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No. 2 Men's Tennis Travels to San Diego State Saturday; Concludes Home Schedule on Sunday

April 7, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

This Week: The nationally-ranked Pepperdine men's tennis team travels to San Diego to take on nationally-ranked San Diego State on Saturday, April 8 before returning home on Sunday, April 9 to close out its regular season home schedule against nationally-ranked Fresno State in a 1 p.m. match.

Pepperdine remains nationally-ranked at No. 2 for the seventh consecutive week, while the Aztecs of San Diego State are No. 56 and the Bulldogs of Fresno State appear in the Top 50 at No. 44.

The Waves are 24-1 on the season while San Diego State enters the match with a 10-6 record. The Bulldogs (11-5) face Pacific at home before heading to Malibu to face the Waves.

On Sunday, four seniors will be recognized for their stellar careers with the Waves-Kevin Borzenski, Scott Doerner, Ivor Lovrak and Pedro Rico.

Hawaii Recap: The strong winds hitting the Malibu campus were not an issue for the No. 2 Pepperdine men's tennis team as it easily defeated No. 68 Hawaii 6-0 on Wednesday afternoon at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif. With the win, the Waves improved to 24-1 on the season, while the Rainbow Warriors dropped to 9-5 on the season.

Singles were played first due to inclement weather in the forecast. No. 6 senior Scott Doerner beat Sascha Heinemann 6-2, 6-0 on court one, while No. 54 Ivor Lovrak defeated Ryan Sceats 6-1, 6-2, at court three, moving the senior to 17-0 overall. At position four, sophomore Andre Begemann put away Chad Faulk 7-5, 6-1, while junior Richard Johnson handed Jarrod Diepraam a 6-0, 6-3 defeat at No. 5. Freshman Omar Altmann picked up his 10th consecutive win as he defeated Jeff Fitch 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6. Byron Weinberg forced No. 25 Pedro Rico to a third set and just when it looked like Hawaii would get a point on the board, the Wave fought back to defeat Weinberg in the tiebreaker.

About San Diego State: The Aztecs enter the match with a 10-6 record and are ranked 56th in the nation. The team is coming off of a three-match sweep, defeating Utah, Air Force and UNLV in Las Vegas this weekend. In doubles, Markus Dickhardt and Benedikt Stronk check in at No. 21. Head Coach Gene Carswell leads San Diego State for his third season.

Series Versus San Diego State: Pepperdine leads the all-time series 20-2 against the Aztecs. In 2004, the Waves defeated the Aztecs 5-2 at home.

About Fresno State: The Bulldogs face Pacific at home before traveling to Malibu. With an 11-5 record, Fresno State is ranked at No. 44 with junior Jakob Cech leading the team with a national ranking of No. 63. Sergui Modoc and Sam Gibbs team up for a No. 49 doubles ranking. Jay Udwadia is in the midst of his second season with Fresno State.

Series Versus Fresno State: The Waves lead the all-time series 8-2 against the Bulldogs and recorded a 6-1 win at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in 2005.

Looking Ahead: Pepperdine travels to Texas to face the Texas Longhorns on April 14 and Texas A&M on April 15 to conclude their regular season. The Waves then play in the WCC Championships from April 21-23 in Moraga, Calif.

Senior Day: Sunday's match will mark the final home collegiate appearance for four Waves. Kevin Borzenski, Scott Doerner, Ivor Lovrak and Pedro Rico will be recognized for their impressive careers with Pepperdine men's tennis. During their four years, the Waves have compiled an overall record to date of 84-24. The seniors have helped guide Pepperdine to three consecutive WCC Chamionships and led the Waves to the NCAA tournament three times, including a quarterfinal appearance in 2005. This season, the seniors helped Pepperdine reach a No. 2 national ranking.

No. 1 Doubles Team in the Nation: For 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 17-3 overall. Lovrak dominates at No. 3 with a 17-0 record, including three wins against nationally-ranked opponents. Junior Richard Johnson is 14-8 overall, going 6-1 at No. 3, while newcomers Andre Begemann and Omar Altmann are 16-5 and 18-3, 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 18-0 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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