June 7, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the 2012 All-Americans today, and Pepperdine’s Sebastian Fanselow, Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara all earned a spot on the roster. Fanselow was awarded for his success in singles for the second-straight year, while Guillermo and Issara were honored as All-Americans for reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship.
To receive ITA All-American honors in singles, a student-athlete must be either a top-16 seed in the NCAA Singles Championship, reach the round of the 16 in the 64-player tournament or finish in the top-20 of the final Campbell/ITA rankings.
Fanselow (Essen, Germany/Kaplan College Prep) met two of those three requirements. The junior, who was voted the ITA National Player to Watch during the NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga., was seeded No. 8 in the tournament and finished the year with a singles ranking of #7.
During the team championships, Fanselow was a primary factor in the Waves’ run to the semifinals. He defeated #11 Wil Spencer of Georgia to help send Pepperdine past the Bulldogs 4-3. In the team semifinals versus Virginia, he was the only singles player to get a point on the board for the Waves when he topped #4 Jarmere Jenkins, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Although Fanselow suffered a first-round loss in the singles championship, he strung together a 21-match unbeaten streak prior to that, which dated back to late February. The reigning WCC Player of the Year finished the dual season with a 24-3 record and was 31-8 overall during the 2011-12 campaign.
To earn All-American distinction in doubles, a pair must be a top-eight seed in the NCAA Doubles Championship, reach the quarterfinals of the tournament or finish in the top-10 in the rankings.
Guillermo (Walnut, Calif./Rowland HS) and Issara (Bangkok, Thailand/Bangkok Patana School) entered the NCAA Doubles Championship with a #32 ranking. In the first round, they upended #29 Sun Wen and Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar of Texas A&M, 6-4, 6-2.
The second round pitted the Waves against #23-ranked Jillian O'Neill and Alex Anghelescu of Georgia Tech. Guillermo and Issara advanced to the quarterfinals with a convincing 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Their incredible run was halted there, however, when they suffered a loss to Stanford’s Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs, the eventual NCAA Doubles Champions.
Guillermo and Issara were aptly awarded for their success during the tournament, and moved up to #19 in the final installment of the ITA rankings. The duo went 24-5 overall this season, including a 20-3 record in dual match play.
This is the first time Guillermo and Issara have earned ITA All-American accolades. Additionally, they are the first All-Americans for the program since the 2007 season.