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Pepperdine and Saint Mary's To Meet In Women's Final

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CLAREMONT, Calif. - The eighth-ranked, and WCC regular season champions, Pepperdine women’s tennis team advanced through the WCC Championships Semifinals this Friday afternoon with a 5-0 sweep over fourth-seeded Santa Clara at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center. The Waves earned the doubles point with wins on courts one and three, and then clinched the overall sweep with singles wins on courts one, two, three and six.  Pepperdine will go up against third-seeded Saint Mary’s tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 p.m. in the Championship match.  This marks the 28th-consecutive season the Waves will play in the WCC Championship match.

M3: #1 Pepperdine def. #4 Santa Clara, 5-0
Doubles | Order of Finish 1,3

1. Stefani/Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) def. Silva/Farah (SCU) 6-3
2. Cooke/Clarke (SCU) vs Maddox/Cutura (PEP) 5-4 unfinished
3. Gulbe/Milovanovic (PEP) def. El Tawil/Stephens (SCU) 6-4

Singles | Order of Finish 6,1,2,3
1. Luisa Stefani (PEP) def. Daniella Silva (SCU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Laura Gulbe (PEP) vs Madison Clarke (SCU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Dzina Milovanovic (PEP) def. Chelby Cooke (SCU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Matea Cutura (PEP) vs Nabila Farah (SCU) 6-0, 3-3 unfinished
5. Jean Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) vs Zeina El Tawil (SCU) 6-4, 3-0 unfinished
6. Michaela Capannolo (PEP) def. Elizabeth Stephens (SCU) 6-0, 6-1


In the other women's semifinal, Saint Mary's upset second-seeded Gonzaga with a 4-0 sweep that has the Gaels making their third finals appearance in the last four seasons. The Gaels got off to a hot start, winning the doubles point in convincing fashion with Clementine Clement and Emma Critser earning a 6-4 win over All-WCC duo Samantha Polayes and Sophie Whittle after Jana McCord and Jamie Pawid made short order of the Yates-Bourguignon duo with a 6-1 final. In singles play, Pawid continued her strong run of form with a quick 6-2, 6-1 decision over Polayes at No. 2 singles to give the Gaels their second point. Critser quickly followed at No. 5 singles with a 6-1, 6-3 win against Graciela Rosas before Clement earned the decisive point with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Nevada Apollo. 

M4: #3 Saint Mary's def. #2, Gonzaga, 4-0
Doubles | Order of Finish 2,1
1. Clement/Critser (SMC) def. Polayes/Whittle (GON) 6-4
2. McCord/Pawid (SMC) def. Yates/Bourguignon (GON) 6-1
3. Kaur/Manji (SMC) vs Koehler/Garley (GON) 5-5 unfinished

Singles | Order of Finish 2,5,3
1. Sophie Whittle (GON) vs Jana McCord (SMC) 7-6 (4), 0-1 unfinished
2. Jamie Pawid (SMC) def. Samantha Polayes (GON) 6-2, 6-1
3. Clementine Clement (SMC) def. Nevada Apollo (GON) 6-3, 6-4
4. Kareena Manji (SMC) vs Alex Bourguignon (GON) 7-5, 5-0 unfinished
5. Emma Critser (SMC) def. Graciela Rosas (GON) 6-1, 6-3
6. Parminder Kaur (SMC) vs Domonique Garley (GON) 6-2, 6-5 unfinished