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WCC Men's Tennis Notes, Mar. 9, 2011

March 9, 2011

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WCC MEN'S TENNIS NOTES

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Six of the eight WCC men's tennis teams are currently enjoying winning seasons, while Pepperdine, Portland and San Diego are riding at least a five-match winning streak. Pepperdine, San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Clara have earned spots in the ITA National Rankings after tallying some significant non-conference wins. Pepperdine (No. 13) and San Diego (No. 20) boast Top 20 rankings.

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SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 4-8
WCC Record: 0-1
  • Gonzaga is currently 4-8 on the season after picking up two wins andone loss in the last week. The Bulldogs defeated Montana State, 4-3, andOccidental, 9-0. The loss came to the College of Charleston, 6-1.

  • The Zags cruised through all three doubles matches and all singles matches for the first timethis season against Occidental. The Bulldogs' No. 3 doubles team of senior Kevin Eischen andsophomore Levin Guillermo posted the most dominating performance with an 8-0 victory overRodrigo Bandeira and Kevin Siebs.

  • Juniors Jake Davis and Scott Sullivan each earned their sixth win of the season posting victoriesat the Nos. 4 and 6 singles, respectively, while freshman Muzeen Ismath earned his fourthat the No. 5 spot.

  • The Bulldogs will remain in Southern California and take on UC Riverside on Thursday at 2 p.m.

Overall Record: 5-7
WCC Record: 1-4
  • Loyola Marymount split its matches in Honolulu with a 7-0 loss to Hawai'iand a 5-2 win over Hawaii-Pacific. The Lions also picked up a 5-2 winover College of Charleston.

  • The win over Hawaii-Pacific snapped a seven-match losing streak for the Lions. The Lionssecured the doubles point with wins on courts one and three to gain an early lead and thenearned four more singles wins to get the overall victory. Freshman Tom Price earned the finalpoint defeating Matiss Libetis 6-1, 7-6 at the No. 6 spot.

  • The Lions tallied five singles wins to secure the victory on their home court against Collegeof Charleston. Freshman Alex Wilton defeated Mickael Boyer on court five 6-4, 6-3 to give theLions their fourth point on the day and secure the win.

  • The Lions will host conference foe Gonzaga on Friday at 1:30 p.m.#13 Pepperdine Waves

Overall Record: 10-2
WCC Record: 2-0
  • Pepperdine is currently on a five-match win streak after defeating Alabama,Notre Dame and Auburn, all by a score of 4-0, and won the team title at the Blue GrayNational Tennis Classic. Sophomore Sebastian Fanselow was named the tournament's MVPand is the second Wave to earn the honor in the event's 60-year history.

  • The No. 13-ranked Pepperdine men's tennis team opened this week's three-match homestand with a 6-1 victory over Hawai'i. After winning the doubles point, sophomore MoushegHovhannisyan put up the first singles win of the day, sprinting to a 6-1, 6-2 victory to put theWaves up 2-0. The win was the sixth-straight for the sophomore.

  • Fanselow secured the final point against Hawai'i with a 6-4, 6-1 win at the No. 2 spot.

  • The Waves continue this week's home action with a Friday dual versus #4 Duke. First serveis scheduled for 1 p.m.

Overall Record: 7-1
WCC Record: 1-0
  • Portland competed in just one match in the last couple weeks. The Pilotsblanked Northern Colorado, 7-0, making it five straight wins this season andbringing their overall record to 7-1.

  • Portland began the afternoon with a sweep in doubles over Northern Colorado. The Pilots'No. 1 team of freshman Alex Ferrero and junior Geoff Hernandez and No. 2 team of freshmenMichel Hu Kwo and Justin Guay both earned 8-1 victories.

  • In singles action, Portland won all six matches in straight sets. Ferrero picked up his firstsingles victory since entering the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings at No. 108 byknocking off Ryan Lane, 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 1 spot.

  • Portland will return to the Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center on Friday against Montana.

Overall Record: 6-5
WCC Record: 1-1
  • Saint Mary's went 1-2 in its trip to Seattle and came back to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette, 7-0, at home. The Gaels are led by freshman Joakim Norstrom,who is 8-3 in singles this season playing primarily at the five spot.

  • Saint Mary's carried over momentum from doubles play and used it to dominate Louisiana-Lafayette in singles action. Redshirt sophomore Maxime Olivan topped his opponent on courtone, 6-3, 6-4, while senior Lucas Tirelli earned his seventh win of the season with a 7-5, 6-4 winat the two spot. Junior Gavin Leon rounded out the Gaels on court six, winning 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

  • The Gaels started their Seattle trip with a 5-2 loss to No. 16 Minnesota. The following day,SMC took on Seattle University and defeated the Redhawks 6-1. The Gaels finished up theweekend with a 7-0 loss to a tough 23rd-ranked Huskies team.

