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Ryo Sekiguchi Named WCC Freshman of the Year

May 8, 2006

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - University of San Diego freshman Ryo Sekiguchi was named the 2006 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year in men's tennis, it was announced Monday. Sekiguchi, a native of Tokyo, Japan, is the first in USD program history to earn the award.

Sekiguchi finished the season with an overall record of 11-5, seeing most playing time at the No. 5 spot. He made his debut for the Toreros on February 5 against the Lions of Loyola Marymount where he rolled by his competition 6-3 and 6-1. His performance against USC helped lift San Diego to a victory over the Trojans, ranked 18th at the time, as he defeated his opponent 6-2 and 7-6 at the No. 5 spot. Sekiguchi also contributed to a 5-2 San Diego win over Boise State who ranked 23rd at the time. Most recently, he went 2-1 in the 2006 West Coast Conference championships, defeating his opponents from Portland and Santa Clara to help San Diego advance to the finals. Sekiguchi also earned an honorable mention to the 2006 All-Conference team.

Senior standout Pierrick Ysern earned All-WCC First Team honors for the fourth straight year in his Torero career. Ysern, the 2005 NCAA national runner up, earned his third straight trip to the NCAA 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.

Senior Pierrick Ysern earned WCC First Team honors for the fourth straight year.

Ysern and doubles partner Thomas Liversage earned first team All-Conference honors for their outstanding play at the No. 1 spot. The pair, ranked 24th nationally, earned their first trip to the NCAA doubles competition, it was announced last week by the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee. 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.

WCC coaches selected an All-Conference second team for the first time in conference history. San Diego senior Oscar Plotnik earned a spot, as did Liversage. Plotnik compiled a 10-9 overall season record, with most playing time coming at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. His 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 victory over USC's Adam Loucks helped raise the Toreros to victory over the Trojans and he was instrumental throughout the season, helping San Diego earn its fourth straight bid to the NCAA Tournament. Liversage, a sophomore out of Johannesburg, South Africa, recorded an impressive 13-4 singles record, mostly at the No. 4 spot, and owns victories over powerhouse teams such as UCLA, USC, Texas Tech, and Boise State.

San Diego earned its fourth straight bid to the NCAA Tournament, a program first, after turning in a 15-6 record on the season and a national ranking of No. 36. The Toreros will face Mountain West Conference Champions Texas Christian University in a first round match on Saturday May 13 in Malibu, Calif. on the home courts of this season's West Coast Conference champions Pepperdine University.