April 8, 2014
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference announces its men’s tennis weekly honors for singles and doubles competition for April 8, 2014.
MEN’S TENNIS SINGLES PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SEM VERBEEK, SO., PACIFIC
Sophomore Sem Verbeek turned in a strong week for Pacific at No. 1 singles. The native of Amsterdam won both of his singles matches last week – including a three set win over Joakim Norstrom – to help pick up an important 5-2 road win at West Coast Conference Bay Area rival Saint Mary's. He also defeated Steve Young of Air Force in a match won by the Tigers 7-0.
Also Nominated: Cristobal Rivera, Loyola Marymount; Bernardo Saraiva, San Francisco; Rakshay Thakkar, Pepperdine
WCC Men’s Tennis Singles Player of the Week
Feb. 11: Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine
Feb. 18: James Tallman, San Francisco
Feb. 25: Ilya Osintsev, Santa Clara
March 4: Francis Sargeant, BYU
March 13: Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine
March 19: Ilya Osintsev, Santa Clara
March 26: Francis Alcantara, Pepperdine
April 1: Michel Hu Kwo, Portland
April 8: Sem Verbeek, Pacific
MEN’S TENNIS DOUBLES TEAM OF THE WEEK
ALEX SARKISSIAN/FRANCIS ALCANTARA, PEPPERDINE
Seniors Alex Sarkissian and Francis Alcantara capped off their final two matches at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center with two doubles wins, and in doing so, helped the Waves to victories over Gonzaga and Portland. On Friday, No. 10-ranked Sarkissian and Alcantara held off an upset bid by Jack Schoebel and Muzeen Ismath to emerge with the 8-6 victory and secure the doubles point for Pepperdine.
The Waves celebrated Senior Day on Saturday, honoring Sarkissian, Alcantara and David Sofaer. Sarkissian and Alcantara made the most of their final match together at home, downing Alex Ferrero and Ratan Gill 8-3 to clinch the doubles point for the second day in a row. Both Sarkissian and Alcantara went on to win in singles in both matches last week. The duo went an impressive 11-2 at home this season in doubles, and enter this week with a 16-4 dual season record.
With the selection, Sarkissian and Alcantara collect their fifth WCC weekly doubles honor of the season.
Also Nominated: Denis Stolyarov/Sem Verbeek, Pacific; Todd Volmari/Sebastian Bustamante, Loyola Marymount
WCC Men’s Tennis Doubles Team of the Week
Feb. 11: Francis Alcantara/Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine
Feb. 18: Ratan Gill/Alex Ferrero, Portland
Feb. 25: Francis Alcantara/Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine
March 4: John Lamble/Ilya Osintsev, Santa Clara
March 13: Ciaran Fitzgerald/Andrew Raphaelson, San Diego
March 19: Francis Alcantara/Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine
March 26: Francis Alcantara/Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine
April 1: Todd Volmari/Sebastian Bustamante, Loyola Marymount
April 8: Francis Alcantara/Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine