May 28, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. - The outstanding collegiate career of Pepperdine senior Bassam Beidas came to an end on Friday as he lost in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships.
Beidas (Cairo, Egypt), ranked #32, was unable to pull off another upset and fell to 10th-ranked Dimitar Kutrovsky of Texas, 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-2.
"Bassam had a good start and won a tough first set," Pepperdine Coach Adam Steinberg said. "He pulled something in his abdomen in the first game of the second set and just couldn't get past that. It really affected him. He won't make excuses, but he couldn't play the way he wanted to play. He was a little tired from yesterday, plus the Texas player was very good."
On Thursday, Beidas defeated seventh-ranked Alex Lacroix of Florida in three sets, and also played a three-set match in the first round of doubles. Beidas was knocked out of both tournaments by Kutrovsky, as the doubles team from Texas beat Beidas and sophomore Alex Llompart (Carolina, Puerto Rico).
Still, reaching the Round of 16 assured Beidas of All-American honors for the third straight year. He earned that status in singles in 2008 and in doubles in 2009. He and Andre Begemann (2006-08) are Pepperdine's only three-time All-Americans since Simon Aspelin ended a run of four straight All-American honors in 1997. Beidas finished with a 33-12 record in singles this year and a career mark of 93-33.
"Bassam will go down as the one of the greatest players we've had in Pepperdine tennis history," Steinberg said. "He's definitely the best competitor I've ever coached. Nobody cared about the team more than him. He put the team first and then himself. He had a great four years and hopefully he'll now go on to a great pro career."
NCAA SINGLES TOURNAMENT
May 26 First Round: #32 Bassam Beidas d. #55 James Meredith (Boise State), 7-6 (4), 6-3
May 27 Second Round: Beidas d. #7 Alex Lacroix (Florida), 4-6, 7-5, 7-5
May 28 Round of 16: #10 Dimitar Kutrovsky (Texas) d. Beidas, 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-2
NCAA DOUBLES TOURNAMENT May 27 First Round: #6 Dimitar Kutrovsky/Josh Zavala (Texas) d. #27 Beidas/Llompart, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2