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No. 2 Men's Tennis Hosts No. 28 Washington on Wednesday

March 21, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

This Week: The nationally-ranked Pepperdine men's tennis team concludes its six-match home stand on Wednesday, March 22 when it faces No. 28 Washington at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif. First serve is set for 11:30 a.m.

Pepperdine remains nationally-ranked at No. 2 for the fifth consecutive week, while Washington is ranked at No. 28.

Over the weekend the Waves captured two wins over Pacific and Princeton to boost their record to 18-1. The Huskies are 12-2 and will face Princeton on Tuesday before facing the Waves.

Pacific Recap: In the first of two matches, the No. 2 Pepperdine men's tennis team defeated Pacific 6-1 on Saturday. With the win, the Waves moved to 17-1 on the season, while the Tigers dropped to 10-4 on the season.

Pepperdine captured the doubles point after getting wins at No. 1 and No. 2. The No. 1 Wave duo of Andre Begemann and Scott Doerner defeated Jorgen Vestli and Vladimir Zdravkovic 8-2, while the No. 35 duo of Pedro Rico and Ivor Lovrak handed Arnar Sigurdsson and Tim Koniarski an 8-4 defeat.

In singles, the Waves won five of the six singles matches. No. 17 Doerner defeated No. 69 Sigurdsson 6-2, 6-2, while No. 20 Rico won over Vestli 6-3, 6-3. Begemann defeated Tim Koniarski 7-6, 7-5 on court four and Omar Altmann picked up a win at court five over Mortiz Starke 6-3, 7-6. Oliver Hyams picked up his fourth win of the season as he defeated Alan Kelly in the tiebreaker.

Princeton Recap: After defeating Pacific 6-1 Saturday morning, the No. 2 Pepperdine men's team picked up its second win as it defeated Princeton 6-.1 The Waves moved to 18-1, while the Tigers dropped to 4-5 on the season.

Pepperdine won the doubles point as it swept all three matches. No. 35 Ivor Lovrak and Pedro Rico topped Alex Vuckovic 8-2 and on court three Richard Johnson and Omar Altmann came from behind to defeat Shannon Morales and Darius Craton 8-5. No. 1 Scott Doerner and Andre Begemann picked up their second win of the day defeating Hans Plukas and Andrew Lieu 8-5.

In singles, Doerner, Rico, Begemann and Altmann all went 2-0 on the day. Altmann and Begemann defeated their opponents in the tiebreaker.

About Washington: The Huskies are coming off of a 7-0 win over Gonzaga to capture their fifth straight win. Washington's only two losses came at the ITA National Indoor Championships where it lost to Illinois in the second round and then UCLA in the consolation draw. Leading the Huskies is junior Alex Slovic who tops the rankings at No. 39, while senior Jean-Noel Insausti checks in at No. 57. In doubles, the duo of Slovic and Daniel Chu are ranked at No. 18. Head Coach Matt Anger is in the midst of his 11th season with the Huskies. Last season, he was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

Series Versus Washington: Pepperdine leads the all-time series 3-1. In 2005, the Waves defeated Washington 4-3 on Husky territory. The Waves won the doubles point and three singles matches to clinch the win.

Looking Ahead: Pepperdine takes its first road trip since the ITA National Indoor Championships when it travels to Fort Worth, Texas to face No. 32 TCU on Saturday, March 25 and No. 26 California on Sunday, March 26. The Waves then return home for three-match home stand beginning on Saturday, April 1 when they face No. 74 Harvard.

No. 1 Doubles Team in the Nation: For two consecutive 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 16-1 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. 28 and hold a current record of 9-3 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 7-3 playing at the No. 3 position, including 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 moved up the rankings to No. 4, while Rico follows at No. 19. Lovrak checks in at No. 66. Doerner is 13-3 playing at No, 1, while Rico is 12-2 overall, going 11-2 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 6-1 at No. 3, while newcomers Andre Begemann and Omar Altmann are 13-3 and 11-5, 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 2005 season marks Adam Steinberg's third 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 14-0 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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