Feb. 16, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - The No. 19 Pepperdine women's tennis team got back to its winning ways on Friday afternoon with a 6-1 win over No. 70 Loyola Marymount at the LMU Tennis Center in Los Angeles, Calif. With the win, the Waves improved to 5-3, while the Lions were served their first loss of the season and stand at 2-1.
In front of a crowd of almost 250, the two West Coast Conference rivals put on a good doubles show. Pepperdine took the first match at No. 3 where Caroline Raba and Jillian Braverman defeated Bliss Nixon and Elrien de Villiers 8-3. The Lion duo of Pavla Mesterova and Tamara Tanner responded with an 8-3 win over Bianca Dulgheru and Katia Sabate. The Waves came out on top and won the doubles point after Tania Rice and Anete Bandere defeated Erin Ivey and Serena Fermin, 8-6.
The Waves had no problem in singles winning five of the six matches. Bandere got the action started winning 6-1, 6-2 over Ivey at No. 5. Rice followed with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Fermin, while Raba put away Tanner, 6-1, 7-6 to clinch the match.
Sabate defeated Baker 7-5, 6-1 and No. 22 Dulgheru won in three sets over Mesterova.
LMU's only point came at No. 6 where de Villiers captured the win after Braverman retired in the super-breaker.
Pepperdine returns to Malibu to host No. 5 USC on Fri., Feb. 23 in a 1:30 p.m. match at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center. The Waves will look to avenge its loss against the Trojans earlier this season.