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No. 14 Pepperdine Cruises to 6-1 Win Over UC Irvine

Jan. 26, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - The No. 14 Pepperdine women's tennis team defeated No. 55 UC Irvine, 6-1, Friday afternoon at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif. The Waves moved to 2-0 on the season, while the Anteaters fell to 2-1.

At No. 1 doubles, Eva Dickes and Sylvia Kosakowski gave Pepperdine its first win as the duo handed Becky Bernhard and Clare Fermin an 8-4 defeat. Bianca Dulgheru and Katia Sabate dominated at No. 2 with an 8-3 win over Jessica Broadfoot and Heidi Kaloi to give the Waves the doubles point. It looked as if the Anteaters would pull out a victory at No. 3, but Anete Bandere and Caroline Raba came from behind to defeat Ali Borowicz and Jayme Hu 11-9 in the tiebreaker for an 8-7 victory.

Jillian Braverman gave the Waves a two-point lead as she easily defeated Kaloi 6-0, 6-4 at No. 4. At No. 1, Bernhard upset No. 22 Dulgheru 6-1, 6-3 to pull within one, but it would be the only Anteaters' point of the match.

Kosakowski picked up a 7-5, 6-3 win over Inna Agababian at No. 2 singles, while freshman Tania Rice clinched the match with her first win as a Wave, defeating Borowicz, 6-4, 6-2 at the last position.

After a 6-2 first-set victory, Bandere stayed strong to win 7-5 in the second set over Broadfoot at No. 5. Losing in the first set to Fermin, Sabate rebounded with 6-3, 6-4 wins to give the Waves the final point of the match.

Pepperdine will make the short distance to Los Angeles to face the third-ranked USC Trojans for a noon match at Marks Stadium on Saturday.