April 13, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The No. 53 University of San Diego women's tennis team (10-10, 5-3) fell to Pepperdine (8-11, 5-1) 4-3 Saturday afternoon at the Hogan Tennis Center. The Toreros, who were celebrating the last home match for their three seniors, rallied from a 3-0 deficit, but fell just short.
The Waves, who lost at Saint Mary's the previous evening, got off to a good start and took the doubles point after winning at the No. 1 and 2 spots. Ale Granillo and Michaela Capannolo won 8-0 at the No. 2 over Stephanie Hoffpauir and Anna Depenau. That was followed by an 8-4 victory for Khunpak Issara and Megan Moore over the 68th ranked tandem of Laura Claus and Shani Blecher at the No. 1. Blecher was playing in her first match since March 26.
The Waves won the first two singles to take a 3-0 lead. Ale Granillo earned a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Shani Blecher at the No. 3, and then No. 56 Khunpak Issara won 6-0, 6-4 over seniot Stephanie Hoffpauir at the No. 2.
With their backs against the wall, the Toreros would not go down easily. Senior Laura Claus, who is ranked No. 103, knocked off the 31st ranked Lorraine Guillermo 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 1. Anna Depenau followed that with a 6-2, 7-6 (10-8) win at the No. 5 to bring the score to 3-2.
Marta Stojanovic continued her impressive freshman campaign with a clutch 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 win at the No. 4 spot to tie the match at 3-3.
Senior Cara Brown
, playing at the No. 6, rallied to force a third set but fell just short and lost 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1 to give the Waves the 4-3 win.
The Toreros, who are currently in fourth place in the conference, will have time for some much needed rest before the WCC Tournament begins on Wednesday, April 24 where they will look to defend their title.
Pepperdine 4, #53 San Diego 3
1. #103 Laura Claus (USD) def. #31 Lorraine Guillermo (PEP) 6-2, 6-3
2. #56 Khunpak Issara (PEP) def. Stephanie Hoffpauir (USD) 6-0, 6-4
3. Ale Granillo (PEP) def. Shani Blecher (USD) 6-2, 6-0
4. Marta Stojanovic (USD) def. Megan Moore (PEP) 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3
5. Anna Depenau (USD) def. Michaela Capannolo (PEP) 6-2, 7-6 (10-8)
6. Danielle Feneridis (PEP) def. Cara Brown (USD) 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1
1. Khunpak Issara/Megan Moore (PEP) def. #68 Laura Claus/Shani Blecher (USD) 8-4
2. Ale Granillo/Michaela Capannolo (PEP) def. Stephanie Hoffpauir/Anna Depenau (USD) 8-0
3. Cara Brown/Marta Stojanovic (USD) vs. Lorraine Guillermo/Danielle Feneridis (PEP) 5-4, unfinished
Pepperdine 7-11, 4-1
San Diego 10-9, 5-2; National ranking #53
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,2,1,5,4,6)