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No. 8 Pepperdine Faces Challenging East Coast Road Trip this Weekend

Feb. 22, 2007

MALIBU, Calif. -

Waves Continue Action at Home

The No. 8 Pepperdine men's tennis team continues tough competition on the road as it travels to the East Coast to face two nationally-ranked opponents this weekend. The Waves will face No. 3 Virginia on Friday at 3 p.m. (PT) and No. 28 Wake Forest on Sunday at 9 a.m. (PT). Pepperdine enters this weekend's action with a 7-3 record after going 1-2 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships last week in Chicago.

Pepperdine at the Indoors

The ninth-seeded Pepperdine men's team opened play at the USTA/ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships at the Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago, Ill with a 4-2 victory over eighth-seeded Notre Dame. Down 2-1, Pepperdine received three straight singles victories with freshman Mahmoud Kamel clinching the match. In a rematch of last season's title match of the ITA Indoors and NCAA Championships, Pepperdine fell to top-seeded and No. 1 Georgia, 4-0, in the quarterfinals. In the final round of consolation play, fifth-seeded Mississippi edged the Waves, 4-2.

About the Cavaliers

Third-ranked Virginia holds an 8-1 record after placing third at the National Team Indoors Championships last weekend. The Cavaliers defeated No. 16 Texas and No. 4 Mississippi before falling to Georgia, 4-2, in the semifinals. Junior Somdev Devvarman is ranked No. 4 in singles, while Treat Huey is ranked in the Top 25. The two pair up for a No. 4 doubles ranking, while Huey and Lee Singer check in at No. 38 in doubles. Last year, Virginia visited the Waves in Malibu and were handed a 4-3 defeat with recent graduate Pedro Rico clinching the match with a win over Devvarman at No. 2 singles.

About the Demon Deacons

No. 28 Wake Forest is 8-1 on the season and hosts Louisville on Saturday before facing the Waves on Sunday. The Demon Deacons' only loss came at the hands of VCU, which edged Wake, 4-3, earlier this month. Wake Forest boasts the top-ranked singles player in the country with Todd Paul earning the No. 1 ranking in the most recent ITA/Fila Rankings. The Waves and the Demon Deacons have only met once with Pepperdine winning 6-1 last year in Malibu.

Last Time...

Pepperdine went 1-2 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships last week in Chicago posting a first-round victory over No. 8 Notre Dame.

Next Up...

Pepperdine continues action on the road, but returns to the West Coast with a match against local rival UCLA on Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m.