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No. 58 Tennis Falls to No. 9 Pepperdine

Feb. 3, 2007

Malibu, CA - The Saint Mary's men's tennis team dropped today's match against conference rival Pepperdine. Pepperdine entered the match with a No. 9 national ranking. Andre Sion remained undefeated in singles play, improving to 4-0 on the season.

The Gaels earned their first national ranking in program history earlier this week. This weekend they put up a strong fight, but fell to No. 9 Pepperdine. Today's match marked the third straight ranked opponent the Gaels have played. Saint Mary's has gone 1-2 over that stretch.

Joel Kusnierz fell to Andre Begemann 7-6, 6-2. Begemann entered the competion with a national ranking of No. 33. Achim Christner, Andrea Zannoni and Alp Ozpinar all lost in two sets. Adam Fauvre dropped his first set; came back to win the second set 6-3 but ended up dropping the match in the third set.

Andre Sion has been unstoppable for the Gaels so far the season. The senior improved to 4-0 in singles play, after rolling through Pepperdine's Richard Johnson 6-2, 6-3.

Singles competition1. #33 Andre Begemann (PEP) def. Joel Kusnierz (SM) 7-6, 6-22. Andre Sion (SM) def. Richard Johnson (PEP) 6-2, 6-43. James Lemke (PEP) def. Achim Christner (SM) 6-0, 6-24. Bassam Beidas (PEP) def. Andrea Zannoni (SM) 6-1, 6-45. Omar Altmann (PEP) def. Adam Fauvre (SM) 3-6, 6-3, 6-26. Mahmoud Kamel (PEP) def. Alp Ozpinar (SM) 6-4, 7-5

Doubles competition1. Richard Johnson/Omar Altmann (PEP) def. Joel Kusnierz/Andre Sion (SM) 8-52. Andre Begemann/Mahmoud Kamel (PEP) def. Yury Platonov/Achim Christner (SM) 8-53. Bassam Beidas/James Lemke (PEP) def. Adam Fauvre/Alp Ozanar (SM) 8-4