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LMU, Pepperdine Claim Men’s Tennis Weekly Honors

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference has named Loyola Marymount sophomore Errol Smith the West Coast Conference Singles Player of the Week and the Pepperdine duo of Pedro Iamachkine and Stefan Menichella the Doubles Team of the Week.

It is the first weekly honor this season for both Smith and the Waves duo of Iamachkine and Menichella.

Smith went 3-0 on the week, helping guide LMU to a 3-0 week that included victories over San Francisco, Santa Clara and Gonzaga to clinch a spot in the WCC Championship. Smith played at No. 2 singles on Friday and Sunday against USF and Gonzaga while competing at No. 3 singles on Saturday against Santa Clara. Smith’s week started with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over USF’s Ryan Marker before he topped Andrew Gu of Santa Clara, 6-3, 6-0, to help the Lions clinch the spot in the WCC Championship. Playing in his third match in as many days, Smith defeated Gonzaga’s Ruadhan O’Sullivan, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to clinch the Lion win and cap his 3-0 week.

The first time duo of Menichella and Iamachkine were instrumental in the Waves’ success this week, propelling the team to two WCC victories en route to Doubles Team of the Week honors. The pair began with a 4-0 sweep over Santa Clara on Friday before a 4-2 win over San Francisco on Saturday to close out the 2016 regular season. In the number two slot, the pair first downed Ashot Khacharyan and Max Heerinckx with a 6-3 win to clinch the doubles point for the Waves and send the home team into singles play with a 1-0 advantage. On Saturday, the pair was the first to finish in doubles for Pepperdine, putting up a 6-4 victory over Christian Brockstedt and Thomas Takemoto.

Also Nominated Singles: Jeremy Bourgeois, BYU; Pedro Iamachkine, Pepperdine; Josh Page, San Diego
Also Nominated Doubles: Jeremy Bourgeois and Keaton Cullimore, BYU; Lukas Moenter and Luke Bohuslav, Loyola Marymount; Alex Arouzos and Jaan Kononov, San Diego; Robert Seby and Connor Garnett, Santa Clara 

2016 WCC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week
Week 1 (2/9) – Michail Pervolarakis, Portland
Week 2 (2/16) – Keaton Cullimore, BYU
Week 3 (2/23) – Sem Verbeek, Pacific
Week 4 (3/1) – Uros Petronijevic, San Diego
Week 5 (3/8) – Guilherme Hadlich, Pepperdine
Week 6 (3/15) – Robert Seby, Santa Clara
Week 7 (3/22) – Nils Skajaa, San Francisco
Week 8 (3/29) – Jordan Smith, Gonzaga
Week 9 (4/5) – Sem Verbeek, Pacific
Week 10 (4/12) – Ashot Khacharyan, Santa Clara
Week 11 (4/19) – Uros Petronijevic, San Diego
Week 12 (4/26) – Errol Smith, Loyola Marymount 

2016 WCC Men’s Tennis Doubles Team of the Week
Week 1 (2/9) – Lautaro Pane and Pedro Iamachkine, Pepperdine
Week 2 (2/16) – Lautaro Pane and Pedro Iamachkine, Pepperdine
Week 3 (2/23) – Daniel Alameh and Alex Gianini, Pacific
Week 4 (3/1) – Jeremy Bourgeois and Aidan Carrazedo, BYU
Week 5 (3/8) – Uros Petronijevic and Filip Vittek, San Diego
Week 6 (3/15) – Alex Wallace and Kent Andreasen, Portland
Week 7 (3/22) – Jordan Angus and Jaan Kononov, San Diego
Week 8 (3/29) - Lautaro Pane and Pedro Iamachkine, Pepperdine
Week 9 (4/5) – Charles Boyce and Cristobal Rivera, Loyola Marymount
Week 10 (4/12) – Sem Verbeek and Alex Giannini, Pacific
Week 11 (4/19) – Andrey Goryachkov and Shane Monroe, BYU
Week 12 (4/26) – Pedro Iamachkine and Stefan Menichella, Pepperdine