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LMU's Nicholas Bjerke Named WCC Player of the Month

March 9, 2012

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- As announced on Friday, March 9 by the West Coast Conference, the WCC is pleased to recognize its February Men's Tennis Players of the Month.

MEN'S TENNIS SINGLES PLAYER OF THE MONTH
NICHOLAS BJERKE, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT

Junior Nicholas Bjerke went 5-0 for the Lions at the No. 2 singles position during the month of February, defeating New Mexico State, #54 UNLV, UC Davis, Pacific and UC Riverside. In the win over No. 54 UNLV, Bjerke defeated Tamas Batyl by a score of 6-1, 6-3 and won all the rest of his matches during the month (with the exception of one) in straight sets. His only three-setter came against University of Pacific's Tomasz Krzyszkowski in a come-from-behind 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory.

Also nominated: Patrick Kawka, BYU; Zhia Hwa Chong, GON; Finn Tearney, PEP; Thibaut Visy, USD

2012 MEN'S TENNIS SINGLES PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
February: Nicholas Bjerke, LMU

MEN'S TENNIS DOUBLES TEAM OF THE MONTH
ALEX LLOMPART/FINN TEARNEY, PEPPERDINE

Alex Llompart and Finn Tearney jumped from #53 to #4 in the latest installment of the ITA Collegiate Doubles Rankings. The Wave duo tallied five wins during the month of February, three of which were against teams ranked in the top-10. To open the month, Llompart and Tearney issued Blaz Rola and Chase Buchanan of Ohio State their first loss of the season. Rola and Buchanan were recognized as the #1 doubles team in the NCAA at the time of competition, and despite the loss, remains on top of the polls. Llompart and Tearney went on to defeat #9-ranked Nassim Slilam and Billy Federhofer of Florida and #3-ranked Ashley Watling and Clifford Marsland of Tulsa to clinch the doubles point and help send the Waves to a 4-3 triumph versus the Golden Hurricane.

Also nominated: Patrick Kawka/Georgy Batrakov, BYU; Alvaro Naza/Muzeen Ismath, Gonzaga; Patrick Pohlmann/Ciaran Fitzgerald, San Diego

2012 MEN'S TENNIS DOUBLES TEAMS OF THE MONTH
February: Alex Llompart/Finn Tearney, PEP