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No. 2 Men's Tennis Hosts Pacific and Princeton on Saturday

March 17, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

This Week: The nationally-ranked Pepperdine men's tennis team kicks off a doubleheader on Saturday, March 18, when the Waves face the Pacific Tigers at 10 a.m. and the Princeton Tigers at 2:30 p.m. The Waves enter the match with a 16-1 record, while Pacific stands at 9-3 on the season and Princeton is 4-4. The Pacific Tigers face Bradley on Thursday before playing Pepperdine.

Pepperdine remains nationally-ranked at No. 2 for the fourth consecutive week. Pacific was ranked at No. 63, but dropped out of the rankings this week after losing to Washington.

The Waves kicked off March with three straight wins over No. 36 Michigan, No. 33 Wake Forest and No. 7 Baylor.

Baylor Recap: The No. 2 tennis team handed No. 7 Baylor a 4-3 defeat on Monday afternoon at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif. Baylor Recap Cont'dPepperdine clinched the doubles point after winning at courts one and three. Richard Johnson and Omar Altmann came from behind to defeat Will Ward and Matt Brown 8-6 at No. 3, while No. 1 Scott Doerner and Andre Begemann defeated No. 19 Jon Reckewey and Matija Zgaga 8-6 to put the Waves up 1-0.

In singles, No. 17 Scott Doerner easily defeated No. 5 Lars Poerschke 6-0, 6-1 at court one. Altmann followed with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Reckewey at No. 6 to boost the Waves' lead to 3-0. The Bears began to fight back winning at courts four and five. No. 48 Zgaga forced No. 20 Pedro Rico to a third set and defeated the Wave 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. No. 62 Ivor Lovrak clinched the match at court three as he defeated Ward 7-6 (3) 2-6, 6-1 to remain undefeated in singles with a 13-0 record.

About Pacific: The Tigers are 9-3 on the season and face Bradley on Thursday before taking on Pepperdine. Pacific won five in a row before Washington snapped its win streak on March 3. The Tigers are coming off of a 4-3 win over Memphis. No. 69 senior Arnar Sigurdsson leads the Tigers in singles as he captured his second straight Big West Player of the Week award. Guido Baumann is in his ninth season with Pacific and has a current record of 114-81 career record.

Series Versus Pacific: Pepperdine leads the all-time series 5-0. The Waves met the Tigers in 2003, when Pepperdine recorded the 5-2 victory at home.

About Princeton: The Tigers are 4-4 on the season, dropping their first four matches and winning their last four matches. Princeton has lost against UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, Fresno State and Santa Clara and recorded wins over St. John's, Saint Joe's, Stony Brook and most recently edged Army 4-3. Glenn Michibata is in his sixth season with the Tigers.

Series Versus Princeton: The Waves dominate the all-time series, leading 12-0 over Princeton. In 2004, Pepperdine defeated Princeton 7-0 on Wave territory.

Looking Ahead: The Waves conclude their six-match home stand on Wednesday, March 22 when they face No. 24 Washington. Pepperdine then travels to Fort Worth, Texas where it faces No. 27 TCU on Saturday, March 25 and No. 28 California on Sunday, March 26.

No. 1 Doubles Team in the Nation: In the most recent Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings, Pepperdine topped the doubles list with the No. 1 duo of senior Scott Doerner and sophomore Andre Begemann. The pair is 15-1 overall and 6-0 against nationally ranked doubles teams. The Wave duo's only loss came at the hands of UCLA's Benjamin Kohlloeffel and Philipp Gruendler. Since then, they have recorded six consecutive wins. The top ranking marks the first time a doubles team has earned the top spot in Adam Steinberg's 13 years as a head coach. Seniors Ivor Lovrak and Pedro Rico are also ranked at No. 35 and hold a current record of 8-3 at position two and 1-0 playing at the No. 1 position. The pair posted a win over Wake Forest's No. 46 team of Todd Paul and Andrew Hamar. The doubles team of Richard Johnson and Omar Altmann are 5-2 playing at the No. 3 position, including three significant wins against UCLA, Florida State, Mississippi and Baylor.

