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WCC Men's Tennis Notes, Mar. 22, 2011

March 22, 2011

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Pepperdine has risen in the national rankings to No. 7 in the country after continuing an impressive 14-3 campaign. San Diego follows closely behind, going 14-2 this season and standing at No. 24 in the ITA rankings. Santa Clara and San Francisco round out the WCC in the national list at No. 47 and 64, respectively. Five of the eight schools still hold regular season records above .500, and four weeks remain until the WCC Championships in San Diego.

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Overall Record: 5-9
WCC Record: 0-2
  • Gonzaga (5-9, 0-2 WCC) split its matches during its trip to SouthernCalifornia, picking up a 5-2 win against UC Riverside and falling 5-2 toconference opponent Loyola Marymount.

  • Sophomore Levin Guillermo and junior Jake Davis led the way for the Zags against WCC rivalLoyola Marymount, each posting a win in singles play. Guillermo earned his 11th win of the seasonafter defeating Aris Andreasian 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 1 position. Davis posted a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 victoryover Tyler Gottshall at the No. 6 spot to extend his win streak to three.

  • Junior Zhia Hwa Chong earned his team-leading 14th singles win of the season against UCRiverside, beating his opponent by a score of 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 3 spot.

  • The Bulldogs will return to action at Eastern Washington University on Tuesday, March 29 at3:00 p.m.

Overall Record: 8-7
WCC Record: 2-4
  • Loyola Marymount (8-7, 2-4 WCC) is currently on a five-match winstreak after tallying three more wins over the last two weeks. The Lionsdefeated Gonzaga, 5-2, edged Marist by a score of 4-3, and blanked Lafayette.

  • The Lions swept both doubles and singles play to record a perfect 7-0 win over Lafayette.The final point was secured by freshman Tom Price, who defeated Scott Gelbman 6-3, 6-1 oncourt three. This was Price's fifth straight singles win.

  • In doubles, freshman Daniel Simko and sophomore Nicholas Bjerke are 6-6 on the seasonthus far and 4-1 in conference with wins over Saint Mary's, Santa Clara, San Francisco andGonzaga. Freshman Alex Wilton started off the season with four straight wins and is back ontrack with three straight wins.

  • The Lions will be back in action at top ranked UCLA at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22.

Overall Record: 14-3
WCC Record: 2-0
  • Pepperdine (14-3, 2-0 WCC) continued its busy spring campaign, takingon five matches over the last couple weeks. The Waves have continued their impressive 2011season with wins over Top 30 opponents and going 4-1 over their last five matches.

  • After dropping a tough 4-3 match to UCLA, the Waves bounced back to defeat then-No. 27Louisville, Wisconsin and then-No. 7 Texas A&M. Pepperdine lost a rare doubles point againstLouisville but rebounded in singles to claim the 4-3 win.

  • Against Texas A&M, sophomore Finn Tearney and junior Alex Llompart topped the No. 2nationally-ranked doubles pair to clinch the doubles point. The win over Texas A&M was theWaves' second triumph over a Top 10 opponent, as they beat then-No. 4 Duke earlier this season.

  • The Waves will travel to Seattle to take on Washington on Saturday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m.and will then host four more matches at home to end the regular season.

Overall Record: 8-4
WCC Record: 1-0
  • Portland (8-4, 1-0 WCC) saw its six match win streak come to an end witha 7-0 loss to Oregon, followed by two tough losses to Texas San-Antonioand Dartmouth. The Pilots' matches at Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbarawere both cancelled.

  • Freshman Ratan Gill picked up his team high 19th win of the season as the Pilots dropped a4-3 decision to then-No. 71 Dartmouth. Freshman Alex Ferrero and senior Bryan Thorp talliedthe two other Pilot points in singles play.

  • Freshman Michel Hu Kwo's straight set win over his Texas San-Antonio opponent at No.4singles made him the first Pilot to reach 10 dual victories.

  • Portland will be back on the road for the Boise State Classic in Idaho on March 25-26.

Overall Record: 6-5
WCC Record: 1-1
  • Saint Mary's (6-5, 1-1 WCC) were bogged by poor weather over the lastcouple weeks and were unable to get any of its scheduled matches on court.Its matches in Moraga versus Texas-Arlington, Colgate and Oregon were all cancelled.

  • Previous to the rained out matches, the Gaels went 1-2 in their trip to Seattle and came back todefeat Louisiana-Lafayette, 7-0, at home. The Gaels are led by freshman Joakim Norstrom, who is8-3 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 hope to be back on court against UC Riverside on Tuesday, March 22 at home.

Overall Record: 14-2
WCC Record: 1-0
  • No. 24-ranked San Diego (14-2, 1-0 WCC) continued its win streak with five more wins overthe last couple weeks. The Toreros have won 11 straight matches.

  • The Toreros captured the Hilton Mission Valley Spring Classic Championship with a 6-1 winover then-No. 67 Purdue on the San Diego State University campus. The Toreros wrapped upthe three-day tournament with a perfect 3-0 record with wins over UAB, East Tennessee State(ETSU) and Purdue.

  • Sophomore Thibaut Visy clinched the 4-3 victory over ETSU to advance the Toreros intothe championship match. Visy won at No. 4 singles by a tight score of 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-4. SanDiego's first round match against UAB ended in a 5-2 score. San Diego is currently 2-0 againstUAB in program history.

  • The Toreros return to Hogan Tennis Center for a 1:30 p.m. match with Utah on Friday, March 25.

Overall Record: 6-7
WCC Record: 1-1
  • No. 64-ranked San Francisco (6-7, 1-1 WCC) had a tough couple of weeks, droppingthree matches on the road and picking up a decisive 7-0 win over NorthernColorado on the Dons' home courts. The Dons dropped a close one to CalPoly, 4-2, Idaho, 5-2, and Boise State, 4-2.

  • In singles play, the Dons garnered two victories by sophomore Richard Bucalem and junior JacobHartwig. Bucalem earned a 7-5, 6-1 win at the No. 3 spot, while Hartwig outlasted his opponent atthe No. 4 position by a score of 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-0.

  • Against Boise State, the match was decided in singles action. Bucalem picked up his secondstraight victory, while freshman Germain Bahri added a point for the Dons, coming back from behindfor a 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 6.

  • The Dons will be back in action on Friday, March 25 at San Diego State before hosting Gonzaga.

Overall Record: 9-5
WCC Record: 1-1
  • No. 47-ranked Santa Clara (9-5, 1-1 WCC) had a light two weeks with just two matchesscheduled. The Broncos were only able to play one as their match against Southern Mississippiwas cancelled. The match played resulted in a tough 4-3 loss to Fresno State.

  • The Broncos lost the doubles point in close matches. Juniors Maxime Armengaud and NicholasVinel fell at No. 1 doubles against the Bulldogs' then-No. 33 nationally-ranked doubles pair,8-6. At No. 2 and 3 doubles, the Broncos lost 8-6 and 8-5, respectively.

  • Sophomore Tom Pham is currently on an eight match win streak after taking home the splitset victory at the No. 5 singles spot.

  • The Broncos will host three matches at home during spring break, starting with Washingtonon Tuesday, March 22 at 11:00 a.m.


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.