(Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletic Communications)
TULSA, Okla. – Freshman Luisa Stefani, of the Pepperdine women’s tennis team, defeated her opponent in two sets this Saturday morning to advance to the NCAA Singles Championships semifinals at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
The sixth-ranked and seventh-seeded freshman downed 28th-ranked Kennedy Shaffer of Georgia with a 6-1, 6-4 final decision. As a result, Stefani becomes the second Wave in Pepperdine women’s tennis program history to reach the NCAA Singles Championships semifinals, and first since the 1989 campaign when 2015 Pepperdine Hall of Fame inductee Noelle Porter-Radnoti achieved the feat.
Stefani dominated the first set over Shaffer, commanding a 6-1 result heading into the second set. Although the opposition moved forward to a 3-1 advantage in the second set, Stefani battled back to tie the set 3-3. After a 4-4 tie, the freshman moved forward to a 5-4 lead and clinched the semifinal berth after besting Shaffer 6-4.
Stefani has posted a 40-5 overall record throughout the 2015-16 campaign. She holds an 18-3 record in tournament play and went 22-2 in the 2016 dual season. She has gone 26-4 against nationally ranked opponents and enters the semifinal matchup on a 12-match winning streak.
Stefani will go head-to-head with second-ranked Danielle Collins of Virginia tomorrow (May 29) at 10 a.m. PT (12 p.m. CT). Along with Stefani and Collins, the other side of the final four include top-ranked Hayley Carter of North Carolina and eighth-ranked Sinead Lohan of Miami (Fla.).
NCAA Singles Tournament | Michael D. Case Tennis Center
Tulsa, Okla. | May 25-30, 2016
Round One (64): No. 6 Luisa Stefani (PEP) def. No. 92 Gabriela Porubin (Wichita State) – 7-5, 6-3
Round Two (32): No. 6 Luisa Stefani (PEP) def. No. 50 Sadie Hammond (Tennessee) – 6-0, 6-3
Round of 16: No. 6 Luisa Stefani (PEP) def. No. 14 Frances Altick (Vanderbilt) – 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Quarterfinal: No. 6 Luisa Stefani (PEP) def. No. 28 Kennedy Shaffer (Georgia) – 6-1, 6-4
Semifinal: No. 6 Luisa Stefani (PEP) vs. No. 2 Danielle Collins (Viriginia) – 10 a.m. PT
NCAA Doubles Tournament | Michael D. Case Tennis Center
Tulsa, Okla. | May 26-30, 2016
Round One (32): No. 19 Matea Cutura/Christine Maddox (PEP) def. No. 14 Sydney Campbell/Courtney Colton (Vanderbilt) – 7-6 (4), 7-5
Round One (32): No. 26 Luisa Stefani/Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) def. No. 13 Paige Hourigan/Kendal Woodard (Georgia Tech) – 6-2, 2-6, 10-5
Round of 16: No. 3 Brooke Austin/Kourtney Keegan (Florida) def. No. 19 Matea Cutura/Christine Maddox (PEP) – 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Round of 16: No. 4 Maegan Manasse- Denise Starr (CAL) def. No. 26 Luisa Stefani/Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) – 2-6, 6-4, 10-6