Feb. 23, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - The No. 8 Pepperdine men's tennis team continued its tough schedule at third-ranked Virginia, marking the Waves' fourth straight Top 10 opponent in a week. Last year, the Waves opened the season against the top-ranked Cavaliers, winning 4-3, but this year the home team prevailed with a 6-1 victory on Friday night at the Boyd Tinsley Courts in Charlottesville, Va.
The loss marked the Waves' third straight as they fell to 7-4. Pepperdine has not lost three in a row since the 2003 season when it dropped five straight matches.
Virginia (9-1) swept the doubles matches to take a quick 1-0 lead on Pepperdine. The fourth-ranked doubles team of Somdev Devvarman and Treat Huey defeated Andre Begemann and Richard Johnson 8-4 at No. 1. Marko Miklo and Lee Singer beat Bassam Beidas and James Lemke 8-5, while Dominic Inglot and Houston Barrick edged Omar Altmann and Mahmoud Kamel in the tiebreaker, 8-7 (4).
The Cavaliers continued to control on their home court, winning at No. 5 and No. 1 singles to take a 3-0 lead as Singer defeated Kamel 6-1, 6-0 and fourth-ranked Devvarman defeated No. 15 Begemann 6-3, 6-2.
Beidas kept the Waves in the match after defeating Barrick 6-4, 6-1 at spot four, but a win at No. 6 clinched the match for Virginia.
Pepperdine will look to snap its three-match losing streak on Sunday when it visits No. 28 Wake Forest. Match time is set for 9 a.m. PT.