(Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletic Communications)
TULSA, Okla. – For the fifth time in program history and first time since the 1994 campaign, the eighth-ranked Pepperdine women’s tennis team has reached the NCAA Elite 8 matchup after sweeping 24th-ranked Texas 4-0 in the round of 16 Thursday night in Stillwater, Okla. at the Greenwood Tennis Center.
The Waves (24-2), entering the tournament as the number eight seed, defeated Idaho, 20th-ranked USC and 24th-ranked Texas (16-9) to earn a spot among the final eight teams in the nation. Pepperdine is on a 15-match winning streak heading into the quarterfinal.
In the most recent win over the Longhorns, Pepperdine first picked up the doubles point with wins on courts one and two, before posting a strong effort in singles with wins on two, five and six, to secure the uncontested victory.
“Super proud of the girls right now and happy for them to move on to the next round,” said Head Coach Per Nilsson. “It’s not easy for a team to move on into the next rounds of the tournament and coming to the NCAA sweet sixteen and winning 4-0 against a really good Texas team feels good.”
The Waves will challenge top-seeded California at 2 p.m. PT (4 p.m. CT) in the NCAA Championships quarterfinal to be held at Michael Case Tennis Center on Saturday (May 21). Follow @WavesTennis for immediate results, updates and videos and find full recaps on PepperdineSports.com.
SWEET SIXTEEN RESULTS
No. 8 Pepperdine def. No. 24 Texas, 4-0 | NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS THIRD ROUND | MAY 19, 2016
MICHAEL AND ANNE GREENWOOD TENNIS CENTER | STILLWATER, OKLA.
1: No. 6 Luisa Stefani (PEP) vs. No. 10 Breaunna Addison (TEX) – 7-6 (2), 5-2, unfinished
2: Laura Gulbe (PEP) vs. No. 122 Neda Koprcina (TEX) – 6-2, 6-4
3: Dzina Milovanovic (PEP) vs. Danielle Wagland (TEX) – 2-6, 7-6 (4), 1-1, unfinished
4: Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) vs. Katie Poluta (TEX) – 4-6, 6-0, 2-2, unfinished
5: Matea Cutura (PEP) def. Daniella Roldan (TEX) – 6-1, 6-4
6: Michaela Capannolo (PEP) vs. Lana Goenvynck (TEX) – 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 2
1: No. 26 Luisa Stefani/Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) def. No. 16 Breaunna Addison/Danielle Wagland (TEX) – 6-4
2: No. 19 Matea Cutura/Christine Maddox (PEP) def. Chelsea Crovetti/Neda Koprcina (TEX) – 6-1
3: Daniella Roldan/Katie Poluta (TEX) def. Dzina Milovanovic/Laura Gulbe (PEP) – 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
Notes: Oklahoma State University - Indoor