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Submitted by Pepperdine University
2:16 pm PDT October 11, 2020

The Pepperdine women’s tennis team wrapped up their time in the 2020 Oracle/ITA Masters on Saturday, going for a collective record of 8-5 throughout the weekend and saw one Wave reach the tournament semifinals.

Instead of the regular format, the ITA redesigned the Masters for the 2020 season, allowing juniors and pro players as well as college athletes.

RESULTS

ROUND of 32

Redelijk (Pepperdine) def. Sherif (pro) – 6-2, ret.

Failla (Pepperdine) def. Pitts (junior) – 6-0, 6-4

Ryngler (Pepperdine) def. Weissmann (LMU) – 6-1, 6-2

Lahey (Pepperdine) def. Ovrootsky (Texas) – 6-3, 3-6, 1-0(0)

ROUND OF 16

Whittle (pro) def. Redelijk (PEPP) – 6-0. 6-0

Failla (Pepperdine) def. Lynn (junior) – 7-5, 2-6, 1-0(5)

Ryngler (Pepperdine) def. Barksdale (junior) – 6-1, 6-2

Lutkemeyer (junior) def. Lahey (PEPP) – 5-7, 7-6(9), 1-0(7)

 

QUARTERFINALS

Cayetano (USC) def. Failla (Pepperdine) – 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(5)

Ryngler (Pepperdine) def. Codd (junior) – 6-1, 6-1

 

SEMIFINALS

Kulikov (USC) def. Ryngler (Pepperdine) – 4-6, 6-4, 13-11

 

GUARANTEED 3RD MATCHES

Lahey (Pepperdine) def. Campana (Wake Forest) – 6-2, 6-1

Barksdale (junior) def. Redelijk (PEPP) – 6-4, 6-1

 

BACK IN ACTION

The first round proved successful for the Waves as all four ladies advanced into the round of 16. It was that round, however, that began to filter Pepperdine through the rest of the competition.

Seeing her first win in her first action as a Wave, Nikki Redelijk opened up her tournament play with a 6-2 first set win before her opponent- pro player Jwany Sherif- retired due to injury.

In her second round match, reigning 2019 Oracle/ITA Masters champion Ashley Lahey dipped to junior prodigy and blue chip recruit Anne-Christine Lutkemeyer in a hard-fought 7-5, 6-7, 0-1(7) loss. It was Lahey’s first ITA competition since the halting of the 2019 season back in March.

Jessica Failla and Lexi Ryngler capitalized on their success in the round of 16, as both advanced to the quarterfinals. Failla, who took the 2020 ITA Summer National Championship in August, put up three tough sets against USC’s Eryn Cayetano until her eventual demise in the quarters where she went 6-4, 4-6, 0-1(5).

Ryngler passed through three tests to advance into the semifinals, defeating each opponent in straight sets until meeting Angela Kulikov of USC in the final four. Ryngler wouldn’t quit, however, going into a tiebreak and resulting final score of 4-6, 6-4, 11-13 in favor of Kulikov.

— Morgan Davenport