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Pepperdine Picked As Favorite in WCC Men's Tennis Preseason Poll

Jan. 27, 2010

SAN BRUNO, CALIF. - The Pepperdine men's tennis team was picked as the favorite to win this year's West Coast Conference title in the 2010 preseason poll, as voted on by the head coaches in the conference.

2009 WCC Champion Pepperdine garnered seven first place votes for a total of 49 points in the men's poll. The Waves are currently ranked No. 17 in the ITA national rankings. San Diego, last year's second place finisher in the WCC, received the remaining first place vote and a total of 41 points to take second place in the preseason poll. San Francisco was picked third with 33 points, while Santa Clara came in fourth with one less point than the Dons. Loyola Marymount received 24 points, edging out Portland, who received 21 points from the coaches. Saint Mary's came in seventh with 16 points, and Gonzaga rounded out the poll with eight.

On the men's preseason all-conference team, San Diego's Dean Jackson and Pepperdine's Bassam Beidas topped the list, both of whom competed in last year's NCAA Tournament. Jackson became an All-American in singles after his run to the Round of 16, while Beidas Beidas appeared on the All-American list in doubles. Pepperdine's Alex Llompart, last year's WCC Freshman of the Year, also gained a spot on the preseason team along with All-WCC First Team member Filip Zivkovic from Portland. Loyola Marymount's No. 1 singles player Ivan Lopez was also a preseason all-conference selection joined by San Diego's Nikola Bubnic, who played an integral part in San Diego's second place finish at last year's WCC Championships.

2010 WCC Men's Tennis Preseason Poll
1. Pepperdine - 49 (7)
2. San Diego - 41 (1)
3. San Francisco - 33
4. Santa Clara - 32
5. Loyola Marymount - 24
6. Portland - 21
7. Saint Mary's - 16
8. Gonzaga - 8
(First place votes)

2010 Preseason All-Conference Singles Players
Dean Jackson, USD
Bassam Beidas, PEP
Alex Llompart, PEP
Filip Zivkovic, POR
Ivan Lopez, LMU
Nikola Bubnic, USD