May 4, 2009
San Bruno, Calif. - The 2009 WCC Tennis Champions, the Pepperdine men's and women's teams, will be heading to this year's NCAA Division I Tennis Regional Championships on Friday, May 8th.
The No. 17-ranked Pepperdine men's team received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after capturing its 40th WCC Championship and 19th consecutive WCC title after defeating University of San Diego, 4-1, in the finals.
The Waves (19-8) allowed only one point to be scored throughout the entire tournament. Pepperdine defeated both San Francisco and Santa Clara, 4-0, in the earlier rounds.
The Waves will look to its all-conference first team members to lead the way as the top three singles spots have consistently been held by 2009 WCC Player of the Year, Omar Altmann, his doubles partner and No. 35-ranked in the country, Bassam Beidas, and 2009 WCC Freshman of the Year, Alex Llompart.
Pepperdine Head Coach Adam Steinberg was also named Coach of the Year after the WCC Championships for the fourth time in his career with the Waves. The Waves' match against California at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA (11 AM) will be his seventh appearance at the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships.
On the women's side, No. 41-ranked Pepperdine claimed its 22nd WCC crown to receive its own automatic seed in the NCAA Championships after defeating Saint Mary's College in the WCC Championships, 4-2. The 2009 WCC title marked the seventh consecutive championship win for the Pepperdine women's program.
Like their male counterparts, the women's team (13-11) were extremely tough throughout the entire tournament, not dropping a single match against Gonzaga or San Francisco in the earlier rounds.
Throughout the season, the Pepperdine women have been led by sophomore Anamika Bhargava and senior Alex Liles, who both earned all-conference first team honors in both singles and doubles. At the upcoming regionals this Friday, all the Waves will rally together, as they are scheduled to take on No. 31-ranked University of Texas at the University of California in Berkeley, CA (10 AM).
Both the men's and women's teams look forward to improving on last year's results. Teams that advance through the first two rounds of the NCAA Division I Tennis Regional Championships will travel to the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, TX, hosted by Texas A&M University, for the later rounds on May 15-19.