Feb. 6, 2013
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference is pleased to recognize its January Men's Tennis Singles Player of the Month, Patrick Kawka from BYU, and Doubles Players of the Month, Mousheg Hovhannisyan and David Sofaer from Pepperdine University.
MEN'S TENNIS SINGLES PLAYER OF THE MONTH
PATRICK KAWKA, JR., BYU
BYU junior Patrick Kawka is the WCC Men's Tennis Singles Player of the Month for January. Kawka went 6-0 in singles play in January, including a defeat over No. 44 Winston Lin from Columbia, 6-0, 6-4. He won two of his matches at the No. 1 singles position and his other four wins came at the No. 2 spot.
With the help of Kawka's play, BYU recorded wins over two ranked teams in January, No. 44 Columbia and No. 50 South Florida. BYU opens WCC Conference play this Saturday when they play host to Santa Clara.
Also Nominated: Vincente Varas, GON; Finn Tearney, PEP; Joakim Norstrom, SMC; Bernardo Saraiva, USF; Tom Pham, SCU
2012-13 WCC MEN'S TENNIS SINGLES PLAYER OF THE MONTH
January: Patrick Kawka, BYU
November: Sebastian Fanselow, Pepperdine
October: Tuomas Manner, Saint Mary's
September: Alvaro Nazal, Gonzaga
MEN'S TENNIS DOUBLES PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
MOUSHEG HOVHANNISYAN, SR./ DAVID SOFAER, JR., PEPPERDINE
Pepperdine senior Mousheg Hovhannisyan and junior David Sofaer are the WCC Men's Doubles Tennis Players of the Month for January. Hovhannisyan and Sofaer were the only Pepperdine doubles pair to go undefeated during the month of January. The duo picked up wins against teams from Washington and Denver. In their final match of the month against #33 Florida State, Hovhannisyan and Sofaer were in a close battle with Dominic Cotrone and Michael Rinaldi when play was suspended.
The duo's efforts helped the #5-ranked Pepperdine men's tennis team to a perfect 4-0 during the month of January, including wins over #22 Washington, #33 Florida State and #53 Denver.
Also Nominated: Keaton Cullimore/John Pearce, BYU; Alvaro Nazal/Pablo Mosquera Pérez Jr., GON; Bernardo Saraiva/Nils Skajaa, USF
2012-13 WCC MEN'S TENNIS DOUBLES PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
January: Mousheg Hovhannisyan/David Sofaer, Pepperdine
November: Clarke Spinosa/Thibaut Visy, San Diego
October: Jesse Kiuru/Joakim Norstrom, Saint Mary's