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Women's Tennis Cruises Past South Florida, 5-2

March 13, 2007

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine Waves have now won consecutive matches after picking up a 5-2 victory over the South Florida Bulls Wednesday afternoon at the Ralph-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif.

With the victory, Pepperdine improves to 8-6 on the season, while South Florida falls to 7-3 on the year after entering the contest with a four-match win streak.

Pepperdine squeaked out the double's point at the No. 1 position when Sylvia Kosakowski and Bianca Dulgheru recorded a 9-7 victory over Shadisha Robenson and Gabriela Duch. The Waves' duo of Jillian Bravermann and Katia Sabate quickly got past Iciri Rai and Liz Cruz, 8-3, at the No. 3 position but South Florida tied the score at 1-all when Courtney Vernon and Jessica Sweeting topped Eva Dickes and Anete Bandere at No. 2, setting up the dramatic finish at No. 1.

Carolina Raba gave Pepperdine a 2-0 lead in the match with a straight-set victory over Sweeting, 6-1, 6-3, at the No. 3 single's position but Vernon recorded a 7-5, 6-1 win over Sabate at No. 2 to pull the Bulls within one, 2-1.

Tania Rice blanked Rai, 6-0, in the first set at the No. 6 position but found things a bit tougher in the second set before holding on for the 7-5 victory, giving Pepperdine a 3-1 lead in the match.

Needing one more point to secure the match, Pepperdine's Bandere overcame a 6-0 loss in the first set against Duch at No. 5 and won the next two 6-3 and 6-2.

Dickes would fall to Cruz at No. 4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 and Kosakowski topped Robinson 7-6, 7-6 (7-5) at No. 1 to complete the match.

Pepperdine continues its current homestand tomorrow afternoon, March 14, at 1:30 p.m. PDT as it hosts the Baylor Bears.

Singles Sylvia Kosakowski (Pep) def Shadisha Robinson (USF) 7-6, 7-6 (7-5)Courtney Vernon (USF) def Katia Sabate (Pep) 7-5, 6-1Caroline Raba (Pep) def Jessica Sweeting (USF) 6-1, 6-3Liz Cruz (USF) def Eva Dickes (Pep) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3Anete Bandere (Pep) def Liz Cruz (USF) 0-6, 6-3, 6-2Tania Rice (Pep) def Iciri Rai (USF) 6-0, 7-5

DoublesKosakowski/Bianca Dulgheru (Pep) def Robinson/Gabriela Duch (USF) 9-7Vernon/Sweeting (USF) def Dickes/Bandere (Pep) 8-6Jillian Braverman/Sabate (Pep) def Rai/Cruz 8-3

Order of finishDoubles: 3, 2, 1Singles: 3, 2, 6, 5*, 4, 1

* match-clinching point