SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference has named Pepperdine freshman Luisa Stefani the West Coast Conference Women’s Singles Player of the Week and the Waves duo of Stefani and Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai the Women’s Doubles Team of the Week.
Stefani excelled on the singles courts again this week for the Waves with two wins over nationally ranked opponents, giving her an untarnished 8-0 record against nationally-ranked opposition this spring dual season. She is currently on a 14 match winning streak. Highlighting the weekend, she helped the Waves to a 4-1 win over No. 58 Texas after dominating No. 9-ranked Breaunna Addison with a 6-3, 6-1 decision in the number one singles position. She then propelled the Waves to the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic finals with a 4-0 sweep over No. 61 Auburn after putting down No. 32-ranked Andie Dikosavljevic, 6-2, 6-2.
The honor is the third this season for Stefani. After four weeks in the season, all four WCC Singles Player of the Week honors this season have been won by freshman.
Stefani and Runglerdkriangkrai earn their second consecutive WCC Doubles Team of the Week honor. The duo helped the Waves to two solid team wins this weekend and an appearance in the championship match of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. The pair collected one win over a nationally-ranked opponent in the championship title match. In the 4-0 semifinal match sweep over No. 61 Auburn, the partnership defeated Reka Muller and Alizee Michaud by walkover due to an opposition injury. Then in the championship match-up against No. 11 Oklahoma State, the duo collected a win over No. 33-ranked Carla Tur Mari and Viktorija Lushkova, 8-3. As a pair in the number two doubles position, the two are currently 5-1 overall this dual season and 1-0 in tournament play this spring. They collected their first win over a nationally ranked opponent this weekend and are currently 8-1 in their last 10 competitions.
Also Nominated Singles: Sophia Chow, San Diego; Madison Clarke, Santa Clara
Also Nominated Doubles: Madison Clarke and Chelby Cooke, Santa Clara
2016 WCC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week
Week 1 (2/9) – Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
Week 2 (2/16) – Viktoriya Dzyuba, Pacific
Week 3 (2/23) – Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
Week 4 (3/1) – Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
2016 WCC Women’s Tennis Doubles Team of the Week
Week 1 (2/9) – Matea Cutura and Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
Week 2 (2/16) – Toby Miclat and Mayci Jones, BYU
Week 3 (2/23) – Apichaya (Jean) Runglerdkriangkrai and Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
Week 4 (3/1) – Apichaya (Jean) Runglerdkriangkrai and Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine