Saturday, March 31, 2018

#5 Waves Blank Pacific 7-0 at Home

Laura Gulbe (Photo by: Catt Ott)
MALIBU, Calif. – Laura Gulbe clinched her third match in the last four duals at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center on Friday afternoon, as she propelled the No. 5 Pepperdine women’s tennis team to 7-0 West Coast Conference win against Pacific.
With the blank of Pacific (5-7, 1-1 WCC), the Waves (13-1, 3-0 WCC) have won the last seven-straight matches including three sweeps throughout.
Pepperdine LogoRESULTS
#5 Pepperdine 7, Pacific 0
1: #25 Luisa Stefani (PEPP) def. Maayan Sela (UOP) – 6-0, 6-1
2: #12 Mayar Sherif (PEPP) def. Dohee Lee (UOP) – 6-2, 6-0
3: #60 Evgeniya Levashova (PEPP) def. Anna Ramos Vinolas (UOP) – 6-1, 6-3
4: #95 Laura Gulbe (PEPP) def. Anneroos Nederstigt (UOP) – 6-1, 6-0
5: Dzina Milovanovic (PEPP) def. Sabrina Rodriguez (UOP) – 6-2, 6-1
6: Adrijana Lekaj (PEPP) def. Jessica Kaye (UOP) – 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6, 1, 4*, 5, 2, 3
1: #30 Luisa Stefani/Mayar Sherif (PEPP) def. Maayan Sela/Dohee Lee (UOP) – 6-1
2: #70 Evgeniya Levashova/Dzina Milovanovic (PEPP) vs. Anna Ramos Vinolas/Karina Vyrlan (UOP) – 5-1, unfinished
3: Laura Gulbe/Adrijana Lekaj (PEPP) def. Sabrina Rodriguez/Anneroos Naderstigt (UOP) – 6-0
Order of Finish: 1, 2*
Pepperdine LogoMATCH RECAP
Pepperdine opened doubles with a 4-0 advantage on all three courts. Despite dropping a point in the match, the Waves’ No. 1 pair, #30 Mayar Sherif and Luisa Stefani, finished first with a 6-1 win over Maayan Sela and Dohee Lee. On court three, Laura Gulbe and Adrijana Lekaj would clinch the overall with an uncontested 6-0 win over Sabrina Rodriguez and Anneroos Nederstigt. #70 Evgeniya Levashova and Dzina Milovanovic were up 5-1 over Anna Ramos Vinolas and Karina Vyrlan on court two before the match went unfinished due to the clinch.
Pepperdine would not stop the momentum in singles, carrying the energy en route to six first set wins to set the tone for the second-straight match. Lekaj dominated her match on six with a pair of 6-0 set wins to finish the first singles match of the day over Jessica Kaye. #25 Stefani would close up shop next with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Maayan Sela on court one.
With the clinch on the table, #95 Gulbe stepped up to the plate for the third time in the last four matches, downing her opponent 6-1, 6-0 on court four to win the overall match for Pepperdine.
Although the match was clinched, the winning ways weren’t done, as Milovanovic would be the next to finish with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Savrina Rodriguez on court five. #12 Sherif stayed solid on court two towards a 6-2, 6-0 win over Dohee Lee. In the last match still in action, Levashova dominated Anna Ramos Vinolas with a 6-1, 6-3 final mark to secure the 7-0 conference sweep for her team.
Pepperdine LogoNOTABLES

  • The Waves have gone 3-1 against opponents ranked in the top-12 of the Oracle/ITA rankings.
  • Pepperdine has won the last seven matches and has collected six sweeps this season.
  • Laura Gulbe is on a seven-match winning streak in singles, while Evgeniya Levashova is on a six-match streak.
  • In doubles, Ashley Lahey and Adrijana Lekaj have won six-consecutive matches.
  • The No. 1 doubles position has gone 12-2 this season for the Waves in dual action.
  • The Waves have gone 58-13 in singles action and 27-8 in doubles play this season.
  • The Waves have five ranked in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings #12 Mayar Sherif, #15 Ashley Lahey, #25 Luisa Stefani, #61 Evgeniya Levashova and #95 Laura Gulbe.
  • The team has three doubles pairs ranked with Sherif and Stefani ranking #30, Sherif and Lahey ranking #33 and Milovanovic and Levashova ranking #70.
    Pepperdine LogoNEXT UP
    Pepperdine remains in Malibu early next week for a non-conference matchup against USC at 1:30 p.m. at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.

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