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Pepperdine Wins WCC Men's Tennis Championship

April 22, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's tennis team won its 17th straight West Coast Conference (WCC) title Sunday with a 4-0 victory over the San Diego Toreros at the USD West Tennis Courts.

Pepperdine has met San Diego in each of the last seven championship matches and is 7-0 in those contests.

In other action, Saint Mary's defeated Santa Clara in the third place match, 4-2, San Francisco downed Portland 4-1 in the fifth place match, and LMU earned a 4-2 win over Gonzaga in the seventh place match.

Omar Altmann and Richard Johnson breezed to an 8-2 victory at the No. 1 position and Bassam Beidas and James Lemke sealed the double's point with an 8-6 victory on court No. 3.

The match was a lot closer than the sweep would indicate.

Lemke pushed the Pepperdine lead to 2-0 with a 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 victory over Jonas Mouly at the No. 3 poition and was the first of three Waves to pull out victories in the third-and-final set.

Johnson upped the lead to 3-0 with a 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3 victory over Charl Wolmarans at the No. 4 position and Beidas sealed the championship when he rallied back after dropping the first set to Chris Coetzee for the 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win.

With the conference title, Pepperdine earns the WCC's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship Tournament beginning May 11.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
No. 1 Pepperdine - 4
No. 3 San Diego - 0

Doubles:
#1 Altmann/Johnson (PEP) def. Coetzee/Liversage (USD) 8-2
#2 Begemann/Kamel (PEP) vs. Mouly/Wolmarans (USD) â013 Did Not Finish
#3 Beidas/Lemke (PEP) def. Ozurovich/Sekiguchi (USD) 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 3

Singles:
#1 Andre Begemann (PEP) vs. Thomas Liversage (USD)- Did Not Finish
#2 Bassam Beidas (PEP) def. Chris Coetzee (USD) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
#3 James Lemke (PEP) def. Jonas Mouly (USD) 6-0, 2-6, 6-2
#4 Richard Johnson (PEP) def. Charl Wolmarans (USD) 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3
#5 Omar Altmann (PEP) vs. Ryo Sekiguchi (USD) â013 Did Not Finish
#6 Mahmoud Kamel (PEP) vs. Matt Ozurovich (USD) â013 Did Not Play
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 2

THIRD PLACE MATCH
No. 5 Saint Mary's - 4
No. 2 Santa Clara - 2

Doubles:
#1 Macek/Rasmussen (SCU) vs. Fauvre/Sion (SMC) â013 Did Not Finish
#2 Gallman/Shields (SCU) def. Kusnierz/Platonov (SMC) 8-6
#3 Brogan/Wong (SCU) def. Ozpinar/Zannoni (SMC) 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2

Singles:
#1 Joel Kusnierz (SMC) def. Jan Macek (SCU) 6-7 (7-3), 6-1, 7-5
#2 Andre Sion (SMC) def. Brian Brogan (SCU) 6-7 (7-2), 7-6 (7-0), 7-5
#3 Achim Christner (SMC) def. Jay Wong (SCU) 6-3, 6-4
#4 Adam Fauvre (SMC) def. Bobby Rasmussen (SCU) 7-6, 6-2
#5 Blane Shields (SCU) def. Yury Platonov (SMC) 7-5, 6-1
#6 Tommy Hicks (SCU) vs. Andrea Zannoni (SMC) â013 Did Not Finish
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 1, 5, 2

FIFTH PLACE MATCH
No. 6 San Francisco - 4
No. 4 Portland - 1

Doubles:
#1 Jager/Zivkovic (POR) def. Berry/Huettenberger (USF) 8-6
#2 Ching/Nachbauer (USF) def. Strom/Yemm (POR) 9-8 (7-4)
#3 Cohen/Rosario (USF) def. Kincaid/Schleining (POR) 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

Singles:
#1 Matthew Berry (USF) def. Filip Zivkovic (POR) 6-3, 6-1
#2 Alex Strom (POR) def. Falko Huettenberger (USF) 6-2, 6-7 (7-3), 6-3
#3 Thong Tu (USF) def. Joel Kincaid (POR) 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-3
#4 Ranier Nachbauer (USF) def. Colby Jager (POR) 6-3, 6-1
#5 Charlie Yemm (POR) vs. Asaf Cohen (USF) â013 Did Not Finish
#6 Scott Kennel (POR) vs. Mitch Del Rosario (USF) â013 Did Not Finish
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 2, 3

SEVENTH PLACE MATCH
No. 7 Loyola Marymount - 4
No. 8 Gonzaga - 2

Doubles:
#1 Radetzky/Womack (GON) vs. Tadevosian/Twarwoski (LMU) Did Not Finish
#2 Perez/Phillips (LMU) def. Cooper/Dojcak (GON) 8-6
#3 Maggi/Terrien (LMU) def. Adams/Pineda (GON) 8-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2

Singles:
#1 Nico Terrien (LMU) def. Bryce Cooper (GON) 6-4, 6-2
#2 Sam Tadevosian (LMU) def. Roman Dojcak (GON) 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)
#3 Jacek Twarwoski (LMU) def. Brett Womack (GON) 6-3, 6-7, 6-3
#4 Marco Pineda (GON) def. Matt Phillips (LMU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
#5 Nikola Petrov (LMU) vs. Zack Radetzky (GON) Did Not Finish
#6 Charles Adams (GON) def. Nick Von Der Ahe (LMU) 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 4, 6, 3