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WCC Tennis Recaps - NCAA Tournament, Day 1

May 22, 2008

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Pepperdine men's tennis players No. 11 Andre Begemann and No. 37 Bassam Beidas advanced to the round of 32 on Wednesday at the NCAA Division I Singles Championships, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

"It was a great day for the Waves," said coach Adam Steinberg. "I think Bassam played a little nervous, yet I was really happy with how he competed. With all the traveling that Andre has done in the past week, I was really proud of how he got through that last set."

Begemann (Blomberg, Germany) defeated Cory Parr (Wake Forest), 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4.

"I felt a little rusty after not playing for a while," said Begemann. "It was a little difficult to keep my energy up and I felt like my focus was all over the place. I'm ready for the next round."

Begemann struggled in the second set and in the tie breaker, then fought back to win the third set after being up 4-1 and then in a 4-4 tie.

Beidas (Cairo, Egypt) also dealt with nerves and trouble focusing, but eventually went on to defeat Guillermo Gomez (Georgia Tech), 6-3, 7-6 (3).

"The first match was tough for me to focus," said Beidas. "I felt like I slowed down a bit when he started playing well. I definitely didn't feel like I had the focus that I should have."

Thursday (May 22), Begemann faces Cosmin Cotet (Texas Christian University)) at 10 a.m. and Beidas plays Nestor Briceno (University of Florida) at 2 p.m. No. 24 Begemann and Omar Altmann (Cairo, Egypt) meet Austin Krajicek and Connor Pollack (Texas A&M) in the round of 32 doubles competition at 2 p.m.

San Diego freshman Dean Jackson (Soest, Germany), originally tabbed an alternate for the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships, proved he was worthy of a spot in the round of 64 which began today at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa. Jackson, the 2008 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, extended No. 7 seed Lars Poerschke of Baylor three sets before falling 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. Jackson finished out his rookie year with an overall mark of 28-7.

USD senior Thomas Liversage (Johannesburg, South Africa) also dropped his 1st round match, falling to Kaden Hensel of Tennessee, 7-5, 6-4. Liversage finished 15-9 in singles this spring and 24-13 for the school year.

San Francisco's Jennifer-Lee Heinser fell to No. 1 seeded Aurelija Miseviciute, a sophomore from the University of Arkansas in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships at the University of Tulsa on Wednesday afternoon.

Heinser, the first USF Women's Tennis player to ever make the NCAA's, took a 2-6 first set victory before falling 6-3, 6-2 in the final two sets.

Miseviciute moves on to play freshman Taylor Ormond from Baylor.

Heinser earned the chance to play in the tournament after a stellar freshman campaign in which she went 21-3 with victories over four ranked opponents. The Miami, FL native was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year as well as WCC Freshman of the Year.