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Waves Capture 16th Consecutive Title

April 23, 2006

Pepperdine - 4
San Diego - 1

Moraga, Calif. - The No. 2 Pepperdine men's tennis team proved its power in the West Coast Conference (WCC) as it claimed its 16th consecutive and 37th overall conference crown after defeating San Diego, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Korth Tennis Complex on Saint Mary's campus in Moraga, Calif. With the win, the Waves earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

Looking to break through after five straight second place finishes, 34th-ranked San Diego entered the match with something to prove, but the Waves confirmed their talent.

Pepperdine picked up the doubles point to kick off the title match. No. 35 Pedro Rico and Ivor Lovrak defeated Jonas Mouly and Mirza Koristovic 8-6 at No. 2 and at No. 3 Richard Johnson and Omar Altmann beat Chris Coetzee and Thomas Liversage 8-3.

In singles, No. 25 Rico handed Oscar Plotnik a 6-3, 6-3 defeat, while senior Kevin Borzenski came out strong with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Koristovic. At No. 4, Johnson went 3-0 in the tournament as he defeated Ryo Sekiguchi 6-3, 6-4 to lift the Waves to the 4-1 victory.

The Toreros received a point at court six where Jonas Mouly defeated Altmann 6-3, 6-4.

The Waves head into the postseason with a 30-2 mark--the best regular-season record in Head Coach Adam Steinberg's career. Pepperdine will await the announcement of its NCAA regional championship schedule. The first two rounds of the national tournament are slated for May 12-14. Selections will be announced on Wednesday, May 3 on ESPNews at approximately 5:30 p.m. (PT).

1. Pierrick Ysern (USD) vs. Scott Doerner (PEP) no result
2. Pedro Rico (PEP) def. Oscar Plotnik (USD) 6-3, 6-3
3. Thomas Liversage (USD) vs. Ivor Lovrak (PEP) no result
4. Kevin Borzenski (PEP) def. Mirza Koristovic (USD) 6-2, 6-3
5. Rich Johnson (PEP) def. Ryo Sekiguchi (USD) 6-3, 6-4
6. Jonas Mouly (USD) def. Omar Altmann (PEP) 6-3, 6-4

1. Pierrick Ysern/Oscar Plotnik (USD) vs. Scott Doerner/Kevin Borzenski (PEP) no result
2. Pedro Rico/Ivor Lovrak (PEP) def. Jonas Mouly/Mirza Koristovic (USD) 8-63. Omar Altmann/Rich Johnson (PEP) def. Thomas Liversage/Chris Coetzee (USD) 8-3

San Francisco - 4
Santa Clara - 1

The USF men's tennis team defeated Bay Area rival Santa Clara 4-1 to take third place at the WCC Championships Sunday afternoon at St. Mary's College. USF won the doubles points and then took the match after singles wins by Matthew Berry, Thong Tu and Fernando Rodriguez.

After Berry and Korbian Kramer won at #1 doubles and Falko Huettenberger and Thong Tu won at number three the Dons had a 1-0 lead heading into doubles.

Berry defeated Jan Macek 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 at number one singles, Tu topped Bobby Rassmussen 6-3, 6-2 at number four and Fernando Rodriguez took Tommy Hicks 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 to clinch the victory.

Singles competition
1. Matthew Berry (USF) def. Jan Macek (SCU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
2. Falko Huettenberger (USF) vs. Brian Brogan (SCU) no result
3. Korbinian Kramer (USF) vs. Kevin McQuaid (SCU) no result
4. Thong Tu (USF) def. Bobby Rasmussen (SCU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Fernando Rodriguez (USF) def. Tommy Hicks (SCU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
6. A.J. Kerin (SCU) def. Greg Horn (USF) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Matt Berry/Korbinian Kramer (USF) def. Kevin McQuaid/Blane Shields (SCU) 8-5
2. Jan Macek/Bobby Rasmussen (SCU) def. Greg Horn/Fernando Rodriguez (USF) 8-1
3. Falko Huettenberger/Thong Tu (USF) def. Brian Brogan/Tommy Hicks (SCU) 8-2

Saint Mary's - 4
Loyola Marymount - 3

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's men's tennis team finished West Coast Conference play with a fifth place finish after beating Loyola Marymount 4-3 in the consolation championship Sunday afternoon on the final day of the WCC tennis championships held at the Korth Tennis Complex.

The No. 5 seeded Gaels won two straight matches to earn the fifth place finish. No. 6 seed Loyola Marymount finished the season in sixth place.

Saint Mary's won the doubles point after wins by the team of Achim Christner and Yury Platonov and Martin Marechal and Alp Ozpinar.

In singles action, Alp Ozpinar won in straight sets and Achim Christner won in three sets. After the Lions tied the match at 3-3, all the attention turned to court three where Adam Fauvre wrapped up a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 victory.

Singles competition
1. Nico Terrien (LMU) def. Martin Marechal (SMC) 6-1, 6-1
2. Mike Wojnarowicz (LMU) def. Julien Tizot (SMC) 6-3, 6-4
3. Adam Fauvre (SMC) def. Reyniere Roxas (LMU) 7-6, 6-3
4. Linas Cicenas (LMU) def. Yury Platonov (SMC) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6
5. Achim Christner (SMC) def. Matt Phillips (LMU) 6-2, 6-7, 6-3
6. Alp Ozpinar (SMC) def. Mike Chan (LMU) 6-2, 7-6

Doubles competition
1. Achim Christner/Yury Platonov (SMC) def. Mike Wojnarowicz/Linas Cicenas (LMU) 8-4
2. Martin Marechal/Alp Ozpinar (SMC) def. Carlos Malet/Matt Phillips (LMU) 9-7
3. Nico Terrien/Mike Chan (LMU) def. Adam Fauvre/Tim Welty (SMC) 8-3

Portland - 4
Gonzaga - 1

MORAGA, Calif. - The University of Portland's men's tennis team was victorious in its final dual of the 2005-06 season, defeating Gonzaga 4-1 on Sunday morning at the West Coast Conference Tennis Championships in Moraga. The win gives the Pilots seventh place in the tournament.

The doubles matches was played first, with the Pilots taking the point after winning two of three doubles matches. With the doubles point decided, the remaining match was pulled off the court. Portland got an 8-3 win from Scott Kennel and James Redpath at the No. 1 position, while Alex Strom (pictured) and Carlos Machado improved to 4-1 with an 8-2 win at No. 3.

In singles, the Pilots got straight-set victories from Matthew Loucks, Joel Kincaid, and Strom to claim the dual. The Pilots' only blemish was in No. 3 singles, where Scott Kennel was defeated 6-3, 7-5 by Gonzaga's Cooper Fratt.

The Pilots end the season with an 11-14 overall record. Gonzaga will finish with a 6-22 mark.

The dual against Gonzaga marked the final match in Portland colors for seniors Matthew Loucks and James Redpath. Loucks finishes the season tied with Strom for the team lead in overall singles wins (15). Redpath finishes just behind Loucks and Strom with 13 wins.

Portland will begin its 2006-07 season next September.

NOTES: Loucks ends his Pilot career having won eight of his past nine singles matches ... Redpath ends the season with a 13-12 singles record and a 13-11 overall doubles mark ... Loucks (15), Strom (15), Redpath (13), Kennel (12), and Kincaid (11) each broke into double figures in overall singles wins this season ... Kennel finishes with the team lead in doubles wins (19), followed by Redpath and Strom (13).