San Diego Stuns Pepperdine in West Coast Conference Championship Finals
SAN DIEGO – In the 2012 West Coast Conference Women's Tennis Championships, No. 3 seed San Diego upset No. 1 seed Pepperdine at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego for its first ever WCC title in program history. The Toreros defeated the reigning champion Waves by a score of 4-2.
After splitting the first two doubles matches, Pepperdine clinched the doubles point with a win on court three as the sophomore pair of Megan Moore (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) and Ale Granillo (Pachuca, Mexico/Instituto Hidalgo) defeated juniors Stephanie Hoffpauir and Cara Brown, 8-5, to go up 1-0.
Singles play proved just as tight, and after two hours of play, the match was tied at 2-2 with action left on courts one, two and three. After a third point captured by San Diego junior Laura Claus on court three in a split set decision, it was senior Juliette Coupez that secured the match victory for the Toreros with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win on court one over junior Issara.
Ali Walters (Newport Beach, Calif./Creekside Christian HS) logged the lone singles victory for the Waves, downing Marite Raygada 6-4, 6-0.
With the win, the Toreros will take the automatic bid into the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, while Pepperdine will anxiously await its postseason fate. For more information on the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, click here: http://www.ncaa.com/sports/tennis-women/d1
The West Coast Conference contributed to this release.
#71 San Diego 4, #38 Pepperdine 2
1. Juliette Coupez (USD) def. #63 Khunpak Issara (PEP) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
2. Stephanie Hoffpauir (USD) vs. #114 Ale Granillo (PEP) 3-6, 7-6, 3-3, unfinished
3. Laura Claus (USD) def. Lorraine Guillermo (PEP) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
4. #112 Anna Depenau (USD) def. Arianna Colffer (PEP) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Ali Walters (PEP) def. Marite Raygada (USD) 6-4, 6-0
6. Maja Sujica (USD) def. Megan Moore (PEP) 6-1, 6-2
1. #32 Khunpak Issara/Lorraine Guillermo (PEP) def. Laura Claus/Juliette Coupez (USD) 8-4
2. Anna Depenau/Maja Sujica (USD) def. Ali Walters/Arianna Colffer (PEP) 8-5
3. Ale Granillo/Megan Moore (PEP) def. Cara Brown/Stephanie Hoffpauir (USD) 8-5
Pepperdine 15-8; National ranking #38
San Diego 13-9; National ranking #71