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No. 1 Pepperdine and No. 3 Saint Mary's Compete Saturday for 2014 West Coast Conference Women's Tennis Championship

April 25, 2014

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - No. 1 Pepperdine and No. 3 Saint Mary’s advanced to the title match of the 2014 West Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Championships with convincing 4-0 decisions, setting up Saturday’s showdown for the hardware at the Barnes Tennis Center. The Waves (17-4) swept No. 4 Santa Clara, while Saint Mary’s (15-7) toppled No. 2 BYU to set the stage for Saturday.

Saint Mary’s and Pepperdine will square off for the second time in less than a month on Saturday  in a match with a first serve set for 12:30 p.m at the Barnes Tennis Center . When the two met two weeks ago in Malibu, Pepperdine turned a close win in doubles and good singles play throughout the lineup into a 4-0 win. The No. 26-ranked Waves and No. 44 Saint Mary's are the top-ranked teams in the WCC according to the latest ITA rankings.

NO. 1 PEPPERDINE 4, NO. 4 SANTA CLARA 0
The top-seeded and #26-ranked Pepperdine women's tennis team blanked Santa Clara today in the West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals, extending its win streak to 13 in a row. The Waves (17-4) have a chance to tie the program record for consecutive wins tomorrow in the finals versus #44 Saint Mary's.

The battle for the doubles point between Pepperdine and Santa Clara was a close one, but Michaela Capannolo  and Yuki Chiang came through in the clutch to win in the tiebreaker and clinch the point for the Waves.

The #81-ranked duo went game-for-game with Delphine Rouvillois and Stephanie Skaras before owning the tiebreaker 7-3.

Prior to that, Matea Cutura and Ale Granillo (Pachuca, Mexico/Instituto Hidalgo) got the Waves rolling with a decisive 8-3 triumph at No. 3. The Gaels responded with a narrow win at No. 1.

With the 1-0 lead, Pepperdine further separated itself in singles and quickly put away the dual 4-0.

Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai , often the first one off the court, continued that trend today and beat Nicolette Wolny 6-0, 6-3 to tally the Waves' second point of the day.

#26 Pepperdine 4, Santa Clara 0
Singles
1. #24 Lorraine Guillermo (PEP) vs. #29 Katie Le (SCU) 6-7 (4), 2-1, unfinished
2. Matea Cutura (PEP) def. Delphine Rouvillois (SCU) 6-2, 6-2
3. #86 Ale Granillo (PEP) vs. Chelby Cooke (SCU) 6-4, 3-5, unfinished
4. Michaela Capannolo (PEP) vs. Stephanie Skaras (SCU) 2-6, 6-4, unfinished
5. Yuki Chiang (PEP) def. Daniella Silva (SCU) 6-1, 6-3
6. A.Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) def. Nicolette Wolny (SCU) 6-0, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 2, 5

Doubles
1. Katie Le/Chelby Cooke (SCU) def. Lorraine Guillermo/A.Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) 8-7 (4)
2. #81 Michaela Capannolo/Yuki Chiang (PEP) def. Delphine Rouvillois/Stephanie Skaras (SCU) 8-7 (3)
3. Matea Cutura/Ale Granillo (PEP) def. Daniella Silva/Nicolette Wolny (SCU) 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

NO. 3 SAINT MARY’S 4, NO. 2 BYU 0
No. 3 seed Saint Mary's punched its ticket to the championship round with a 4-0 win over No. 2 BYU at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. With the win, Saint Mary's (15-7) sets up a rematch with No. 1 Pepperdine (17-4) at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday in a return engagement from last year's WCC final that the Waves' won 4-0.

To get a chance at competing for the WCC title, Saint Mary''s first had to go through a team in BYU that won the regular season matchup between the Gaels and Cougars 5-2 in Provo. That result aside, Saint Mary's carried with it the momentum of two tournament wins already under its belt while BYU played its first match after a double-bye.

The Gaels started with a third straight strong doubles performance, and Danielle Flores and Jade Frampton got the ball rolling with an 8-2 win at No. 2. Jamie Pawid and Catherine Leduc went on to clinch the first point with an 8-2 win at No. 3, and Jenny Jullien and Parminder Kaur weren't far behind at No. 1, leading their match 7-6 when play was stopped.

In singles, the Gaels looked to the top of their lineup. No. 9-ranked Jullien continued her historic season, beating Mayci Jones 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1 to put Saint Mary's up 2-0. The two-time WCC Player of the Year improved to 18-2 in spring competition with the victory. Kaur pushed the score to 3-0 in favor of SMC with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Desiree Tran at No. 6. The freshman has now won five in a row and nine of her last 10.

Needing one more point to clinch a third straight shutout victory at this year's tournament, Saint Mary's turned to Flores, a San Diego native, who pulled out a tough 7-5 win in the first set against Nicolette Tran and then finished off the win with a 6-4 win in the second to send the Gaels to their second straight tournament final.

#44 Saint Mary's College 4, #56 Brigham Young 0
Doubles
1. Toby Miclat/Mayci Jones (BYU) vs. Jenny Jullien/Parminder Kaur (SMC) 6-7, unfinished
2. Danielle Flores/Jade Frampton (SMC) def. Meghan Sheehan-Diz../Morgan Anderson-Lit. (BYU) 8-2
3. Jamie Pawid/Catherine Leduc (SMC) def. Nicolette Tran/Savannah Ware (BYU) 8-2
Order of finish: 2, 3

Singles
1. #9 Jenny Jullien (SMC) def. Mayci Jones (BYU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Danielle Flores (SMC) def. Nicolette Tran (BYU) 7-5, 6-4
3. Meghan Sheehan-Diz.. (BYU) vs. #100 Jamie Pawid (SMC) 6-3, 1-3,
4. Toby Miclat (BYU) vs. #114 Catherine Leduc (SMC) 7-6 (7-3), 5-2, unfinished
5. Savannah Ware (BYU) vs. Jade Frampton (SMC) 4-6, 2-5, unfinished
6. Parminder Kaur (SMC) def. Desiree Tran (BYU) 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: 1, 6, 2

From PepperdineSports.com and SMCGaels.com