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West Coast Conference Men's Tennis Notes

April 6, 2010

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WCC MEN'S TENNIS REGULAR SEASON IN FULL SWING

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Four WCC men's tennis teams are currently ranked in the national rankings: Pepperdine, San Diego, Santa Clara and San Francisco. In addition, five of the eight WCC teams hold above a .500 mark in regular season play. As a conference, the WCC is currently 56-50 against non-conference opponents, while San Francisco holds the best record in WCC play.

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WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES
  • Gonzaga travelled to Northern California to take on Bay Area schools San Francisco, Saint Mary's and Santa Clara. The Bulldogs went 0-2 on the weekend with their match versus San Francisco cancelled due to rain. The team is currently 5-10 and 0-4 in conference play.

  • Gonzaga dropped its match at Santa Clara 6-0 on Sunday, playing just singles due to the threat of rain later in the afternoon. SO Scott Sullivan split sets but lost in the third set 10-point tiebreaker (5-7, 6-3, 10-6).

  • Sullivan scored the lone point for the Zags in the team's 6-1 loss to conference rival Saint Mary's. Sullivan defeated the Gaels' Yousef El Bouzkouri at the No. 5 spot in straight sets.

  • Gonzaga will stay home this weekend to host Northern Arizona (4/9), Lewis-Clark State (4/10) and Seattle University (4/11).
  • Loyola Marymount went 1-2 in its last three matches with a win over Dartmouth and 7-0 losses to ranked opponents BYU and Pepperdine. The Lions are currently 7-10 on the season.

  • The Lions were swept in all singles and doubles matches against BYU and Pepperdine. The closest matches came at the No. 1 singles spot both days with LMU's JR Ivan Lopez losing in split sets to Pepperdine's Sebastian Fanselow (1-6, 6-2, 6-2) and to BYU's Evan Urbina (4-6, 6-1, 6-2).

  • The men's tennis team claimed the Betty Werner Cup for the second year in a row with its 4-3 win over Dartmouth. The Betty Werner Cup was created in honor of the late LMU Senior Associate Athletics Director who lost her battle with cancer in August 2008.

  • LMU will host UC Riverside (4/6) before heading to UC Santa Barbara (4/11).
  • Pepperdine won 17 of 18 matches played on Thursday to earn 7-0 sweeps over Loyola Marymount and San Diego State in the doubleheader. The two wins plus a 4-3 upset over No. 11 Illinois brought the Waves back above .500 with a 10-9 season record.

  • Against the Lions, the Waves won all three doubles matches, then won five singles matches in straight sets. Playing at No. 1 singles for the first time this season, FR Sebastian Fanselow fought back from a set down to win in three sets to complete the sweep. The only loss on Thursday came in the No. 1 doubles match against San Diego State.

  • Up 3-2 against Illinois, Pepperdine needed one more win to clinch the match. The two remaining matches went to a third set, but it was SR Bassam Beidas who won 7-5 in the third set.

  • Pepperdine takes on No. 9 UCLA (4/7) this week before playing its final three regular season matches of the year at home.
  • Portland defeated Cornell 4-3 for its seventh straight victory before dropping three straight matches at the Boise State Classic over the weekend. The Pilots are now 8-6 on the season.

  • The Pilots closed out the tournament with a 5-2 loss to UC Irvine, after falling 6-0 and 7-0 to Boise State and Cal Poly, respectively. Despite the three team losses, nationally-ranked doubles pair of SR Filip Zivkovic and SR Evan Schleining (No. 47) extended its undefeated streak to 12 consecutive wins.

  • JR Daniel Coelho and FR Jackson Martin led Portland to its win over Cornell on Friday.

  • The Pilots will travel to California to take on non-conference opponents Sacramento State (4/9), Pacific (4/10), and UC Davis (4/11) before ending their season with two matches at home.
  • Saint Mary's competed in two of its three scheduled matches with its match versus Montana cancelled due to rain. The Gaels defeated UC Riverside and conference rival Gonzaga 6-1 in both matches and are now 5-11 overall and 1-3 in WCC play.

  • The Gaels swept doubles play and won all but one singles match for the convincing victory over the Zags. JR Lucas Tirelli won his match at the No. 2 spot (6-0, 6-4) to give the Gaels the 3-0 lead and improve his singles record to 7-3 in his last 10 matches.

  • Saint Mary's came back after 10 days off from match play with a dominating performance against the UC Riverside Highlanders, winning two of the doubles matches to earn the doubles point and five of six singles matches to earn a 6-1 win.

  • The Gaels will host two make-up matches that were postponed earlier in the season due to inclement weathe: Sacramento State (4/8) and Pacific (4/13).
  • San Diego won its lone match of the week against Tulane 5-2. With the win, the Toreros are currently 9-6 on the season.

  • The Toreros got off on the right foot, sweeping the tandem point and earning the early edgeby defeating each Tulane doubles pair by a final score of 8-6.

  • In singles, San Diego went up 3-0 with efficient wins at Court No. 6 and No. 3. JR Abdullah Hashem at the No. 6 spot sailed past his opponent 6-2, 6-0, while FR Thibaut Visy defeated his opponent 6-2, 6-2. JR Dean Jackson wrapped up the Torero triumph at the No. 1 singles spot with a straight set victory. With the win, Jackson moves to an impressive overall mark of 10-1 at the No.1 slot.

