May 13, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - The No. 2 Pepperdine men's tennis team defeated Montana State, 4-0, in the first round of the NCAA Championships at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif. The Waves will face TCU in the second round on Sunday, May 14 at 1 p.m. TCU defeated San Diego 4-0 in the second first-round match of the day.
With the win, the Waves moved to 31-2 on the season, while the Bobcats concluded their season with a 15-12 record.
Pepperdine clinched the doubles point after picking up wins at No. 2 and No. 3. Omar Altmann and Richard Johnson recorded their 15th win at court three as they defeated Justin Hauck and Jake Berriochoa 8-2. The 31st-ranked Wave duo of Ivor Lovrak and Pedro Rico defeated Tejeshwara Chigateri and Federico Ueltschi 8-4 at No. 2 to give the Waves the 1-0 lead.
In singles, Pepperdine took control from the start and won three straight points over the Bobcats. Altmann blanked Berriochoa 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6, while Rico took point three at No. 2 as he put away Marek Gebicki 6-1, 6-2. Andre Begemann clinched the match for Pepperdine when he handed Chigateri a 6-1, 6-2 defeat at No. 4.
Pepperdine defeated TCU, 4-0, earlier this season in Fort Worth, Texas.