2011 WCC Men's Tennis Preseason Poll
The Pepperdine men's tennis team was chosen to finish first in the 2011 West Coast Conference preseason
poll, as voted on by the conference coaches. Pepperdine and San Diego claimed five of the
six singles players on the preseason all-conference team, while Santa Clara took the remaining spot.
The top three finishers from last year took the top three spots in this year's preseason poll. Pepperdine,
which won its 41st WCC title in program history last season, garnered 48 total points and six of the eight
first place votes. San Diego collected the two remaining first place votes and 43 total points for second
place in the preseason poll, while Santa Clara, last year's second place finisher in the WCC, received
a total of 38 points to take the third spot on the preseason list.
Loyola Marymount was picked fourth with 27 points. Saint Mary's was selected fifth with 25 points. San
Francisco came in sixth with two less points than the Gaels, while Portland and Gonzaga rounded out
the coaches' poll.
The men's preseason all-conference team saw some familiar names from the 2010 preseason list,
including Pepperdine's Alex Llompart and San Diego's Nikola Bubnic and Dean Jackson. Llompart
competed in the 2010 NCAA Doubles Championships with former partner Bassam Beidas and finished
the season with a No. 30 doubles ranking by the ITA. Jackson and Bubnic were both 2010 All-WCC
First Team selections. Bubnic ended the season ranked No. 91 by the ITA and was named the 2010 ITA
Player to Watch Award for the Southwest Region. Jackson advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2009
NCAA Singles Championships.
First time preseason all-conference selections Sebastian Fanselow and Finn Tearney of Pepperdine
and Kyle Dandan of Santa Clara are no strangers to the WCC tennis scene. Fanselow earned WCC
Freshman of the Year honors last season and finished with a No. 72 ranking by the ITA, while Tearney
earned All-WCC second team honors after going 26-9 overall in singles. Dandan was also named to the
All-WCC second team after playing an integral part of the Broncos' first-ever appearance in the WCC
finals since the tournament changed to a seven-point format.
2011 WCC Men's Tennis Preseason Poll
1. Pepperdine - 48 (6)
2. San Diego - 43 (2)
3. Santa Clara - 38
4. Loyola Marymount - 27
5. Saint Mary's - 25
6. San Francisco - 22
7. Portland - 14
8. Gonzaga - 7
(First place votes)
2011 Preseason All-Conference Team
Alex Llompart, Pepperdine, Junior
Dean Jackson, San Diego, Senior
Finn Tearney, Pepperdine, Sophomore
Kyle Dandan, Santa Clara, Junior
Nikola Bubnic, San Diego, Junior
Sebastian Fanselow, Pepperdine, Sophomore
Spring 2010 WCC Postseason Award Winners
The Pepperdine men's tennis team swept all three postseason awards for the second year in a row. Below are this year's award recipients.
WCC Player of the Year: Bassam Beidas, PEP
WCC Freshman of the Year: Sebastian Fanselow, PEP
WCC Coach of the Year: Adam Steinberg, PEP
2009-10 WCC Men's Tennis: Season Recap
This year saw a reigning champion prove its dominance and newcomers rise to the occasion, especially at the 2010 WCC Championships. Throughout the course of the season, five of the eight WCC men's tennis teams held a mark of .500 or above, while the top three finishers at the WCC tournament all ended their seasons ranked in the nation's top 65.
After a strong regular season, Pepperdine came out swinging at the 2010 WCC Championships in San Diego, CA. The Waves defeated Gonzaga, San Francisco, and Santa Clara in impressive fashion, losing just one singles match en route to its 41st WCC title in program history and automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Tennis Championships.
Pepperdine also swept all three postseason awards for the second year in a row. Senior Bassam Beidas was named the WCC Player of the Year, freshman Sebastian Fanselow garnered WCC Freshman of the Year honors, and Coach Adam Steinberg tallied his fourth WCC Coach of the Year award.
The Santa Clara men's tennis team finished second at this year's WCC Championships, proving itself as one of the toughest teams in the WCC. The Broncos defeated last year's runner-up San Diego to arrive to its first-ever appearance in the finals since the WCC tournament changed to a seven team point format. It was a second for the Broncos in program history (Santa Clara lost to Pepperdine 6-1 in 2000). ended the year as the second highest ranked team in the conference in the ITA rankings (No. 53).
San Diego also continued its solid season from last year. Despite finishing in third at this year's conference tournament, the Toreros continue to be one of the conference's strongest teams with a deep lineup, highlighted by sophomore Nikola Bubnic, who ended the season with a national ranking (No. 91) and the 2010 ITA Player to Watch Award for the Southwest Region.
WCC Men's Tennis in the 2010 NCAA Championships
After winning the conference crown, the No. 21-ranked Pepperdine men's tennis team went on to represent the WCC in the NCAA Championships in Athens, GA. In the first round, the team defeated No. 37-ranked Hawaii 4-0, only to face Stanford in the second round for the second year in a row.
The Waves suffered the same fate this year, losing 4-0 to the No. 7-ranked team.
2010 WCC Player of the Year Bassam Beidas of Pepperdine was the only men's tennis player from the conference to compete in the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship. Beidas advanced to the Round of 16 after defeating James Meredith of Boise State (7-6 (4), 6-3) and upsetting No. 8 seed Alexandre Lacroix of Florida in three sets (4-6, 7-5, 7-5). In his Round of 16 match, Beidas stayed close with No. 10 seed Dimitar Kutrovsky of Texas but suffered an injury in the start of the second set, making it difficult for Beidas to pull off another upset. The final score was 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-2.
Pepperdine's Beidas and last year's WCC Freshman of the Year Alex Llompart competed together in the NCAA Men's Tennis Doubles Championship. The duo lost in split sets to No. 5-8 seeded pair of Kutrovsky (same player who defeated Beidas in singles) and Josh Zavala of Texas (4-6, 6-2, 6-2).
About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
Long recognized as one of the best-organized collegiate sports associations, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is a non-profit service organization, which serves as the governing body of collegiate tennis in the United States. Administering a comprehensive calendar of tournaments and events and a far-reaching awards program, the goal of the ITA is to improve the level of intercollegiate tennis competition and the quality of college tennis coaching.
Comprised of nearly 1,500 men's and women's coaches representing over 1,200 institutions across the country from all three NCAA Divisions, as well as the NAIA and Junior and Community Colleges, the ITA oversees activities involving over 15,000 varsity college student-athletes. In addition to ITA collegiate coach (and team) members, the ITA also welcomes collegiate parents, junior players and parents, alumni, corporate, federation, high school coach, and associate membership.
To learn more about the ITA, please visit www.itatennis.com.