  • The Toreros will have a week and a half break before closing out the dual match home slate against cross-town rival San Diego State University (4/7).
  • San Francisco's six-match win streak was snapped by a 4-3 loss to Sacramento State. However, the Dons came back to defeat WCC rival Santa Clara 4-3 to bring their season record to 11-4 and 4-0 in WCC play.

  • The Dons won the doubles match against Sacramento State. Halfway through singles action, San Francisco was up 3-1, but Sacramento State took the last four singles matches for the win. SO Thai Tu was handed his first singles loss in nine matches at the No. 1 spot.

  • San Francisco remained undefeated against WCC foes with a close win over the Broncos. The Dons won the doubles point. Tied at 3-3, FR Mark DeCastro secured the win for the Dons with a 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 5.

  • San Francisco will be back on the road to face Stanford (4/14) and Cal Poly (4/17) to end its regular season.
  • The Santa Clara men's tennis team had a busy stretch, playing five straight matches at home. The Broncos tallied four convincing wins and one close loss, bringing their overall record to 12-5 and 1-1 in conference play.

  • Santa Clara picked up wins against Eastern Washington (7-0), UC Riverside (7-0), Montana (6-1), and conference foe Gonzaga (6-0). The 4-3 loss came to crossbay rival San Francisco.

  • SR Brian Brogan, SR Jay Wong, and SO Nicolas Vinel all went undefeated in singles play during the five-match home stretch. Vinel also went undefeated in doubles competition in the four matches that doubles matches were played.

  • The Broncos will host two more matches on home against Pacific (4/9) and Loyola Marymount (4/10) before going back on the road to take on Stanford (4/13) and Sacramento State (4/15).
  • AROUND THE WCC

    PEPPERDINE SWEEPS PLAYER OF THE MONTH HONORS

    Men's Tennis Singles: Sebastian Fanselow
    Freshman Sebastian Fanselow has made an immediate impact this season for the Waves, especially in March, going 6-2 at the No. 2 singles position, which included a 4-2 record against ranked opponents. Fanselow defeated the No. 12-ranked player from Texas, No. 30-ranked player from Texas A&M, No. 70-ranked player from Duke and No. 121-ranked player from Minnesota. His two losses came against players ranked No. 28 (Baylor) and 36 (Illinois). Fanselow has improved to No. 58 in the latest ITA singles rankings.

    Men's Tennis Doubles: Bassam Beidas & Alex Llompart
    Pepperdine's No. 1 doubles pair went 4-3 in March, including a 3-2 record against ranked opponents. They beat the No. 4-ranked team from Texas, the No. 17-ranked team from Baylor, and the No. 68-ranked team from Illinois. Two of their losses were to teams ranked No. 9 from Texas A&M and No. 37 from Minnesota. The duo has risen to No. 22 in the latest ITA doubles rankings.

    FOUR WCC TEAMS APPEAR IN ITA NATIONAL RANKINGS
    Four WCC men's tennis teams earned a spot in the latest ITA national rankings. Pepperdine, San Diego, Santa Clara, and San Francisco were ranked No. 27, 58. 65, and 67, respectively.

    Pepperdine has been consistently ranked in the top 30 since the beginning of the season, while Santa Clara has been ranked four times this season. San Diego has owned a spot three different times throughout the year, while this week was San Francisco's second appearance in the ITA national rankings.

    WCC CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURNS TO BARNES TENNIS CENTER IN SAN DIEGO
    The 2010 WCC Tennis Championships will be held at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, CA for the second straight year. The event will be a dual event for the WCC men's and women's teams and will take place on April 23-25. Information surrounding the Championships, including match schedules, directions to the tournament site, and fan rates at nearby hotels will be available on the WCC's official website at WCCsports.com.

    RETURNING 2009 ALL-CONFERENCE SINGLES PLAYERS
    The West Coast Conference returns 10 players from its 2009 All-WCC singles team. Below are the players to look out for this season.

    First Team
    Alex Llompart, PEP
    Bassam Beidas, PEP
    Dean Jackson, USD
    Filip Zivkovic, POR

    Second Team
    Andrea Zannoni, SMC
    Charl Wolmarans, USD
    Ivan Lopez, LMU
    Jay Wong, SCU
    Lucas Tirelli, SMC

    Honorable Mention
    Kyle Dandan, SCU

    PEPPERDINE CHOSEN TO WIN 2010 WCC TITLE
    The Pepperdine men's tennis team was picked to win this year's West Coast Conference title in the 2010 preseason poll, as voted on by the head coaches in the conference. 2009 WCC Champion Pepperdine garnered seven first place votes for a total of 49 points in the men's poll.

    2010 WCC Preseason Poll - TEAM
    1. Pepperdine - 49 (7)
    2. San Diego - 41 (1)
    3. San Francisco - 33
    4. Santa Clara - 32
    5. Loyola Marymount - 24
    6. Portland - 21
    7. Saint Mary's - 16
    8. Gonzaga - 8
    (First place votes)

    2010 Preseason All-Conference Singles Selections
    Dean Jackson, USD
    Bassam Beidas, PEP
    Alex Llompart, PEP
    Filip Zivkovic, POR
    Ivan Lopez, LMU
    Nikola Bubnic, USD

    ABOUT THE INTERCOLLEGIATE TENNIS ASSOCIATION (ITA)
    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.