(Courtesy of Pepperdine Media Relations)
MALIBU, Calif. - The NCAA Tennis Singles and Doubles Championship fields were announced today and three student-athletes from the Pepperdine women's tennis team were chosen to compete against the best in the country.
In singles, #11-ranked Lorraine Guillermo (Walnut, Calif./Rowland HS) earned the West Coast Conference's automatic bid into the 64-player field. Christine Maddox (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica HS) and Matea Cutura (Zagreb, Croatia/Gimnazija Birotehnika/DePaul) received the West Coast Conference's automatic bid into the doubles draw as the highest ranked active pair in the league.
This is Guillermo's third trip to the NCAA Singles Championship, which will run May 20-25 at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas, following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 15-19. Baylor University will serve as host.
The Waves' senior star boasts a 30-6 overall record this season and was named WCC Player of the Year. Guillermo went 10-4 vs. ranked opponents this year. She earned the automatic bid as the WCC's highest ranked player, outranking all other conference contenders by 79 spots. She earned a 9-16 seed in the singles bracket, which guarantees the senior ITA All-American status.
Maddox and Cutura come into the tournament ranked #23 and climbed as high as #21 in the rankings this season. They were both named All-WCC first team in singles.
As a pair, the duo went 14-1 overall this season, winning 12 in a row at one point. Maddox and Cutura were 4-1 vs. ranked opponents, including a 6-3 win over #11- ranked Zsofi Susanyi / Klara Fabikova of Cal. This is the first appearance for Maddox and Cutura in the doubles championship. Their selection also marks the fourth-straight year a Pepperdine pair has been picked to go to the doubles championship.
The doubles tournament will run in conjunction with the singles championship, May 20-25 in Waco, Texas.