May 7, 2013
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference is pleased to recognize its April Men's Tennis Singles Player of the Month, Patrick Kawka from BYU, and Doubles Players of the Month, Alex Sarkissian and Finn Tearney, from Pepperdine University.
MEN'S TENNIS SINGLES PLAYER OF THE MONTH
PATRICK KAWKA, JR., BYU
BYU junior Patrick Kawka is the WCC Men's Tennis Singles Player of the Month for April. Kawka, ranked No. 35 in the country, went 7-1 in April at No. 1 singles for BYU, leading the Cougars to second place finishes in both the WCC regular season and championship. Kawka counted wins over ranked opponents when he dispatched of then-No. 29 Andrew Bettles from Boise State, and then-No. 8 Sebastian Fanselow from Pepperdine.
Kawka's win over Fanselow marked the second time the pair had faced off in less than 10 days. While Fanselow took the first meeting in the regular season in straight sets, Kawka's 7-6 (5), 7-6(1) win in the championship final kept BYU's WCC title hopes alive. Last week, Kawka was selected to compete in the NCAA singles championship after earning an at-large bid.
Also Nominated: Sebastian Fanselow, PEP; Tom Pham, SCU; Cristobal Rivera, LMU; Clarke Spinosa, USD.
2012-13 WCC MEN'S TENNIS SINGLES PLAYER OF THE MONTH
April: Patrick Kawka, BYU
March: John Lamble, Santa Clara
February: Sebastian Fanselow, Pepperdine
January: Patrick Kawka, BYU
November: Sebastian Fanselow, Pepperdine
October: Tuomas Manner, Saint Mary's
September: Alvaro Nazal, Gonzaga
MEN'S TENNIS DOUBLES PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
ALEX SARKISSIAN, JR./FINN TEARNEY, SR., PEPPERDINE
Pepperdine junior Alex Sarkissian and senior Finn Tearney are the WCC Men's Doubles Tennis Players of the Month for April. Sarkissian/Tearney went a team-best 7-0 during the month of April, helping the Waves to both the West Coast Conference regular-season and tournament championships. The duo opened the month playing at No. 1 with an 8-5 win against Portland's Ratan Gill/Alex Ferrero. The rest of April, Sarkissian/Tearney took up residence at the No. 2 spot. The duo convincingly topped Tuomas Manner/Samuel Bloore of Saint Mary's 8-0.
During the finals of the West Coast Conference Tournament, the Wave pair got the day started out strong, putting away an 8-1 decision versus BYU's Andrey Goryachkov/Spencer Smith. Just a week prior, Sarkissian/Tearney rallied back from a 1-5 deficit versus Goryachkov/Smith to win 8-5.
Also Nominated: Patrick Kawka/Francis Sargeant, BYU; Ciaran Fitzgerald/Victor Pugliese, USD; Othar Kordsachia/Felix van Kann, LMU.
2012-13 WCC MEN'S TENNIS DOUBLES PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
April: Alex Sarkissian/Finn Tearney, Pepperdine
March: Othar Kordsachia/Felix van Kann, LMU
February: Francis Alcantara/Finn Tearney, Pepperdine
January: Mousheg Hovhannisyan/David Sofaer, Pepperdine
November: Clarke Spinosa/Thibaut Visy, San Diego
October: Jesse Kiuru/Joakim Norstrom, Saint Mary's