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Pepperdine Men's and Women's Tennis Selected For NCAA Tournament

April 30, 2008

MALIBU, Calif. - The NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee announced that Pepperdine University will be one of sixteen first-and second-round sites for the NCAA Division I Men's Championships, to be held Saturday and Sunday, May10-11.

"Of course I'm excited that we're hosting the first two rounds on our home courts," said Pepperdine Head Coach Adam Steinberg. "We have a tough draw. Our first match is against Hawaii, which had a great conference win over Boise State and Fresno State. We'll have to be ready to play."

The No. 13 ranked Waves earned an automatic qualification by winning the WCC league Championship on April 20. It was the 18th straight conference title for the Pepperdine men's tennis team.

On Saturday, May 10, the Waves face Hawaii at 11 a.m. and Stanford will meet UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m. The winners of the first round will advance to the second round, on Sunday May 10, at 1 p.m. The winner of the second round will travel to the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the team championships, to be held May 16-20.

The regional will be held at The Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center. Tickets are $5.00 and $3.00 with a student ID per day.

The #18 Pepperdine women's tennis team found out its postseason path on Tuesday, as the NCAA committee pitted the Waves against UNLV in the first round of the NCAA tournament, to be held at USC on Friday, May 9 through Saturday, May 10.

The Waves are one of four teams at the Trojans' site at Marks Stadium, joined by UNLV, USC and Marist. The Waves will face the Rebels on Friday, May 9 at 1 p.m. If the Waves win, they would face the winner of the USC-Marist match on Saturday, May 10 at 3 p.m. The winner of the second round match will advance to Tulsa, Okla. for the NCAA Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, hosted by the University of Tulsa. The NCAA Championships will be held from May 15-20 in Tulsa, followed by the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships from May 21-26 at the same location. The singles and doubles brackets will be announced tomorrow (April 30) at 3 p.m. PT.

The Waves earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament after winning their sixth consecutive WCC crown on Apr. 20 with a 4-0 win over Saint Mary's.

Pepperdine and UNLV will square off for the second time this season after meeting on Mar. 15 in Las Vegas. The Waves claimed a 4-3 win over the Rebels. The Waves also faced USC on Jan. 31 in Malibu, with the Trojans posting a 5-2 win. The Waves did not face Marist this season.

The Waves (19-4) enter the tournament ranked No. 18 in the nation. Sylvia Kosakowski (Downey, Calif./Warren HS) is ranked No. 84 in the singles rankings, while Anamika Bhargava (Collierville, Tenn./Houston HS) is ranked No. 108. The doubles team of Kosakowski and Bianca Dulgheru (Bucharest, Romania/Theoretical Jean Monnet HS) is ranked No. 11 in the country.

Admission to the matches at Marks Stadium in Los Angeles will be free.