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No. 14 Women's Tennis Hosts No. 49 New Mexico and No. 59 Sacramento State This Weekend

March 16, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

This Week: The nationally-ranked Pepperdine women's tennis team continues its nine-match home stand this weekend when it hosts nationally-ranked New Mexico Lobos and the Sacramento State Hornets on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

The Waves, who are 11-2 on the season, moved up the rankings and into the Top 20, checking in at No. 14. Sacramento State is ranked at No. 49, while New Mexico holds a No. 59 ranking.

The Lobos are 9-2 on the season after dropping a match to the Hornets last week. With the win, the Hornets moved to 7-4 on the season and face Rice University on Friday before meeting the Waves on Sunday.

Baylor Recap: The Pepperdine women's tennis team defeated No. 15 Baylor 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif.

Pepperdine (11-2) swept the doubles to win the point with the No. 34 Wave duo of Merve Asimgil and Sylvia Kosakowski upsetting No. 24 Zuzana Cerna and Klara Zrustova 8-5 at court one. No. 17 Eva Dickes and Bianca Dulgheru took down the Bear duo of Zuzana Zemenova and Iva Mihaylova 8-5, while Natalie Braverman and Caroline Raba came from behind to defeat Daniela Covello and Zuzana Krchnakvoa in the tiebreaker.

The Bears did let the deficit discourage them as they evened the score after recording a win on court two. No. 125 Braverman gave the Waves a point when she defeated Zrustova 6-3, 6-2, but Baylor took the lead registering victories in the third and sixth positions. Dickes once again proved to be vital for the Waves as she came back to win in the third set over Krchnakova. As the night approached, all eyes rested on court one where No. 34 Dulgheru upset No. 12 Zemenova 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 to clinch the match for Pepperdine.

About New Mexico: No. 59 New Mexico is 9-2 on the season and is coming off of a 6-1 upset over No. 49 Sacramento State. Leading the Lobos is No. 27 Maja Kovacek, while Iva Gersic checks in at No. 116 and in doubles the pair boast a No. 2 ranking. The Lobos are coached by Dr. Kathy Kolankiewicz, who is in the midst of her 21st season.

Series Versus New Mexico: Pepperdine leads the all-time series 7-0. The last time the Waves and the Lobos met was in 2000, when the Waves recorded the 7-1 victory.

About Sacramento State: No. 49 Sacramento State dropped to 7-4 on the season after New Mexico snapped its five-match win streak. The Hornets have recorded victories over San Diego, Brown, Northern Arizona, UC Irvine, LMU, Idaho State and Weber State, while dropping matches to New Mexico, Boston College, Harvard and Pacific. The Hornets are coached by Bill Campbell, who is in the midst of his eighth season.

Series Versus Sacramento State: Pepperdine and Sacramento State split the all-time series 1-1. The teams have met in back-to-back seasons. In 2004, the Hornets edged the Waves 4-3, while in 2005, Pepperdine took the close 4-3 win.

Looking Ahead: The Waves play out the remainder of the regular season at home and face LMU in a West Coast Conference match on March 22 at 1:30 p.m. Pepperdine faces No. 1 Stanford on March 29. In April, the Waves face Harvard on the first of the month, Saint Mary's on the second and close out their regular season with a match against Florida International on the 7th.