May 10, 2014
BERKELEY, Calif. - A day after setting a new program record for consecutive victories, the #24-ranked Pepperdine women's tennis team made its exit out of the NCAA Championship, falling to #6 Cal, 4-0. It was Gualberto Escudero's final dual match as head coach of the Waves. The 37-year veteran, who will remain with the program as an associate head coach next year, ends his run with an impressive 651-334 record.
Pepperdine (19-5) opened the NCAA Championship with a 4-1 triumph over #40 LSU yesterday in the opening round. That win was the Waves' record-setting 15th in a row, breaking the 1999 record of 14 consecutive victories.
During the Escudero Era, which began in 1977-78, Pepperdine has collected 24 of the possible 29 West Coast Conference Tournament titles. The Waves have reached the NCAA Championship 31 times, and have not missed the national tournament in 27 years.
The Golden Bears (20-4), with a strong lineup featuring six ranked singles players and two ranked doubles teams, proved too strong for Pepperdine today. Cal will advance to Athens, Ga. as one of the 16 remaining teams who will contend for the NCAA title.
The home team claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Ale Granillo (Pachuca, Mexico/Instituto Hidalgo) and Matea Cutura (Zagreb, Croatia/Gimnazija Birotehnika/DePaul) put up a strong fight against Klara Fabikova and Kelly Chui, and were deadlocked 4-4 when action was suspended.
Although both Lorraine Guillermo (Walnut, Calif./Rowland HS) and Cutura won their respective opening frames in singles, Cal gained the opening edge on the remaining four courts.
Although team competition in now complete for the Waves in 2014, Guillermo, Capannolo and Chiang will forge on at the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championship, starting on May 21 in Athens, Ga. Guillermo will represent Pepperdine in singles, while Capannolo and Chiang earned the WCC's automatic bid into the 32-team doubles draw.