March 13, 2014
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference announces its men’s tennis weekly honors for singles and doubles competition for March 13, 2014.
MEN’S TENNIS SINGLES PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALEX SARKISSIAN, SR., PEPPERDINE
Senior Alex Sarkissian continued his winning ways last week in duals vs. No. 5 USC and No. 51 TCU. Although the Waves fell in both contests (5-2 vs. USC; 4-2 vs. TCU), Sarkissian did his part and earned singles victories in both duals. He opened the week with his second win over a top-10 ranked opponent of the 2014 dual season.
After narrowly dropping the first set to #10 Yannick Hanfmann, 4-6, Sarkissian rallied to win the second frame 6-3 to send the match to a third set tiebreaker. The senior Wave owned the 10-point tiebreaker, jumping out to a 6-2 lead and closing out the match with four unanswered points to win 10-2. The next day versus the Horned Frogs, Sarkissian earned his team-best ninth win of the dual season. Sarkissian is 9-2 in duals, all while playing No. 1, and a team-best 17-7 overall in 2013-14.
Also Nominated: Daniel Alameh, Pacific; Clarke Spinosa, San Diego
WCC Men’s Tennis Singles Player of the Week
Feb. 11: Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine
Feb. 18: James Tallman, San Francisco
Feb. 25: Ilya Osintsev, Santa Clara
March 4: Francis Sargeant, BYU
March 13: Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine
MEN’S TENNIS DOUBLES TEAM OF THE WEEK
CIARAN FITZGERALD, JR./ANDREW RAPHAELSON, JR., SAN DIEGO
Juniors Ciaran Fitzgerald and Andrew Raphaelson improved to a perfect 6-0 in regular season play with their sixth consecutive win against Rice. This week, Fitzgerald and Raphaelson cruised past Rice's Max Andrews and Adam Gustafsson 8-3 leading the Toreros to winning their sixth doubles point in a row. Five out of their six doubles opponents have been apart of top ranked teams: #12 Pepperdine, #33 Alabama, #75 UC Irvine, #56 South Florida, and #31 South Carolina.
Also Nominated: Daniel Alameh/Marlon Brand, Pacific
WCC Men’s Tennis Doubles Team of the Week
Feb. 11: Francis Alcantara/Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine
Feb. 18: Ratan Gill/Alex Ferrero, Portland
Feb. 25: Francis Alcantara/Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine
March 4: John Lamble/Ilya Osintsev, Santa Clara
March 13: Ciaran Fitzgerald/Andrew Raphaelson, San Diego