April 22, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - The No. 1-seed Pepperdine women's tennis team defeated fifth-seeded Saint Mary's, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Degheri Tennis Center on the Santa Clara campus, advancing to the final match of the West Coast Conference Championships. Seeking its fourth consecutive conference title, the Waves (19-3) will face third-seeded Loyola Marymount on Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m.
The Lions (12-13) upset No. 2-seed San Diego in the semifinals, advancing them to the title match for the first time since 2002. That year, LMU defeated No. 1 seed Pepperdine, 4-2, in the final match to claim its first conference title.
The Waves got off to a tough start as the Gaels won the doubles point. At the No. 1 doubles match, Aude Lambert and Jessica Hoath defeated the No. 20 Wave duo of Merve Asimgil and Sylvia Kosakowski 8-4. On court three, Stef Ordoveza and Erin Young defeated Lise Sissler and Vanessa Dunlap 8-1. Natalie Braverman and Caroline Raba continued their winning ways in doubles with an 8-2 victory over Kate Harden and Feline Charlot.
Pepperdine got back on track in singles recording four straight victories to clinch the match. Defeating Lambert for the second time this season, No. 24 Bianca Dulgheru won 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 1 position. Raba and Braverman each picked up their second win of the conference championships. At No. 2 Raba put away Hoath 6-1, 6-3 and at No. 3 Braverman defeated Harden 6-2. 6-0. No. 90 Eva Dickes recorded a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4, stunning Erin Young.
The Waves tackle LMU for the second time this season. On March 22, Pepperdine shut out the Lions 7-0 at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif.