Pacific women's tennis returns to the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center this week to host two nationally-ranked teams in No. 8 Pepperdine and No. 43 Loyola Marymount on Friday and Saturday this week.
With the regular season winding down and just seven matches to go, the Tigers are nearing crunch time as they jostle for position in the West Coast Conference standings. Last week the Tigers split a weekend series in the bay with a win over Santa Clara and a loss at San Francisco on Monday.
Pacific has gone 2-2 in its last four matches, but both losses have come by just one point. In singles, sophomore Dohee Lee has led the Tigers with five-straight wins at No. 2 singles. In doubles, juniors Anna Ramos Vinolas and Karina Vyrlan are yet to take a loss together. They've won six-straight matches at No. 3 doubles.
Scouting the Waves
The Tigers return home this weekend to host No. 8 Pepperdine team on Friday that has won matches over Texas, UCLA, Northwestern and Rice this year. In January, the Waves won the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Championships with wins over UNLV and Denver. A win for the Tigers this weekend would not only be a huge upset but would also give the Waves their first loss in the month of March; they've won six-straight.
In singles, four Waves are ranked inside the top-80 starting with Evgeniya Levashova, who is currently 11th in the nation. She's 16-4 overall this year and is 3-1 in dual matches at No. 2 singles. Ashley Lahey is 45th in the nation. She's played all of her matches in the No. 1 spot and is 6-2. She's won five-straight. Jessica Failla is 71st in the nation. She's 2-3 in singles and is 10-6 overall this year. Adrijana Lekaj is 80th in the nation. She's won five-straight matches and is 20-9 overall this season.
In doubles, Lahey and Levashova are seventh in the country and were previously the top duo in the nation. Failla and Anastasia Iamachkine are 16th in the nation. The two are 3-3 in dual matches this year and also are coming off of a loss to Loyola Marymount last weekend.
Scouting the Lions
On Saturday, Pacific hosts the high-riding Loyola Marymount Lions, which are currently enjoying their highest national ranking in program, history at No. 43. They're 5-4 so far this season and had a four-match winning streak snapped by Pepperdine on Saturday.