May 29, 2009
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced the 2009 All-America Teams for NCAA Division I Tennis today. San Diego's Dean Jackson and Omar Altmann appeared on the singles list, while Altmann and partner Bassam Beidas were selected to the All-America Doubles Team.
Jackson entered the NCAA Division I Championships as the 52nd ranked player in the nation and made it to the Round of 16 before losing to 17th ranked Conor Pollock of host Texas A&M. With his results, Jackson finished the year ranked 34th with a 21-8 singles record. Jackson also went undefeated at the No. 1 singles position for the Toreros at the 2009 WCC Tennis Championships.
For the Waves, recent graduate Altmann was one of 10 collegiate players in the country to earn double honors. No. 36-ranked Altmann ended his Pepperdine tennis career against the NCAA Championships' No. 1 seed, Tulsa's Arnau Brugues, in the Round of 16. During the regular season, Altmann was named the 2009 WCC Men's Tennis Player of the Year after his team was crowned the 2009 WCC Champions for the 40th time in program history.
Altmann's doubles partner Beidas also competed in the NCAA Championships, where he lost in a close three-set match in the Round of 64 to Virginia's Dominic Inglot. Beidas ended the year with a national ranking of 39. Together, the No. 1 Pepperdine duo was convincingly one of the strongest, if not the strongest doubles team, in the WCC this year. The pair finished off the season in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships and a No. 8 ranking in the nation, garnering them All-American honors.
In order for a singles player/doubles team to earn ITA All-American honors, one of the following criteria must be met:
1.) Top 16 seed in NCAA Singles Championships, or;
2.) Reach round of 16 in NCAA Singles Championships, or;
3.) Finish in the Top 20 of the final ITA Rankings.
1.) Top eight seed in NCAA Doubles Championships, or;
2.) Reach quarterfinals of NCAA Doubles Championship, or;
3.) Finish in Top 10 of final ITA Rankings