Jan. 26, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. -
Waves vs. Gauchos in Home Opener on Sunday
The No. 10 Pepperdine men's tennis team begins a four-match home stand on Sunday when it hosts the No. 70 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on Sunday in a 1 p.m. match at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif. The Waves enter this weekend with a 1-1 record after earning a split on the road to open the 2007 season.
Waves Defend Home Courts
After going 20-0 in Malibu last season, the Waves extended their home win streak to 41 matches, which dates back to March 24, 2004. Pepperdine will play 14 matches in the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center, hosting three teams ranked in the Top 15, including Ohio State (No. 3), Texas (No. 12) and Florida State (No. 15).
Three Newcomers in Wave Line-up
All three of Pepperdine's freshmen have started in the Waves' line-up; Bassam Beidas, Mahmoud Kamel and James Lemke. Beidas and Lemke have paired up, playing at No. 3 doubles in the Waves' last two matches, while Kamel teamed up with junior Andre Begemann at No. 2 doubles.
About the Gauchos
The defending Big West Champions, UC Santa Barbara is ranked at No. 70 in the Fila/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings. Sophomore Bijan Hejazi and junior Anders Dalskov lead the Guachos this year with Hejazi ranked 25th in the West Region. Head coach Marty Davis is entering his eight season. UCSB will face BYU at home on Saturday to open its season before making the trip to Malibu.
Pepperdine is coming off of a 7-0 shutout over No. 56 Northwestern, after dropping its season opener to No. 5 Illinois, 4-3, in Champaign, Ill.
The Waves continue their homestand with three West Coast Conference matches against Loyola Marymount, Saint Mary's and Santa Clara beginning Thursday, Jan. 31.