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No. 5 Mississippi Edges No. 10 Pepperdine, 4-2, in Consolation at Indoors

Feb. 18, 2007

MALIBU, Calif. - The ninth-seeded and 10th-ranked Pepperdine men's tennis team fell to fifth-seeded and fourth-ranked Mississippi, 4-2, in Sunday's final consolation round at the USTA/ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships at the Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago, Ill.

After opening the tournament with a 4-2 win over eighth-seeded Notre Dame, Pepperdine (7-3) finished the Indoors tied for seventh place, while Mississippi (9-1) tied for fifth place.

The Waves opened doubles with a quick win at No. 3 as James Lemke and Bassam Beidas dominated Jonas Berg and Karl Norberg, 8-2. But the Rebels responded with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 for the doubles point.

In singles, Mississippi took a 3-0 lead after wins at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots. Karl Norberg defeated Omar Altmann 6-0, 6-3, while No. 79 Robbye Poole defeated Bassam Beidas 6-1, 7-5.

Pepperdine closed within one point, 3-2, as Andre Begemann and Mahmoud Kamel kept the Waves in the match. At No. 1, No. 33 Begemann fell 7-5 in the first set, but came back to win 6-3, 6-2, while Kamel followed with an upset victory over 75th-ranked Jakob Klaeson, 7-6, 7-6 in the last spot.

The last two matches were in the third set, but the Rebels came out on top with a win at the No. 2 position.

The Waves continue action away from Malibu with a challenging three-match road trip beginning Feb. 23. Pepperdine will face No. 8 Virginia, No. 24 Wake Forest and local rival and fourth-ranked UCLA.