May 4, 2006
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - In the first National Tennis Championship in NCAA history with men's and women's teams competing simultaneously at the same site, the WCC will be well-represented in the singles and doubles competition from May 24-29 at the Taube Tennis Center at Stanford University.
Pepperdine senior Scott Doerner earned an automatic bid to the singles draw, while senior teammate Pedro Rico and San Diego's Pierrick Ysern received at-large bids. The Waves' third-seeded duo of Doerner and sophomore Andre Begemann and the Toreros' tandem of Ysern and sophomore Thomas Liversage 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.
Ysern, the 2005 NCAA national runner up, earns his third straight trip to the singles competition and currently holds a national ranking of No. 42. He finished the regular season with an overall record of 14-3 at the No. 1 spot and owns victories over top-ranked opponents including UCLA's Benjamin Kohlloeffel, who is currently the top-ranked player in the nation, and Boise's Luke Shields, who ranked 29th at the time.
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.
Ysern and Liversage, ranked 24th nationally in doubles, earns their first trip to the NCAA doubles competition. Together, the duo has compiled an overall record of 11-3 at the No. 1 spot. Most notably, Ysern and Liversage handed the, then-4th ranked, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill doubles team of Raian Luchici and Brad Pomeroy an 8-3 defeat on March 13. The duo first entered the national rankings on April 4 and has ranked as high as No. 13.
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 announcement marks the second time that the USD men's program will advance a team, an individual, and a doubles team into the post-season tournament in the same year. The first time was in 1990 when the Toreros advanced as a team to the second round, four-time All-American Jose Luis Noriega competed in the singles ladder and Noriega and teammate J.R. Edwards paired up for the doubles competition.
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.