April 17, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – The No. 23 Pepperdine women’s tennis team put the finishing touches on the 2014 regular season, topping Loyola Marymount to end the year with a perfect 9-0 West Coast Conference record. Although the Waves had already clinched the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, the victory clinched sole possession of the WCC Regular-Season Championship.
The win – the Waves’ 12th in a row -- moves the team to a perfect 9-0 record at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center this season, marking just the second year in program history Pepperdine was undefeated at home.
Senior Day for Ale Granillo (Pachuca, Mexico/Instituto Hidalgo) was celebrated prior to the match and fittingly enough, it was Granillo who clinched the dual for the Waves.
Granillo was brilliant in doubles, teaming with Matea Cutura (Zagreb, Croatia/Gimnazija Birotehnika/DePaul) to shut out Kristine Kouyoumijia and Reka Rohonyi, 8-0. The pair ends the regular season with a team-best 12-2 record in dual action.
No. 74-ranked Michaela Capannolo (Melbourne, Australia/Genazzano FCJ College) and Yuki Chiang (Ojai, Calif./Campbell Hall HS), the Waves’ No. 2 pair, closed out an 8-5 decision over Lauri Mueller and Ellie Grossman to secure the doubles point for the home team.
Pepperdine was off and running in singles, taking the first set in five of the six matches.
Lorraine Guillermo (Walnut, Calif./Rowland HS) quickly put the Waves’ first singles win of the day in the books, downing Kristine Kouyoumijia 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 1 match.
Playing in the No. 6 spot in the lineup, Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (Bangkok, Thailand/IMG Academy) won her seventh straight with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Grossman.
Granillo, playing at No. 2, posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory versus Jessica Perez in her final regular season collegiate match at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.
Pepperdine, locked in as the No. 1 seed, will open play at the WCC Tournament on Friday, April 25 in the semifinals.