May 25, 2013
URBANA, Ill. -- Although rain showers in the Urbana area forced play to move indoors, it did little to dampen the day of Pepperdine's Sebastian Fanselow. The Pepperdine men's tennis team's ace won in three sets today to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Men's Singles Championship.
Fanselow is just the seventh Wave in program history to advance this far into the singles championship. Prior Pepperdine players to reach the semifinals include Eddie Edwards (1978), Brad Gilbert (1982), Robbie Weiss (1988), Howard Joffe (1992), Al Garland (2001) and Andre Begemann (2008). Of those six players, two have reached the finals -- Gilbert and Weiss -- with Weiss winning it all as a senior.
In Saturday's quarterfinals, #11-ranked Fanselow went up against #19 Andreas Mies of Auburn. The match began outdoors, but after just a handful of games in the books, was moved indoors due to rain.
Although the two battled and were tied late, Fanselow broke Mies' serve to take the first frame 7-5.
The Tiger answered in the second set, winning 6-3 to force a deciding third stanza.
Fanselow fell behind a break early, 1-3, but got back on track to knot the score at three and again at four. A late push lifted the him to victory, 6-4.
Sunday's semifinals will feature Fanselow vs. #3 Jamare Jenkins of Virginia.
The two have met twice prior in collegiate competition. Last fall, Jenkins defeated Fanselow in the finals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship. Fanselow posted a win against Jenkins during the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Team Championship.
On the other side of the bracket, #41 Japie De Klerk - who narrowly edged Alex Sarkissian in the round of 16 - will face #12 Blaz Rola of Ohio State.
NCAA Men's Singles Championship - May 25 - Quarterfinals
#11 Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) def. #19 Andreas Mies (Auburn) 7-5, 3-6, 6-4
Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics.