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WCC Men's Tennis Notes, Feb. 8, 2011

Feb. 8, 2011

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Pepperdine and Portland are off to strong starts this season with 5-1 and 4-1 records, respectively. Pepperdine, Santa Clara and San Diego are all ranked in the ITA's top 50, while Pepperdine and San Diego also boast three ranked singles players in the ITA's Top 40.

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Overall Record: 2-5
WCC Record: 0-1
  • After a solid 5-2 win over Lewis-Clark State, Gonzaga continued its roughstart to the 2011 season with three losses to non-conference opponentsUC Davis, 4-3, and Portland State, 7-0 and conference rival Portland, 6-1.The Pilots are now 2-5 on the season.

  • The win over Lewis-Clark State was a well-fought one for the Bulldogs as two of the four singlespoints came in three-set matches. Junior Jake Davis posted both a singles and doubles win that day.

  • In the conference matchup against Portland, sophomore Levin Guillermo posted his fifth singleswin of the 2010-11 season, playing at the No. 1 spot. So far this season, Guillermo has played athree-setter in every one of his seven dual matches.

  • The Bulldogs will look to turn things around against Idaho on Wednesday, February 16 at home.

Overall Record: 3-2
WCC Record: 1-2
  • Loyola Marymount picked up one win and two losses last weekend.The Lions defeated Missouri-Kansas City, 5-2, and suffered setbacks toconference rivals Pepperdine, 7-0, and Santa Clara, 4-3. The Lions are 3-2 overall.

  • The loss to then-No. 20 Pepperdine was the Lions' first loss of the season. The Lions faced atough Pepperdine team that featured one ITA ranked doubles team and three ITA ranked singlesplayers. After losing the doubles point, LMU failed to pick up any singles points.

  • In a close fought duel, the Lions secured the doubles point early against Santa Clara, butdropped two quick ones at the No. 2 and 5 spots. The last point came down to the No. 1 singlesmatch that ended in a tough 7-6, 6-4 loss for LMU's Aris Andreasian to SCU's Kyle Dandan.

  • The Lions will travel north this weekend (February 11-13) to face Fresno State, Fresno Pacificand San Francisco.

Overall Record: 5-1
WCC Record: 2-0
  • No. 20 Pepperdine played two conference matches in a double-headerthis past weekend and came out with two convincing sweeps wins over Loyola Marymount andSanta Clara. The Waves are now 5-1 on the season. Their only loss this season came againstDuke, 4-3.

  • The morning session featured Pepperdine and LMU in a fight for a point in the PCH Cupstandings. The Waves swept all three doubles matches and shut out the Lions in singles. Thehome victory for Pepperdine added one point to its year-long total to extend its lead to 7.5-5.0.

  • The afternoon matchup against Santa Clara proved tougher with four of the six singles contestsgoing to three sets. Preseason All-WCC selections Finn Tearney and Alex Llompart bothwon that day to bring their dual season records to a perfect 6-0.

  • The Waves gear up for a road contest against No. 2-ranked USC on February 11 at 1:30 PM.

Overall Record: 4-4
WCC Record: 1-0
  • Portland played four more matches at home and improved its record to4-1 on the season with wins over Eastern Washington, 6-1, Gonzaga, 6-1,and UC Davis, 7-0. The lone loss came against Idaho in a 4-3 heartbreaker.

  • The Pilot freshmen have continued to step up in singles as all four that played in the lineupcame through with singles victories against Gonzaga. Freshman Michael Hukwo defeated JakeDavis in straight sets, only dropping two games total in the match (6-1, 6-1).

  • In the win over UC Davis, the Pilots won two of the three doubles matches and swept all sixsingles matches. Freshman Alex Ferrero finished the weekend going 3-0 in singles play withtwo coming at the No. 1 spot, while Hukwo remained undefeated in spring season contests.

  • Portland will host Sacramento State on February 10 in the first of four upcoming home matches.

Overall Record: 1-2
WCC Record: 0-1
  • The Gaels have not competed since their loss to Loyola Marymount on January23. Before then, Saint Mary's defeated Division II Sonoma State and lost toNo. 2-ranked USC to start the 2011 season. The Gaels remain at 0-1 in conference play and 1-2 overall.

  • After winning the doubles point against Sonoma State, the Gaels dominated in singles play,winning all but one match in straight sets. The deciding point came at the No. 5 spot with juniorGavin Leon defeating his opponent, 6-1, 6-1.

  • The Gaels faced a deep USC team and failed to pick up a doubles or singles match on theday. The closest results came at the No. 5 and 6 singles spots as Leon lost 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5)and sophomore Saad Benkirane dropped a close three-setter.

  • The Gaels return to action on February 9 when they host San Francisco, the first of a fourmatchhome stand in Moraga, CA.

Overall Record: 4-2
WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego split its past four matches with sweeps over South Carolina Upstateand UC Santa Barbara and 6-1 losses to Tennessee and USC. The Torerosare now 4-2 on the season.

  • San Diego dropped a tough 6-1 match to then-No. 2 Tennessee in the opening round of ITAKickoff Weekend. The Toreros came back strong the next day with a 7-0 win over then-No. 60South Carolina Upstate, only allowing one match to go to three sets.

  • After a tough road loss to then-No. 2 USC, the Toreros bounced back with a 6-0 sweep overthen-No. 62 UC Santa Barbara. Preseason All-WCC selection Dean Jackson earned his 16thvictory of the year in that match, tying him for a team high with sophomore teammate Thibaut Visy.

  • The Toreros will be back on court on Saturday, February 12 when they travel to Tucson, AZfor a pair of dual matches against New Mexico and Arizona.

Overall Record: 1-1
WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco has only played two matches this season with the lastagainst Utah at San Francisco's Cal Club. The Dons posted a 6-1 victoryover the Utes to bring their overall record to 1-1 on the season.

  • The Dons won the doubles point after sweeping all three positions in very tight matchups (two ofthe three were won by a score of 9-8) and continued that momentum into singles, not dropping asingle set in five of the six matches.

  • San Francisco began its season with a 6-1 loss at Fresno State. The Dons lost all threedoubles matches and five of the six singles matches. The lone point for the Dons came at theNo. 5 singles position as sophomore William Schumacher took his opponent to a 10-point tiebreakerto decide the third set and won by a score of 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (5).

  • The Dons will return to action on Wednesday, February 9 against WCC foe Saint Mary's in Moraga.

Overall Record: 4-3
WCC Record: 1-1
  • After two busy weeks of matches, four of which were on the road, SantaClara is now 4-3 overall.

  • The Broncos picked up its first two losses at ITA Kickoff Weekend against then-No. 8 Stanfordand then-No. 38 Vanderbilt. Against Stanford, the Broncos had three unfinished matchesthat were very close, particularly sophomore Tom Pham's 7-6, 4-5 lead at the No. 4 spot. Theheartbreaker against Vanderbilt came down to a three-set tiebreaker at the No. 2 singles spot.

  • Santa Clara split its conference matches with a 7-0 loss to then-No. 20 Pepperdine and aclose 4-3 win over LMU. Four singles matches against Pepperdine were decided in thethird set, while the four singles matches that won points against LMU were won in two.

  • Santa Clara will travel to Fayetteville, AR to take on Iowa and Arkansas on February 12-13.


2011 WCC Men's Tennis Preseason Poll
The Pepperdine men's tennis team was chosen to finish first in the 2011 West Coast Conference preseasonpoll, as voted on by the conference coaches. Pepperdine and San Diego claimed five of thesix singles players on the preseason all-conference team, while Santa Clara took the remaining spot.

The top three finishers from last year took the top three spots in this year's preseason poll. Pepperdine,which won its 41st WCC title in program history last season, garnered 48 total points and six of the eightfirst place votes. San Diego collected the two remaining first place votes and 43 total points for secondplace in the preseason poll, while Santa Clara, last year's second place finisher in the WCC, receiveda total of 38 points to take the third spot on the preseason list.

Loyola Marymount was picked fourth with 27 points. Saint Mary's was selected fifth with 25 points. SanFrancisco came in sixth with two less points than the Gaels, while Portland and Gonzaga rounded outthe coaches' poll.

The men's preseason all-conference team saw some familiar names from the 2010 preseason list,including Pepperdine's Alex Llompart and San Diego's Nikola Bubnic and Dean Jackson. Llompartcompeted in the 2010 NCAA Doubles Championships with former partner Bassam Beidas and finishedthe season with a No. 30 doubles ranking by the ITA. Jackson and Bubnic were both 2010 All-WCCFirst Team selections. Bubnic ended the season ranked No. 91 by the ITA and was named the 2010 ITAPlayer to Watch Award for the Southwest Region. Jackson advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2009NCAA Singles Championships.

First time preseason all-conference selections Sebastian Fanselow and Finn Tearney of Pepperdineand Kyle Dandan of Santa Clara are no strangers to the WCC tennis scene. Fanselow earned WCCFreshman of the Year honors last season and finished with a No. 72 ranking by the ITA, while Tearneyearned All-WCC second team honors after going 26-9 overall in singles. Dandan was also named to theAll-WCC second team after playing an integral part of the Broncos' first-ever appearance in the WCCfinals since the tournament changed to a seven-point format.

2011 WCC Men's Tennis Preseason Poll
1. Pepperdine - 48 (6)
2. San Diego - 43 (2)
3. Santa Clara - 38
4. Loyola Marymount - 27
5. Saint Mary's - 25
6. San Francisco - 22
7. Portland - 14
8. Gonzaga - 7
(First place votes)

2011 Preseason All-Conference Team
Alex Llompart, Pepperdine, Junior
Dean Jackson, San Diego, Senior
Finn Tearney, Pepperdine, Sophomore
Kyle Dandan, Santa Clara, Junior
Nikola Bubnic, San Diego, Junior
Sebastian Fanselow, Pepperdine, Sophomore

Spring 2010 WCC Postseason Award Winners
The Pepperdine men's tennis team swept all three postseason awards for the second year in a row. Below are this year's award recipients.
WCC Player of the Year: Bassam Beidas, PEP
WCC Freshman of the Year: Sebastian Fanselow, PEP
WCC Coach of the Year: Adam Steinberg, PEP

2009-10 WCC Men's Tennis: Season Recap
This year saw a reigning champion prove its dominance and newcomers rise to the occasion, especially at the 2010 WCC Championships. Throughout the course of the season, five of the eight WCC men's tennis teams held a mark of .500 or above, while the top three finishers at the WCC tournament all ended their seasons ranked in the nation's top 65.

After a strong regular season, Pepperdine came out swinging at the 2010 WCC Championships in San Diego, CA. The Waves defeated Gonzaga, San Francisco, and Santa Clara in impressive fashion, losing just one singles match en route to its 41st WCC title in program history and automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Tennis Championships.

Pepperdine also swept all three postseason awards for the second year in a row. Senior Bassam Beidas was named the WCC Player of the Year, freshman Sebastian Fanselow garnered WCC Freshman of the Year honors, and Coach Adam Steinberg tallied his fourth WCC Coach of the Year award.

The Santa Clara men's tennis team finished second at this year's WCC Championships, proving itself as one of the toughest teams in the WCC. The Broncos defeated last year's runner-up San Diego to arrive to its first-ever appearance in the finals since the WCC tournament changed to a seven team point format. It was a second for the Broncos in program history (Santa Clara lost to Pepperdine 6-1 in 2000). ended the year as the second highest ranked team in the conference in the ITA rankings (No. 53).

San Diego also continued its solid season from last year. Despite finishing in third at this year's conference tournament, the Toreros continue to be one of the conference's strongest teams with a deep lineup, highlighted by sophomore Nikola Bubnic, who ended the season with a national ranking (No. 91) and the 2010 ITA Player to Watch Award for the Southwest Region.

WCC Men's Tennis in the 2010 NCAA Championships
After winning the conference crown, the No. 21-ranked Pepperdine men's tennis team went on to represent the WCC in the NCAA Championships in Athens, GA. In the first round, the team defeated No. 37-ranked Hawaii 4-0, only to face Stanford in the second round for the second year in a row.

The Waves suffered the same fate this year, losing 4-0 to the No. 7-ranked team.2010 WCC Player of the Year Bassam Beidas of Pepperdine was the only men's tennis player from the conference to compete in the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship. Beidas advanced to the Round of 16 after defeating James Meredith of Boise State (7-6 (4), 6-3) and upsetting No. 8 seed Alexandre Lacroix of Florida in three sets (4-6, 7-5, 7-5). In his Round of 16 match, Beidas stayed close with No. 10 seed Dimitar Kutrovsky of Texas but suffered an injury in the start of the second set, making it difficult for Beidas to pull off another upset. The final score was 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-2.

Pepperdine's Beidas and last year's WCC Freshman of the Year Alex Llompart competed together in the NCAA Men's Tennis Doubles Championship. The duo lost in split sets to No. 5-8 seeded pair of Kutrovsky (same player who defeated Beidas in singles) and Josh Zavala of Texas (4-6, 6-2, 6-2).

About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
Long recognized as one of the best-organized collegiate sports associations, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is a non-profit service organization, which serves as the governing body of collegiate tennis in the United States. Administering a comprehensive calendar of tournaments and events and a far-reaching awards program, the goal of the ITA is to improve the level of intercollegiate tennis competition and the quality of college tennis coaching.

Comprised of nearly 1,500 men's and women's coaches representing over 1,200 institutions across the country from all three NCAA Divisions, as well as the NAIA and Junior and Community Colleges, the ITA oversees activities involving over 15,000 varsity college student-athletes. In addition to ITA collegiate coach (and team) members, the ITA also welcomes collegiate parents, junior players and parents, alumni, corporate, federation, high school coach, and associate membership.

To learn more about the ITA, please visit www.itatennis.com.