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Submitted by Pepperdine University
5:21 pm PDT June 12, 2020

The #13 Pepperdine women’s tennis team has added another high-power player in Taisya Pachkaleva, head coach Per Nilsson announced on Friday.

A native of Moscow, Russia, Pachkaleva has played in many ITF events and recorded her highest juniors ranking at #32 in 2019. In the Women’s Tennis Association, Pachaleva clocked in her highest ranking in singles at #540 and in doubles at #641.

This year, she has posted 14 singles wins and only four singles losses in ITF, WTA and Fed Cup play, while going 7-5 in doubles. In 2019, Pachkaleva went 25-13 in singles play and 21-5 in doubles.

“We are so excited for Taisya to join us here in Malibu,” Nilsson said. “We look forward to working with her and seeing her grow with us.”

“I consider (Pepperdine) to be a great place to develop as a person, student and tennis player,” Pachkaleva said about her commitment. “I will get an exceptional education and great opportunities for my future career.”


Postgraduate scholarship for Frohling

Hannah Frohling, of Pepperdine women’s volleyball team, was announced as recipient of the West Coast Conference Postgraduate Scholarship by the league office on Friday.

Frohling graduated from Pepperdine in May with a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine. She maintained an impressive 3.95 GPA after four years of excellence in the classroom. The on- and off-court standout plans to continue her education by pursuing a doctor of physical therapy degree at the USC.

“I have always wanted to work in the health profession because I have a true passion for helping people, but also, a passion for knowledge, especially about the wonders of the human body and movement,” said Frohling.

Throughout my career as an athlete, I have been injured and have, firsthand, experienced physical therapy and the recovery process and know the feeling of having to watch your team play without you or worry about the results of an X-ray. I fell in love with this profession and have been pursuing it ever since.”