  • The Gaels return to action on Sunday against Texas-Arlington at 12 p.m. in Moraga, CA.

Overall Record: 9-2
WCC Record: 1-0
  • The Toreros are currently riding a six-match winning streak in which the Toreroshave won each match by a score of 6-1 or better. The last time San Diegohad a winning streak that long was in 2006 under head coach Tom Hagedorn.

  • The 20th-ranked Toreros defeated then-ranked No. 33 Rice at home last Wednesday, 6-1.Sophomore Thibaut Visy earned the clinching victory at No. 5 for USD, a 6-3, 6-3 win overChristian Saravia. The Toreros' only loss came at No. 6 when Emilio Mora fell to Isamu Tachibana6-4, 4-6, 10-6.

  • WCC February Co-Player of the Month Dean Jackson is now tied for fifth place among SanDiego's career singles wins leaders (87). Jackson began the spring with the ninth-most wins inTorero history (77) and his current .757 career singles winning percentage is seventh all-time.

  • The Toreros are scheduled to take on Boston College on Friday at home at 1:30 p.m.

Overall Record: 5-4
WCC Record: 1-1
  • The University of San Francisco men's tennis team earned a 4-3 victoryover visiting Louisiana Lafayette last Monday at the Olympic Club in SanFrancisco. The Dons fell behind early, but rallied in singles action to takethe victory. USF is currently ranked No. 58 in the national polls.

  • The Dons (5-4) came on strong in singles action after falling behind by dropping No. 6 singles.USF then rallied for straight sets victories at No. 4 by sophomore Richard Bucalem (6-1, 6-3) andNo. 3 by sophomore William Schumacher (6-1, 6-3). Louisiana Lafayette tied the contest with a No.2 victory, but USF rebounded as junior Ola Bakke took a 6-3, 7-6 win at the top spot.

  • San Francisco junior Jacob Hartwig posted a come-from-behind victory at No. 5 to secure thewin for the Dons. Hartwig defeated Pachon 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

  • San Francisco will take the courts again on Thursday as it hosts Penn at the Olympic Club at 11 a.m.

Overall Record: 9-4
WCC Record: 1-1
  • The No. 50-ranked Santa Clara men's tennis team continued its home-courtwinning streak, making it six straight after a 6-1 victory against Ivy League opponent and then-No.71 University of Pennsylvania. Santa Clara has won four-straight overall, following recent winsover UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly and Nevada, and is 9-4 overall.

  • The Broncos swept the board in doubles play and continued that momentum into singles.Juniors Maxime Armengaud and Nicholas Vinel grabbed fast victories over Penn at the No. 2 and4 positions. In No. 3 singles action, freshman John Lamble earned a win, 6-2, 7-6 (2) against,while sophomore Tom Pham and freshman Kyohhei Kamono secured three-set victories at theNo. 5 and 6 spots to round out the scoring.

  • Santa Clara will look to avenge last season's loss to Fresno State as the team will travelsouth to take on the No. 51-ranked Fresno State Bulldogs on Sunday at 12 p.m.


AROUND THE WCC

WCC February Players of the Month

CO-MEN'S TENNIS (SINGLES) - Alex Ferrero, POR & Dean Jackson, USD

Alex Ferrero, Portland, FR
A freshman from Spain, Ferrero is 5-1 in the month of February. Since taking over the No. 1 singlesposition he has defeated then-No. 56 Marius Cirstea of Idaho and suffered his only loss of themonth to then-No. 16 Kiryl Harbatsiuk of Sacramento State. Ferrero entered the ITA Rankingsat No. 108 on Feb. 14, making him the first singles player to be ranked for the Pilots since MattLoucks during the 2005-06 season.

Dean Jackson, San Diego, SR
Jackson went 5-1 in February with his only loss coming to Southern California's Steve Johnson,who was ranked sixth at the time. He won five matches in a row in February and is currently ranked47th in singles. He leads the team with a 21-5 overall singles record and is 8-2 in dual matches.Jackson also moved into fifth-place among USD's all-time career singles winners with his 87thcareer victory.

Also Nominated: Nicholas Bjerke, LMU; Sebastian Fanselow, PEP; Tom Pham, SCU

MEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES) - Alex Llompart/Alejandro Moreno, Pepperdine
The Pepperdine pair went 6-0 in the month of February and boast a 9-1 overall record. Llompartand Moreno topped a ranked doubles team from Notre Dame at the Blue and Gray National TennisClassic and was leading 7-5 versus an Auburn pair during the Blue and Gray finals when the playwas suspended. The pair entered the Campbell/ITA doubles rankings on March 1 in the #68 spot.

Also Nominated: Daniel Simko & Nicholas Bjerke, LMU; Justin Guay & Michel Hukwo, POR; DeanJackson & Patrick Pohlmann, USD

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.