May 4, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - In the first National Tennis Championship in NCAA history with men's and women's teams competing simultaneously at the same site, the nationally-ranked Pepperdine men's team will be well-represented in the singles and doubles competition from May 24-29 at the Taube Tennis Center at Stanford University.
Senior Scott Doerner earned an automatic bid, while senior teammate Pedro Rico received an at-large bid to the singles draw. The third-seeded duo of Doerner and sophomore Andre Begemann will compete in the doubles draw.
Appearing in his second consecutive singles championship, Doerner has led the Waves all season at the No. 1 position, posting a 21-6 record and holds an ITA ranking of No. 8. Owning a 23-4 overall record, Rico is currently ranked 31st and boasts a 7-2 record versus nationally-ranked opponents.
Taking the country by storm, Doerner and Begemann, who held the No. 1 doubles spot for six weeks earlier this season, are seeded third in the doubles draw. The Wave duo holds a 23-4 overall record, including an impressive 11-1 record versus nationally-ranked opponents.
Pepperdine's last NCAA Singles Champion was Robbie Weiss in 1988. The Waves won back-to-back NCAA Doubles Championships with Kelly Jones and Jerome Jones winning the title in 1984 and in 1985, Kelly Jones took the trophy along with Carlos DiLaura.
The Waves are seeded second in the team championships and will host the first two rounds May 12-14 at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif.