Jan. 10, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Coming off of the most successful season in program history in which the team claimed its first-ever national title, the Pepperdine men's tennis team will open the 2007 season with a No. 10 ranking in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings, administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
Georgia, which fell to Pepperdine in the championship match last year, holds the top spot receiving 33 of the 34 first-place votes. Following Georgia in the men's top 10 are Baylor, Ohio State, UCLA, Illinois, Mississippi, Duke, Virginia, Stanford and Pepperdine. UCLA received the remaining first-place vote.
The Waves lost three of their starters from last year's team including, Scott Doerner, Ivor Lovrak and Pedro Rico. But head coach Adam Steinberg welcomes three talented newcomers and returns senior Richard Johnson, junior Andre Begemann and sophomore Omar Altmann. Begemann, who won the clinching match against Georgia, handed defending NCAA singles champion Benjamin Kohlloeffel of UCLA his only loss this past fall en route to winning the ITA Regionals (West) in October.
Pepperdine will open the season on Fri., Jan. 19 when it travels to Illinois for a 4 p.m. (PT) match. After facing Northwestern on Jan. 21, the Waves return to Malibu for their home opener against Cal Poly at 9:30 a.m. and UC Santa Barbara at 1 p.m. at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.