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Pepperdine Men's Tennis Heads To Round Of 16

May 16, 2006

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The Pepperdine men's tennis team will meet Florida on Saturday in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament at the Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, CA.

The No. 2 seed Waves advanced to the Round of 16 after posting a pair of convincing 4-0 wins in first and second round action. Pepperdine opened NCAA Tournament play against Montana State at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center last Saturday, and handed the Big Sky Conference champions a 4-0 defeat before upending TCU in the second round by the same margin on Sunday.

The Pepperdine squad enters the Round of 16 with a 32-2 overall record, the best mark during Head Coach Adam Steinberg's tenure in Malibu. The Waves are led by two-time WCC Player of the Year Scott Doerner, who has posted a 21-6 mark at the No. 1 singles position so far this season. Doerner, the No. 8 ranked player in the ITA singles rankings, is joined by No. 31 ranked Pedro Rico and No. 92 ranked Ivor Lovrak in the Waves' lineup.

San Diego, the only other WCC men's tennis squad to earn selection to the NCAA Tournament, fell in first round action to TCU last Saturday, 4-0. Pierrick Ysern, the 2005 NCAA singles runner-up, received a bid to the NCAA singles tournament and will pair up with fellow Torero Thomas Liversage in the doubles competition.

Pepperdine hosted first and second round contests on the women's side, and the team registered a 4-0 win over Wichita State before falling to UCLA in the second round, 4-0. The Waves will be represented by Bianca Dulgheru in the NCAA singles tournament, and two Pepperdine duos will compete in the doubles event.

NCAA Men's Tennis Championship
Taube Tennis Center (Stanford, CA)

May 20 (Round of 16)
No. 2 Pepperdine vs. Florida - 12:00 PM

May 21 (Quarterfinals)
Pepperdine/Florida winner vs. UCLA/Illinois winner - 1:00 PM

Around The WCC

Adam Steinberg Named ITA West Region Men's Coach of the Year
Pepperdine University's Head Coach Adam Steinberg was named the ITA West Region Men's Tennis Coach of the Year, the organization announced on Monday. Steinberg, who is in his fourth year with the Waves, becomes a finalist for the national award, which will be announced on May 22. Pepperdine holds a 32-2 current record, which marks the best record in Steinberg's 14 years as a head coach.

Gualberto Escudero Named ITA West Region Women's Coach of the Year
Pepperdine Head Coach Gualberto Escudero was named the ITA West Region Women's Tennis Coach of the Year, the organization announced Monday. Escudero, who is in his 29th season with the Waves, becomes a finalist for the national award, which will be announced on May 22.

WCC At The NCAA Men's Tennis Championships
The West Coast Conference has a long history at the NCAA men's tennis championship, with the league capturing a team title and a number of singles and doubles crowns during the history of the event. San Francisco earned the only team title among WCC institutions, claiming the crown in 1949, just a year after USF's Harry Likas became the NCAA singles champion. Pepperdine has finished as the runner-up in the team competition twice, capturing second place in both 1982 and 1986. Wave netters have won three NCAA individual championships, with Robby Weiss winning the NCAA singles title in 1988. The Pepperdine duo of Kelly Jones and Jerome Jones won the NCAA doubles title in 1984, and Kelly Jones successfully defended the doubles title the following year in 1985 with new partner Carlos DiLaura. San Diego's Pierrick Ysern is the most recent WCC player to make a splash, as the Torero advanced all the way to the NCAA singles final in 2005 before falling to Baylor's Benedikt Dorsch.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs
- The Gonzaga men's squad finished the 2006 campaign with a 6-22 overall record and an eighth place finish at the WCC Championship.

- Cooper Fratt enjoyed a solid sophomore campaign, registering an 11-17 record at three different singles spots for the Zags. Fratt notched the only win by a Gonzaga player at the WCC Championships, handing Portland's Scott Kennel a straight set defeat in the seventh place match.

- The Gonzaga women's team closed out the 2006 season with a 3-23 overall record and an eighth place finish at the WCC Championship.

- Emily Anderson became just the fourth Gonzaga women's tennis player to earn All-WCC honors after being named as an honorable mention selection. Anderson posted an 11-11 mark at the No. 1 singles spot, and went 4-1 against WCC opponents in 2006.

Loyola Marymount Lions
- Nico Terrien earned first team All-WCC honors in singles play for the second time after receiving first team recognition as a freshman in 2004. Terrien also paired with Michael Chan to earn honorable mention doubles honors. The duo set an LMU program record for wins by going 21-7 in 2006.

- Mike Wojnarowicz was named as an All-WCC honorable mention selection after setting the LMU career singles victory mark with an 82-60 record.

- The LMU women's squad was well represented on the All-WCC team, as six different Lions were tabbed for all-conference honors. Pavla Mesterova was named to the first team, while Robyn Baker earned second team recognition.

