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WCC Men's Tennis Notes

April 21, 2010

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WCC MEN'S TENNIS REGULAR SEASON IN FULL SWING

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - All eight men's tennis teams have closed out the 2009-10 regular season and look forward to competing at this year's WCC Championships for a shot to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

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 host all WCC men's and women's teams and will take place on April 23-25. The winner of the tournament will earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which will be hosted this year by the University of Georgia.

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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 closed out its regular season with two wins and one loss, bringing the team's overall record to 7-12. The Bulldogs blanked Lewis-Clark State 7-0 and defeated Seattle 5-2, then suffered a 5-2 loss to Idaho.

  • The Bulldogs picked up the win over Seattle by taking five of the six singles matches. SR Roman Dojcak led the way with a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 1, tallying his team-best 11th win of the season.

  • The men's team closed out its regular season with a 5-2 loss to Idaho, finding its two points at the No. 3 and 5 singles positions. FR Levin Guillermo took an impressive 6-2, 6-3 win in the No. 3 slot for his ninth win of the season and SO Scott Sullivan won his No. 5 singles match in three sets.

  • Gonzaga looks to improve on its seventh place finish at last year's WCC Championships at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego (4/23-4/25).
  • Loyola Marymount wrapped up regular season play and senior day with a 4-3 win over No. 51 UC Irvine. The Lions finish the season with a 9-11 overall record.

  • The Lions dropped the doubles decision but edged UC Irvine with wins at the No. 1, 5, and 6 singles spots and a crucial comeback win from SO Otto Sauer at No. 2. Sauer had a tight match with his opponent, going to three sets and eventually pulling out a 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 win.

  • After JR Ivan Lopez and partner Sauer secured a doubles win, Lopez defeated Sam Gould of UC Irvine 6-3, 6-1. Lopez now is 13-7 on the season in singles play going into the WCC tournament.

  • The Lions will compete next at the WCC Championships (4/23-4/25). They finished in sixth place last year.
  • Pepperdine closed out its regular season with a conference match versus Saint Mary's. The Waves swept the Gaels 7-0, ending the season on a three-match win streak and bringing their overall record to 13-10 and 2-0 in conference play.

  • Pepperdine lost only two of 15 sets in recording its fourth shutout of the season. The No. 1 doubles pair lost 8-1, but the Waves secured all the remaining matches.

  • No. 32-ranked SR Bassam Beidas, who was playing his final home match today, finished the regular season with an overall record of 27-10 and 12-9 at No. 1 singles. He has won his last six matches and is 8-2 over his last 10 individual contests.

  • Pepperdine is expected to take home its 41st WCC title in school history. The Waves were chosen to finish first at this year's WCC Championships in the preseason poll, as voted on by the WCC head coaches.
  • Two out of Portland's three scheduled matches were cancelled due to rain. The Pilots were able to play their regular season closer and swept Idaho State 7-0, bringing their record to 9-8 overall.

  • The 73rd-ranked doubles duo of seniors Filip Zivkovic and Evan Schleining posted an 8-4 victory at the No. 1 spot to lead the Pilots to claim the doubles point.

  • The Pilots won all the singles matches down the line with JR Daniel Coelho facing the toughest competition at the No. 3 singles spot as Idaho State's Dakota Pate forced him to a 10-point tiebreaker. Coelho eventually outlasted his opponent 2-6, 6-0, 10-6.

  • The Pilots will travel to the WCC Championships and look to improve on last year's fourth place finish.
  • Saint Mary's closed out its regular season with two conference losses to Pepperdine (7-0) and Santa Clara (6-1). The Gaels end the season with a 1-5 record in WCC play and 5-15 record overall.

  • The Gaels struggled to find a point against the Waves. The closest matches came at the second half of the ladder with No. 4 singles player SO Gavin Leon dropping his match 6-3, 6-2, and No. 5 FR Michael Carreno taking his first set to a tiebreaker. SO Steven Dawson-Roberts also had a close one, losing his match 6-2, 7-5 at the No. 6 slot.

