Feb. 11, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - After losing the doubles point, the No. 10 Pepperdine men's tennis team rallied back and took five of the six singles matches to defeat No. 74 UNLV, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif. With the win, the Waves improved to 6-1 on the season, while the Rebels fell to 2-4.
Pepperdine controlled the No. 1 doubles match with Omar Altmann and Richard Johnson beating David Campbell and Slauko Bijelica, 8-6. The other two matches remained tight and looked to go either way. In the end, UNLV came up on top winning at both No. 2 and No. 3 doubles for the point. Brett Hunter and Elliot Wronski defeated Andre Begemann and Mahmoud Kamel 8-6, while Wes Burrows and Jonathan Hooper defeated Bassam Beidas and James Lemke, 8-5.
The Waves immediately responded in singles, winning five straight matches to secure the win. At No. 1 singles, No. 33 Begemann defeated Wronski 6-2, 6-0. Both Lemke and Altmann moved to 7-0 in dual matches, picking up wins at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively.Kamel clinched the win for the Waves as he defeated Bijelica 6-0, 6-3.
Beidas gave the Waves one more singles point after defeating Hooper, 7-5, in straight sets. Down one set, Johnson came back to win in the second-set tiebreaker, but UNLV's Brett Hunter edged Johnson 10-8 in the super-breaker at No. 2 singles.
Pepperdine will travel to Chicago, Ill. to compete at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships from Feb. 16-19. The ninth-seeded Waves will face No. 8 seed Notre Dame in a 10 a.m. match in the opening round on Friday.