May 4, 2006
Indianapolis, Ind. - Ten different men's and women's tennis players from Pepperdine and San Diego were named to the field for the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships on Thursday afternoon. The individual competitions will run from May 23-29 at the Taube Tennis Center at Stanford University.
Pepperdine landed Scott Doerner and Pedro Rico in the men's individual championship, while Doerner and doubles partner Andre Begemann were named to the doubles field. San Diego's Pierrick Ysern, the 2005 NCAA singles runner up, earned his third straight trip to the singles competition, and will team with Thomas Liversage in the doubles bracket. On the women's side, 2006 WCC Player of the Year Bianca Dulgheru will represent Pepperdine, and San Diego's Emma Murphy will also compete in the singles draw. The Waves will have two doubles tandems in the competition, as the duo of Merve Asimgil and Sylvia Kosakowski will join Dulgheru and Eva Dickes in the doubles field.
Appearing in his second consecutive singles championship, Doerner has led the Waves all season at the No. 1 position, posting a 21-6 record and holds an ITA ranking of No. 8. Owning a 23-4 overall record, Rico is currently ranked 31st and boasts a 7-2 record versus nationally-ranked opponents.
Taking the country by storm, Doerner and Begemann, who held the No. 1 doubles spot for six weeks earlier this season, are seeded third in the doubles draw. The Wave duo holds a 23-4 overall record, including an impressive 11-1 record versus nationally-ranked opponents.
Pepperdine's last NCAA Singles Champion was Robbie Weiss in 1988. The Waves won back-to-back NCAA Doubles Championships with Kelly Jones and Jerome Jones winning the title in 1984 and in 1985, Kelly Jones took the trophy along with Carlos DiLaura.
No. 24 Dulgheru, who capped the regular season by being named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, owns an 18-3 record at the No. 1 position and is 7-1 against nationally-ranked opponents.
The Wave duo of Asimgil and Kosakowski, who check in at No. 17, are 11-9 overall. Their regular season was highlighted by three wins over Top 25 teams, including a victory over the No. 4 Harvard duo of Melissa Anderson and Elsa O'Riain. Holding an overall record of 18-2 at the No. 2 position, Dickes and Dulgheru are ranked at No. 31. The appearance in the doubles draw marks the first for both Wave tandems.
Ysern, the 2005 NCAA national runner up, earns his third straight trip to the singles competition and currently holds a national ranking of No. 42. He finished the regular season with an overall record of 14-3 at the No. 1 spot and owns victories over top-ranked opponents including UCLA's Benjamin Kohlloeffel, who is currently the top-ranked player in the nation, and Boise's Luke Shields, who ranked 29th at the time.
Ysern teams up with sophomore Thomas Liversage, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, in the doubles bracket. The pair, ranked 24th nationally in doubles, earns their first trip to the NCAA doubles competition. Together, the duo has compiled an overall record of 11-3 at the No. 1 spot. Most notably, Ysern and Liversage handed the, then-4th ranked, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill doubles team of Raian Luchici and Brad Pomeroy an 8-3 defeat on March 13. The duo first entered the national rankings on April 4 and has ranked as high as No. 13.
The announcement marks the second time that the USD men's program will advance a team, an individual, and a doubles team into the post-season tournament in the same year. The first time was in 1990 when the Toreros advanced as a team to the second round, four-time All-American Jose Luis Noriega competed in the singles ladder and Noriega and teammate J.R. Edwards paired up for the doubles competition.
Murphy, who earned an at-large selection to the singles draw, was named the West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Month for the month of April, marking the second time that she has received the conference's monthly award this season as she and doubles partner Lauren Perl were named the WCC Doubles Team of the Month for March.
Murphy currently ranks 41st in the nation in the latest ITA/Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings and finished the month of April with a perfect 4-0 record at No. 1 singles. Most notably, she defeated Fresno State's Melanie Gloria, who ranked 19th in the nation at the time, in the Toreros' 5-2 loss on April 3.
Bracketing will be announced closer to the first day of the tournament. For more information, visit www.ncaasports.com.