April 23, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - The No. 2 Pepperdine men's tennis team proved its power in the West Coast Conference (WCC) as it claimed its 16th consecutive and 37th overall conference crown after defeating San Diego, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Korth Tennis Complex on Saint Mary's campus in Moraga, Calif. With the win, the Waves earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
Looking to break through after five straight second place finishes, 34th-ranked San Diego entered the match with something to prove, but the Waves confirmed their talent.
Pepperdine picked up the doubles point to kick off the title match. No. 35 Pedro Rico and Ivor Lovrak defeated Jonas Mouly and Mirza Koristovic 8-6 at No. 2 and at No. 3 Richard Johnson and Omar Altmann beat Chris Coetzee and Thomas Liversage 8-3.
In singles, No. 25 Rico handed Oscar Plotnik a 6-3, 6-3 defeat, while senior Kevin Borzenski came out strong with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Koristovic. At No. 4, Johnson went 3-0 in the tournament as he defeated Ryo Sekiguchi 6-3, 6-4 to lift the Waves to the 4-1 victory.
The Toreros received a point at court six where Jonas Mouly defeated Altmann 6-3, 6-4.
The Waves head into the postseason with a 30-2 mark--the best regular-season record in Head Coach Adam Steinberg's career. Pepperdine will await the announcement of its NCAA regional championship schedule. The first two rounds of the national tournament are slated for May 12-14. Selections will be announced on Wednesday, May 3 on ESPNews at approximately 5:30 p.m. (PT).