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Wave Sweep Fresno State on Senior Day

April 16, 2007

MALIBU, Calif. -

The Pepperdine Waves sent their lone senior Richard Johnson out in grand style Monday afternoon by sweeping the Fresno State Bulldogs on Senior Day at the Ralph-Straus Tennis center.


The victory extended Pepperdine's home win streak to 57 straight.


Pepperdine won the double's point with the No. 2 and No. 3 positions outlasting their Fresno State counterparts 8-6, while court No. 1 won 9-8.


Although the match was a sweep, just two of the six single's matches were settled in straight sets, with James Lemke and Mahmoud Kamel earning 6-3, 6-1 and 6-4, 6-4 victories at the No. 3 and No. 6 positions, respectively.


Andre Begemann held off Jakub Cech 7-6 in the third set on court No. 1 in the closest match of the day. Bassam Beidas took down Rudy Siwy, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 at the No. 2 position. Omar Altmann defeated Charles Irie, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 5 and in the last match of the contest, the senior Johnson broke Tejesvi Veerepalli's serve to complete a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory.


Pepperdine will return to action Friday when it opens play in the West Coast Conference tournament.



Johnson/Altmann (Pep) def. Cech/Zapletal (FS) 9-8

Begemann/Kamel (Pep) def. Veerepalli/Irie (FS) 8-6

Beidas/Lemke (Pep) def. Leiby/Siwy (FS) 8-6



Andre Begemann (Pep) def. Jakub Cech (FS) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6

Bassam Beidas (Pep) def. Rudy Siwy (FS) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

James Lemke (Pep) def. Mirko Zapletal (FS) 6-3, 6-1

Richard Johnson (Pep) def. Tejesvi Veerepalli (FS) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

Omar Altmann (Pep) def. Charles Irie (FS) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Mahmoud Kamel (Pep) def. Flavio Mollinedo (FS) 6-4, 6-4