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No. 2 Men's Tennis Hosts No. 68 Hawaii on Wednesday

April 4, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

This Week: The nationally-ranked Pepperdine men's tennis team hosts nationally-ranked Hawai'i on Wednesday, April 5 at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

Pepperdine remains nationally-ranked at No. 2 for the seventh consecutive week, while Hawai'i is ranked at No. 68.

The Waves are 21-1 on the season while Harvard enters the match with a 4-8 record. The Rainbow Warriors are 9-4 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 returned home to kick off April with wins over No. 75 Harvard and Santa Clara.

Harvard Recap:Pepperdine men's tennis defeated No. 75 Harvard 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif.

Harvard picked up the first win on court two in doubles as Scott Denenberg and Gideon Valkin upset No. 28 Ivor Lovrak and Pedro Rico 8-4. Richard Johnson and Omar Altmann defeated Shantanu Dhaka and Dan Nguyen 8-6 at No. 3, which left the doubles point up for grabs. No. 38 Ashwin Kumar and Sasha Ermakov forced Scott Doerner and Andre Begemann to a tiebreaker, but the No. 1 nationally-ranked pair was too much for the Crimson duo to handle as the Waves won 9-8 (7) to clinch the point.

In singles, No. 4 Doerner easily put away Brandon Chiu 6-1, 6-2 at position one, while Altmann defeated Valkin 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5, putting the Waves up 3-0. Begemann clinched the match when he defeated Ermakov 6-3, 6-1.

Harvard picked up wins at positions two, four and six to give it three points in the match.

Santa Clara Recap: After a sweep of the doubles, the No. 2 Pepperdine men's tennis team defeated Santa Clara 6-1 in a West Coast Conference match on Sunday afternoon at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif.

The No. 1 nationally-ranked duo of Scott Doerner and Andre Begemann defeated Kevin McQuaid and Blane Shields 8-2, while Pedro Rico teamed up with Kevin Borzenski to put away Jan Macek and Bobby Rasmussen 8-4 on court two. Richard Johnson and Omar Altmann picked up their second win of the weekend with an 8-2 victory over Brian Brogan and Tommy Hicks.

At the No. 1 singles position, No. 4 Doerner easily defeated Macek 6-2, 6-0, while No. 19 Rico beat Brian Brogan 6-2, 6-3. Begemann won his sixth consecutive match with a 6-1, 7-6 win over McQuaid and at No. 4, Johnson put away Rasmussen in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Hicks forced Altmann to a third set, but the Wave bounced back to record his ninth straight victory with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 win.

The Broncos lone point came at court six where AJ Kerin defeated Borzenski in three sets.

About Hawaii: Hawaii enters the match with a 9-4 record and a national ranking of 68. The Rainbow Warriors have recorded six consecutive wins including a 4-3 victory over BYU. Leading Hawaii is newcomer Sascha Heinemann who is 11-2 playing at No. 1. Head Coach John Nelson is in the midst of his first season with Hawaii.

Series Versus Hawaii: Pepperdine leads the all-time series 1-0. The Waves faced the Rainbow Warriors in 2003 and defeated Hawaii 6-1 at home.

Looking Ahead: Pepperdine travels 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 NationFor three 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 22-1 overall and 10-0 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 13 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. 52 and hold a current record of 13-4 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 10-5 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 remains in the Top 10 at No. 6, while Rico follows at No. 25. Lovrak moved up the rankings, checking in at No. 54. Doerner is 17-4 playing at No, 1, while Rico is 16-3 overall, going 15-3 at position two. Lovrak dominates at No. 3 with a 16-0 record, including three wins against nationally-ranked opponents. Junior Richard Johnson is 13-8 overall, going 6-1 at No. 3, while newcomers Andre Begemann and Omar Altmann are 15-5 and 17-3, 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 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 ten 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 17-0 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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