  • SO Sherif Hamdy earned Saint Mary's lone point of the day against Santa Clara, defeating Jay Wong 6-3, 7-5 at the No. 3 position.

  • The Gaels will head down to Southern California for the WCC Championships (4/23-4/25), in hopes of improving on the team's fifth place finish last season.
  • San Diego split this past weekend, bringing the team's record to 10-8 overall. The Toreros could not hold off No. 29 Fresno State, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Bulldogs, but came back to defeat Sacramento State 4-2.

  • Due to expected inclement weather, the singles matches were played first against Sacramento State and once the Toreros clinched the win, it was decided to not play the doubles matches.

  • No. 99-ranked SO Nikola Bubnic won both his singles matches and now stands at an overall record of 15-3, leading the team in singles wins, slotting primarily at the No. 2 position. Bubnic has enjoyed a five match win streak this season and been ranked as high as No. 82 in singles.

  • The Toreros' make-up match against UCLA (4/20) was again cancelled due to inclement weather. The team now heads to the WCC Championships, where they look to take this year's title after finishing as the 2009 WCC Championships runner-up last year.
  • San Francisco ended its season with three tough losses that brought the team's overall record to 11-7. The Dons lost to No. 7-ranked Stanford 7-0 and were edged 4-3 by Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara.

  • Against the Cardinal, every singles match completed was close, but the Dons fell in straight sets at all six spots. SR Asaf Cohen nearly took the first set at No. 3 but dropped a 7-6 (1), 6-2 decision. After dropping the doubles point to Cal Poly, San Francisco won the No. 1, 3, and 5 singles matches but were unable to grab a fourth for the victory.

  • San Francisco jumped out early, taking a 1-0 lead with the doubles point against UCSB. In singles action, Tu continued his winning ways with another victory at No. 1 spot. FR William Schumacher tallied the other point for the Dons.

  • The Dons look to improve on their third place finish at last year's WCC Championships.
  • Santa Clara ended its regular season on a high note with a 4-3 victory over Sacramento State and a 6-1 win over Saint Mary's. The Broncos went 16-6 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

  • Santa Clara snapped Sacramento State's 29-home match winning streak by winning the doubles point and No. 3 through 6 singles matches. FR Tom Pham clinched the match for the Broncos, winning 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 5 slot.

  • Santa Clara won the second and third doubles matches to earn the doubles point against Saint Mary's. The Broncos then won five of the six singles matches in straight sets.

  • Santa Clara finished eighth at last year's Championships. This year, the team enters the tournament as the second highest ITA ranked team in the WCC.
  • AROUND THE WCC

    WCC CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURNS TO 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 host all WCC men's and women's teams and will take place on April 23-25. The winner of the tournament will earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which will be hosted this year by the University of Georgia.

    For information surrounding the WCC Championships, including the weekend's match schedules, tournament seeding and brackets, and directions to the tournament site, go to the WCC Tournament Central page . You can also find a PDF version of the tournament program on the WCC men's tennis page on WCCsports.com.

    WCC MEN'S TENNIS IN THE ITA RANKINGS
    Five of the eight teams are currently at a .500 mark or better, while three teams are ranked in the latest ITA national rankings. Pepperdine is currently ranked No. 22, Santa Clara No. 55 and San Diego No. 58.

    Pepperdine's Bassam Beidas and Sebastian Fanselow are both ranked on the national list in singles at No. 30 and 65, respectively. Beidas is 12-9 at the No. 1 spot for the Waves, while Fanselow is 10-3 at the No. 2 spot. San Diego's Nikola Bubnic joins the two, ranked No. 94 by the ITA after tallying a 15-3 overall record for the Toreros.

    On the doubles side, Beidas and Alex Llompart are 9-4 for the Waves, earning the pair a No. 24 rankings in doubles. The Waves have two more pairs to join them, while Portland's Evan Schleining and Filip Zivkovic hang in at the No. 73 slot.

    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.

    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.