May 24, 2013
URBANA, Ill. -- Friday was another strong day for the Pepperdine men's tennis team as senior Sebastian Fanselow advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA singles championship. Fellow Wave Alex Sarkissian ended his exciting NCAA run with a three-set loss in the round of 16. On the women's side, Pepperdine tandem Khunpak Issara and Lorraine Guillermo battled through a tough three-set match, but couldn't hang on in the end and were eliminated from the tournament.
Pepperdine's Sebastian Fanselow won once again on Friday at the NCAA Singles Championship to advance to the quarterfinals, marking his best-ever showing at the tournament. He becomes the Waves' first quarterfinalist since Andre Begemann and Bassam Beidas both did so during the 2008 season.
This is Fanselow's third time competing in the NCAA Singles Tournament. His best finish prior to this year came in 2011 when, as a sophomore, he reached the round of 16.
Fanselow, a 9-16 seed in the 64-person bracket, went up against seventh-seeded Peter Kobelt of Ohio State. After edging the Buckeye 6-4 in set one, the senior Wave cruised to a 6-2 win in the second to advance to the next round.
It was Fanselow's most convincing win of the tournament thus far, having needed three sets to earn the "W" in his two prior matches. Yesterday, the Wave edged Oklahoma's Guillermo Alcorta 10-8 in the third-set tiebreaker.
Alex Sarkissian saw his first year in a Wave uniform come to a close today. The junior faced off against Japie De Klerk of Tulsa in an incredibly close battle. After both competitors claimed a set in the tiebreaker, De Klerk went on a run in the third frame and held on to win 6-2.
Sarkissian, ranked #62 in the ITA singles poll, concluded the year with a 23-6 overall record. He earned ITA All-American status in singles and was a second-team performer in both singles and doubles in the All-West Coast Conference awards.
#11-ranked Fanselow will face #19 Andreas Mies of Auburn on Saturday at 10 a.m. PDT.
On the women's side, one of the greatest doubles pairs in Pepperdine history concluded their final season together today at the NCAA Doubles Championship. #17-ranked Khunpak Issara and Lorraine Guillermo fell to Tennessee's #5 Kata Szekely and Brynn Boren in the round of 16.
The Waves, 21-6 overall this season, fought back from a 6-2 loss in the first set to win 6-3 in the second. Up 5-4 and serving for the match in the third, the Pepperdine pair was unable to put the match away. Back on serve, 5-5, the Lady Volunteers took back momentum of the match and won 7-5 to advance to the quarterfinals.
Despite the loss, Issara and Guillermo have etched their names into the program's history books. Their career dual season record of 33-6 (.846) not only ranks third for number of wins, but counts as the best winning percentage of any pair in the Waves' recorded history.
Issara and Guillermo reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship last season and earned ITA All-American status. Last fall, the pair won the back draw at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship and proceeded to reach the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
Including both tournament and dual play, the Pepperdine tandem pieced together a 45-11 record.
NCAA Men's Singles Championship
- May 24 - Round of 16
#11 Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) def. #8 Peter Kobelt (Ohio State) 6-4, 6-2
#41 Japie De Klerk (Tulsa) def. #62 Alex Sarkissian (Pepperdine) 7-6 (7-0), 6-7 (3-7), 6-2
NCAA Women's Doubles Championship
- May 24 - Round of 16
#5 Kata Szekely/Brynn Boren (Tennessee) def. #17 Lorraine Guillermo/Khunpak Issara (Pepperdine) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics.