad in doubles.

NCAA SINGLES & DOUBLES - Lorraine Guillermo (singles), Michaela Capannolo (doubles) and Yuki Chiang (doubles) will represent the Waves in the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championship starting on May 21 in Athens, Ga.

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, 4/22) and Lorraine Guillermo/Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (3/13, 4/1)... To date, Pepperdine has won 11 of the possible 20 awards issued.

RANKINGS - Lorraine Guillermo is ranked #26 in singles after being listed at a career-high #19 ... Ale Granillo has reached as high as #86 this season and is currently #88 ... Chiang and Capannolo also returned to the rankings on March 11 and are currently #78.

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 10-3 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.

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 ... He will step down as head coach at the conclusion of this season.

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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