- Baker and Mesterova earned first team All-WCC honors as a doubles tandem, and were named as the WCC doubles duo of the month after going 4-2 in April.

Pepperdine Waves
- Pepperdine advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, marking the second straight season that the Waves have advanced to the third round. The Waves moved on to the quarterfinals in 2005 before falling to Baylor.

- Scott Doerner, Pedro Rico, and Ivor Lovrak were each named to the All-WCC first team. Doerner was tabbed for his second straight WCC Player of the Year honor, and it marked the fourth straight first team selection for Rico, who joined San Diego's Pierrick Ysern as the only players to earn four straight first team selections since the WCC honors began in 1998. Omar Altmann and Andre Begemann were named to the All-WCC second team.

- Bianca Dulgheru, the WCC Player of the Year, helped Pepperdine's women's team close out its 18th conference title in April. Dulgheru became just the second player to ever earn WCC Freshman of the Year honors and Player of the Year honors in consecutive seasons, following former Wave Charlotte Vernaz (2001 & 2002).

- Natalie Braverman earned her third career first team All-WCC selection this season.

Portland Pilots
- Matthew Loucks highlighted the All-WCC honorees for Portland, earning first team all-conference recognition for the first time in his career after posting a 13-9 overall record.

- James Redpath received All-WCC honors in doubles play for the second straight season, teaming with Scott Kennel to earn second team recognition.

- The UP women's squad wrapped up the 2006 season with a 5-17-1 record and a sixth place finish at the WCC Championship.

- Lindsey Griffin was the only Pilot to notch a win at the No. 1 singles spot in 2006, recording victories in the top slot against both Linfield (2/24) and Whitman (2/25). Griffin also teamed with Katie Kennel to go 6-8 in dual matches at the No. 1 doubles position.

Saint Mary's Gaels
- Three different Saint Mary's men's players earned All-WCC honors in singles play, as Achim Christner, Martin Marechal, and Julien Tizot were named as honorable mention selections.

- Christner enjoyed an outstanding freshman campaign, as the native of Germany posted a 15-5 overall record, including a 10-5 mark at the No. 5 singles spot.

- Saint Mary's women's team went 11-9 on the season, including a 7-4 record against WCC opponents, and finished fourth at the WCC Championship to match the program's highest ever finish.

- Four Gaels received All-WCC honors, with Erin Young becoming the first SMC player to ever receive WCC Freshman of the Year honors. Aude Lambert was tabbed for first team recognition, while Kate Harden and Jessica Hoath were named to the All-WCC second team.

San Diego Toreros
- San Diego's men's team capped the regular season by earning the program's fourth straight NCAA Tournament selection. USD fell in first round action to TCU, suffering a 4-0 defeat in Malibu, CA last Saturday. The Toreros have been led by Pierrick Ysern, who earned his fourth straight All-WCC first team selection this season, and posted a runner-up finish at the NCAA singles championship last season.

- Ryo Sekiguchi was named WCC Freshman of the Year, becoming the first player in San Diego program history to earn the honor.

- Emma Murphy earned an at-large selection to the NCAA Singles Championship after posting a 13-2 record at the No. 1 singles position. Murphy became just the second four-time all-conference first team selection in WCC history, duplicating a feat set by former Torero Zuzana Lesenarova. Murphy and teammate Lauren Perl will be alternates at the NCAA doubles event.

San Francisco Dons
- San Francisco's men's team finished in third place at the WCC Championship, and junior Matthew Berry was named to the All-WCC second team after posting a 10-13 mark at the No. 1 singles spot.

- Thong Tu produced a 14-9 record in dual matches, including a 6-1 mark at the No. 4 singles position, and earned All-WCC honorable mention honors along with USF teammate Korbinian Kramer.

- The USF women's team capped a solid season with a 13-7 overall record and a fifth place finish at the WCC Championship.

- Mylene Martin enjoyed an outstanding freshman campaign, posting a perfect 19-0 record at the No. 5 singles position. Martin was tabbed for All-WCC honorable mention honors, along with teammates Camille Pamart and Emma Taylor.

Santa Clara Broncos
- Jan Macek closed out his senior season with his first-ever All-WCC first team selection. Macek played every dual match at the No. 1 singles spot for the Broncos, going 15-20 and 5-4 against opponents from the WCC.

- Brian Brogan emerged as one of the most versatile players on the Santa Clara squad, compiling a 15-16 record while playing in five different singles spots. Brogan clinched a team-leading four dual matches during the 2006 season.

- The Santa Clara women's team wrapped up the 2006 season with a 7-13 overall record and a 3-5 mark against WCC opponents.

- Myra Davoudi and Casey Knutson were named as All-WCC honorable mention selections after leading the Broncos to a seventh place finish at the WCC Championship. Davoudi went 11-11 in dual match singles play, while Knutson posted an 11-9 mark.