Four Waves Earn ITA All-American Honors

Mayar Sherif (Photo by Jeff Golden)
June 8, 2017

ITA ALL-AMERICANS

MALIBU, Calif.: The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the All-America singles and doubles squads on Thursday morning and the 8th-ranked Pepperdine women’s tennis team saw four Waves earn recognition, with Mayar Sherif highlighting as the only Pepperdine player to earn both singles and doubles honors. 

Along with Sherif, Christine Maddox earned All-American doubles status and Luisa Stefani and Ashley Lahey tabbed All-American singles honors. 

It is first time since 1989 and second time in Pepperdine women’s tennis history that the Waves have had three singles and one doubles pair earn All-American honors.  The last three to achieve the feat were singles All-Americans and alums Ginger Helgeson, Janna Kovacevich and Noelle Porter.  Helgeson and Porter also earned doubles All-American honors that year.

The last time a player earned both singles and doubles honors in a single season was 1996 when Isabela Petrov earned the distinction.

Sherif and Maddox earned the doubles accolades after finishing the season ranked No. 1 in the Oracle/ITA final national rankings and because the pair was seeded in the top-eight of the NCAA Doubles Championships.  The duo received All-WCC first team doubles honors and garnered a WCC All-Tournament doubles selection.  They earned WCC Doubles Pair of the Week on four occasions (4/11, 3/7, 2/14, 2/7) and reached the NCAA Doubles Championship round of 32.  Throughout the campaign, Sherif and Maddox went 26-7 overall, including a 15-3 dual output at the No. 1 position for the Waves and a 10-7 record against nationally ranked opposition.  In the fall, the duo tabbed the ITA Southwest Region doubles title.

Sherif also earned the singles honors after reaching the NCAA Singles Championship round of 16, upsetting top-ranked Francesca Di Lorenzo of Ohio State in the process.  She finished ranked No. 28 in the nation in singles and tabbed All-WCC first team singles honors, along with WCC All-Tournament team singles accolades.  She ranked as high as No. 14 in singles during the season.  Sherif posted a 27-14 overall record, including a 14-8 dual output for her team.  She went 14-6 from the No. 3 position and tabbed a 12-9 record against nationally ranked opponents.

Lahey tabbed her All-American singles status after reaching the quarterfinal of the NCAA Singles Championship and finishing ranked a career-best No. 11 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings.  She earned ITA Southwest Region Player to Watch honors and was tabbed WCC Freshman of the Year and All-WCC first team in both singles and doubles.  Lahey picked up WCC Player of the Week honors twice (4/11, 3/7) and reached the U.S. Open Juniors round of 16 to start the season.  In her standout freshman campaign, Lahey tabbed a 32-7 overall record, including a 16-3 dual output.  She went 15-2 in the No. 2 dual position for the Waves and posted a 12-6 record against nationally ranked competition.

Stefani garnered her second-consecutive All-American singles honor after being seeded in the top-16 of the NCAA Singles Championships and finishing ranked No. 12 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings.  She earned WCC Player of the Year honors for the second-straight year and is only the fifth player in WCC women’s tennis history to accomplish that feat.  She tabbed All-WCC first team singles and doubles honors and ranked as high as No. 2 nationally throughout the season.  She tabbed WCC Player of the Week status four times (3/28, 3/14, 2/28, 2/7), earning her eight WCC weekly career honor during the campaign.  Stefani posted a 26-10 overall record, including a 17-4 dual output in the No. 1 singles position for Pepperdine.  She went 15-6 against nationally ranked opposition throughout the season.

The selection criteria for singles honors is the player must be seeded top-16 in the NCAA Singles Championship, reach the round of 16 in the NCAA Singles Championship or finish in the top-20 of the final Oracle/ITA national singles rankings.  The doubles criteria is that the player must be seeded top-eight in the NCAA Doubles Championship, reach the quarterfinals in the NCAA Doubles Championship and finish in the top-10 of the final Oracle/ITA national doubles rankings.

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