Successful Singles: The Waves boast three nationally-ranked players in singles. Leading the Waves is Doerner, who tops the list at No. 17, while Rico follows at No. 20. Lovrak checks in at No. 62. Doerner is 11-3 playing at No, 1, while Rico is 10-1 overall, going 9-1 at position two. Lovrak dominates at No. 3 with a 13-0 record, including three wins against nationally-ranked opponents. Junior Richard Johnson is 10-4 overall, going 5-0 at No. 3, while newcomers Andre Begemann and Omar Altmann are 9-4 and 10-3, respectively.

Waves Against Ranked Opponents: In both singles and doubles, the Waves are putting up impressive numbers when competing against nationally-ranked opponents. In singles, Pepperdine has a combined total of 13-10 versus nationally ranked opponents and a combined total of 6-1 in doubles. Rico is 5-2 posting a win over then-No. 10 Somdev Devvarmann of Virginia, which clinched the match for the Waves. During the ITA National Indoors, the senior also had wins over Mississippi's Eric Claesson (No. 22) and Duke's Jonathan Stokke (No. 20). Lovrak clinched the match for Pepperdine when he defeated UCLA's No. 75 Mathieu Dehaine in the tiebreaker. Doerner posted victories over No. 13 Luke Sheilds of Boise State, Wake Forest's No. 10 Todd Paul and most recently Baylor's No. 5 Lars Poerschke.

It's no surprise that Doerner and Begemann are ranked at No. 1 after defeating six of the nations top doubles teams. The pair kicked off the season with a win over then-No. 19 Rylan Rizza and Darrin Cohen of Virginia and during the ITA National Indoors, the team defeated a Top 10 doubles teams in Duke and the No. 40 team of Mississippi. The pair defeated Michigan's No. 9 team of Matko Maravic and Brian Hung and most recently topped Baylor's No. 19 duo of Jon Reckewey and Matija Zgaga.

Head Coach Adam Steinberg: The 2006 season marks Adam Steinberg's fourth as the head of the Pepperdine men's tennis program. Following success in the Big East and the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Steinberg took the reigns of the West Coast Conference's (WCC) top men's tennis institution in June 2002.

Steinberg has coached the Waves to three consecutive WCC Championships and a 60-23 record in his first three years in Malibu. In addition to local dominance, the Waves have garnered national attention under Steinberg. In 2002 Steinberg produced two All-Americans in Diego Acuna and Calle Hansen, and in 2003 sophomore Pedro Rico tabbed the honor. In 2005, Rico and Scott Doerner earned the honors.

The native New Yorker and Penn State graduate has taken the Waves to three straight NCAA Championship appearances, including a trip to the quarterfinals in 2005.

"Pepperdine is highly regarded in the world of men's collegiate tennis. The University is well-respected for its unique combination of outstanding academics and its established tennis tradition," says Steinberg. Steinberg has held that tradition true over his first three years and continues to prove himself as one of the top coaches in the country.

Waves At Home: In the midst of the 2006 season, the Waves boast an 12-0 record when playing at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center on Pepperdine's campus. Beginning the season in victorious fashion, Pepperdine defeated then-No. 1 Virginia, 4-3, in its season opener. The Waves have also recorded big wins over No. 36 Michigan, No. 33 Wake Forest and No. 7 Baylor. Pepperdine has not lost on its home court since 2004, when the Waves were defeated by USC.

Waves On The Road: On the road, Pepperdine defeated UCLA 4-3 on February 10 handing the Bruins their first loss of the season and snapped UCLA's 28-match home winning streak, which dates back to March 10, 2004. Playing on neutral territory in Seattle, Wash. at the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships, Pepperdine defeated Florida State in the first round, Mississippi in the quarterfinals and Duke in the semifinals to send the Waves to the final match for the first time since 1986. Pepperdine suffered its first loss of the season when No. 2 Georgia handed the Waves a 4-0 defeat.

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