April 23, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - For the fourth consecutive year the Pepperdine women's tennis team claimed the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championship title as it shut out Loyola Marymount 4-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Degheri Tennis Center on the Santa Clara campus. With the win, the No. 13-nationally ranked Waves, earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
Despite defeating the Waves in the 2002 tournament final, third-seeded LMU, hot off of a semifinal win over No. 2-seed San Diego, posed little threat to No. 1-seed Pepperdine.
The Waves clinched the doubles point after getting wins from the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams. The No. 35 Wave duo of Bianca Dulgheru and Eva Dickes defeated Patrycia Hubl and Erin Ivey 8-2, while Natalie Braverman and Caroline Raba notched their 12th straight doubles win after handing Maja Sundac and Sladjana Kos an 8-4 defeat.
Pepperdine took a 2-0 lead after Kos retired to Raba in the second set at court two. Going 3-0 in the conference tournament, Braverman beat Hubl 6-2, 6-0 at court four, while No. 90 Eva Dickes followed with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Sundac at court five.
The Waves, who closed out one of its finest regular seasons with an overall mark of 20-3 as it heads into the postseason, will await the announcement of their NCAA regional championship schedule. The first two rounds of the national tournament are slated for May 12-14. Selections will be announced on Wednesday, May 3 on ESPNews at approximately 5:30 p.m. (PT).