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No. 2 Men's Tennis Hosts No. 75 Harvard and Santa Clara This Weekend

March 31, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

This Week: The nationally-ranked Pepperdine men's tennis team hosts nationally-ranked Harvard on Saturday, April 1 at 1:15 p.m. and Santa Clara in a West Coast Conference (WCC) match on Sunday, April 2 in a 2 p.m. match.

Pepperdine remains nationally-ranked at No. 2 for the sixth consecutive week, while Harvard is ranked at No. 75.

The Waves are 21-1 on the season while Harvard enters the match with a 4-8 record. The Broncos are 9-9 on the season.

After concluding their six-match home stand with a 7-0 sweep over then-No. 28 Washington, the Waves embarked on their second road trip of the season, capturing two wins over then-No. 32 Texas Christian and then-No. 28 Cal in Fort Worth, Texas.

Pepperdine closed out the month of March with an 8-0 record.

TCU Recap: No. 2 Pepperdine swept Texas Christian, 4-0, Saturday evening in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Horned Frogs picked up the first win in doubles on court three as Jacopo Tezza and Kriegler Brink defeated Richard Johnson and Omar Altmann 8-2, but Pepperdine answered back with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 to win the doubles point. The No. 1 Wave duo of Scott Doerner and Andre Begemann handed No. 33 Rafael Abreu and Jordan Freitas an 8-5 defeat, while No. 27 Rico and Lovrak beat Cosmin Cotet and Andrei Mlendea 8-4.

In singles, No. 66 Lovrak defeated Cotet 6-2, 6-1 at court three, which was followed by a win on court one where No. 4 Doerner put away No. 64 Mlendea 6-2, 6-2. No. 19 Rico clinched the match for the Waves as he easily defeated No. 70 Abreu 6-2, 6-2.

California Recap: Picking up its second win of the weekend, No. 2 Pepperdine defeated No. 28 California, 5-2, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Pepperdine received wins on courts one and two to win the doubles point. No. 1 Scott Doerner and Andre Begemann defeated No. 58 Conor Niland and Tyler Browne 8-3, while No. 27 Ivor Lovrak and Pedro Rico handed Lennart Maack and Dean Wallace an 8-4 defeat.

In singles, No. 19 Rico beat No. 122 Browne 6-4, 6-4. Maack forced No. 66 Lovrak to a third set, but the senior recorded the win 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Begemann put away Daniel Sebescan 7-6, 6-2, while Omar Altmann defeated Wallace 6-4, 7-6 on No. 6.

About Harvard: The Crimson is 4-8 on the season with wins over Boston College, Michigan State, Michigan and William and Mary. The No. 38 doubles team of Ashwin Kumar and Sasha Ermakov is 2-3 playing in the No. 1 position. Head Coach David Fish leads Harvard for his 30th season.

Series Versus Harvard: Pepperdine leads the all-time series 10-2. In 2005, the Waves swept the Crimson 7-0 at home.

About Santa Clara: The Broncos enter the match with a 9-9 record and are coming off of a 5-2 loss by UC Santa Barbara. Leading the Broncos at the No. 1 position is junior Jan Macek. Head Coach George Husack is in the midst of his fourth season with Santa Clara.

Series Versus Santa Clara: The Waves have dominated the series, leading 8-0. The Waves swept the Broncos 7-0 during the regular season and captured a 4-0 victory during the semifinals of the WCC Championships.

Looking Ahead: Pepperdine faces Hawaii on Wednesday, April 5 before traveling to San Diego to face the Aztecs of San Diego State on Saturday, April 8. The Waves return home the next day to face Fresno State and then travel to Texas to face Texas on April 14 and Texas A&M on April 15 to conclude their regular season.

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 20-1 overall and 9-0 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 11 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 12-3 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 8-5 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 15-4 playing at No, 1, while Rico is 15-2 overall, going 14-2 at position two. Lovrak dominates at No. 3 with a 16-0 record, including three wins against nationally-ranked opponents. Junior Richard Johnson is 12-7 overall, going 6-1 at No. 3, while newcomers Andre Begemann and Omar Altmann are 13-5 and 15-3, respectively.

Waves Versus 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 18-11 versus nationally ranked opponents and a combined total of 9-1 in doubles. Rico is 6-2 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 nine of the nation's 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, topped Baylor's No. 19 duo of Jon Reckewey and Matija Zgaga and most recently recorded two wins over Top 50 doubles teams in Washington (No. 19) and TCU (No. 33).

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 15-0 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, No. 7 Baylor and most recently No. 28 Washington. 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. The Waves traveled to Texas where they defeated No. 32 TCU and No. 28 Cal.

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