May 23, 2007
ATHENS, Geo. - Pepperdine's Andre Begemann and Bassam Beidas each advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tennis Championships Wednesday, while Sylvia Kosakowski fell on the first day of individual play.
Begemann entered the 64-athlete bracket as a top 16 seed and faced Texas' Dimitar Kutovsky in the opening round. Begemann cruised in the opening set, 6-3, but needed a 7-3 victory in the second-set tiebreaker to advance in the tournament. Begemann moves on to face Blake Strode of Arkansas.
Leading 5-4 in the first set of his match against Georgia State's Martin Stiegwardt, Beidas broke serve and claimed a 1-0 lead in the match. He appeared to have the match wrapped up in convincing fashion leading 5-3 in the second set but Stiegward fought back to even the score at 5-all. Pepperdine's true freshman was undaunted and won the next two points for the straight-set victory. His second-round opponent was not available at print time.
On the women's side, Kosakowski was handed a 6-4, 6-1 straight-set defeat by North Carolina's Katrina Tsang. Kosakowski will continue her stay in Athens as she teams up with Bianca Dulgheru in doubles play starting tomorrow afternoon.