WCC Men's Tennis Wrap Up Notes



June 16, 2010

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - This year's WCC Men's Tennis Championships saw a reigning champion prove its dominance and newcomers rise to the occasion. But even throughout the course of the season, men's tennis teams throughout the conference boasted a strong 2009-10 campaign with five of the eight teams stringing together 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.

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  • Gonzaga ended the season with a 7-15 overall record and an eighth place finish at the 2010 WCC Championships after dropping three tough matches on tournament weekend. The Bulldogs were paired up against No. 1 seeded Pepperdine in the first round and lost 4-0 before dropping matches to Loyola Marymount and Portland.

  • SR Roman Dojcak and FR Levin Guillermo both post double-digit win seasons. Dojcak, the Zags' lone senior, finished with a team-best 11 wins while Guillermo posted 10 wins in his freshman campaign.

  • Dojcak became Gonzaga's inaugural four-time All-WCC men's tennis selection after being named to the 2010 All-WCC Second Team in singles. He also earned Honorable Mention in doubles with doubles partner SO Scott Sullivan and was placed on the 12-member COSIDA Academic All-District 8 Second Team.
  • Loyola Marymount wrapped up its season with an 11-13 overall record and a fifth place finish at the WCC Championships. The Lions dropped its first round match to San Francisco 4-1 but came back to win its next two matches to stand true to its No. 5 seed.

  • The Lions finished out their conference tournament with a close 4-3 finale over Saint Mary's. JR Aris Andreasian defeated Michael Carreno of SMC 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 on an ace serve to clinch the Lion victory. With the exception of one court, all singles matches that day went to three sets.

  • SR Ivan Lopez received first team WCC honors after going 14-7 overall in singles during the regular season and 2-1 at the WCC tournament. Lopez played consistently at the No. 1 position for the Lions and led the team in wins in both singles and doubles. Lopez and transfer Otto Sauer also earned first team honors for doubles. The duo only had one loss during the WCC tournament and put together a 14-7 record on the regular season.
  • Pepperdine took home its 41st WCC title in school history with a hard-fought win over an improved Santa Clara team. The final score was 4-1. The Waves went on to the NCAA Championships, where they lost in the second round to Stanford for the second year in a row.

  • The Waves swept all three postseason awards with SR Bassam Beidas being named WCC Player of the Year, Sebastian Fanselow earning WCC Freshman of the Year honors, and Coach Adam Steinberg selected as the WCC Coach of the Year.

  • Beidas ended his career with the Waves in the Round of 16 in the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships, earning All-American honors for the third straight year. Beidas finished with a 33-12 record in singles this season and a career mark of 93-33. Beidas and partner SO Alex Llompart lost in the first round of the NCAA doubles tournament, dropping their match to a Texas pair in three sets.
  • Portland closed out the 2010 season with a 10-10 overall record and secured a seventh place finish at this year's WCC Championships after losing to San Diego and Saint Mary's in the early rounds, then blanking No. 8 seed Gonzaga on the final day.

  • SR Filip Zivkovic ended his senior campaign for the Pilots with an 11-7 record at the No. 1 position and a spot on the All-WCC Second Team. He is the only Pilot to garner all-conference selections all four season.

  • Zivkovic and doubles partner SR Evan Schleining received All-WCC First Team honors in doubles for the second consecutive season after putting together a 14-4 record that earned them a final ranking of No. 73 in the country. Their season-high national ranking was 30th.
  • Saint Mary's closed out its season with a 6-17 overall record. The Gaels played one of the longest matches of the WCC Championships against Loyola Marymount on the final day, but were defeated 4-3 to land them a six place finish.

  • JR Lucas Tirelli was named to the All-WCC Second Team in singles for the third consecutive season and earned Honorable Mention in doubles with partner SO Gavin Leon. Tirelli finished the season with a 9-13 record, playing primarily at the No. 1 and 2 singles spots. Tirelli and Leon put together a team-leading 10-4 doubles record for the Gaels this season at the No. 1 spot.

  • SO Sherif Hamdy was selected as an Honorable Mention in singles after his performance at the WCC tournament. Hamdy's matches in the first two rounds were suspended due to decision, but his third match served as the Gaels' third point against the Lions to tie the match at 3-3, as he defeated LMU's Geza Bazula in three sets (5-7, 7-6 (7), 6-4 (5)). This was his first conference recognition.
  • San Diego wrapped up its season with a third place finish at the WCC Championships. The tournament's results brought the Toreros' record to 12-9 overall, and the team finished with a ranking of No. 61 in the nation.

  • JR Dean Jackson and SO Nikola Bubnic both earned spots on the All-WCC First Team in singles, while FR Thibaut Visy garnered Honorable Mention honors. This was Jackson's third consecutive selection to the First Team, while Bubnic and Visy received their first All-WCC nominations. Jackson finished the season 14-2 exclusively at the No. 1 position and was named the WCC Player of the Month for February, after going 7-1 to start the 2010 season.

  • Bubnic received the 2010 ITA Player to Watch Award for the Southwest Region in May, finishing 30-6 in overall singles competition and 17-3 in dual competition. He was the first USD men's tennis player since Jose Luis Noriega (31-4 in 1991) to earn 30 singles victories for the combined fall and spring campaign. Bubnic closed out the season ranked No. 93 in the ITA rankings.
  • San Francisco did not get the outcome it hoped for at the WCC Championships, ending the tournament in fourth place in comparison to last year's third place finish. After advancing through the first round of the WCC tournament, the Dons lost their next two matches to eventual champion Pepperdine and San Diego, bringing their overall season record to 12-9.

  • SO Thai Tu was selected to the All-WCC First Team in singles. Tu first team selection marks the second consecutive year and fifth time in program history that a Don has earned the honor. Tu finished the 2010 dual season with a 12-5 record in singles play, dropping just one singles match in the month of March, leading USF to a 5-1 month and a nationally ranking of 60.

  • Tu and partner SR Asaf Cohen garnered a spot on the all-conference second team in doubles, while FR Mark De Castro earned Honorable Mention. The duo combined to post a 9-5 mark at the No. 1 spot, while De Castro recorded a 10-6 dual record, including an 8-4 mark at No. 5 singles.
  • Santa Clara ended one of its best seasons in program history with an 18-7 overall record and a second place finish at the 2010 WCC Championships. The Broncos defeated Saint Mary's and last year's runner-up San Diego before losing to WCC Champion Pepperdine in the finals 4-1.

  • SR Brian Brogan and SO Kyle Dandan were both named to the All-WCC Second Team in singles after leading the team at the No. 1 and 2 positions, respectively. SO Andrew Kells and FR Tom Pham earned Honorable Mention, while Brogan and partner SR Jay Wong were selected to the all-conference second team in doubles.

  • Santa Clara capped the season with a national rank of No. 53 in the final 2010 Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, the highest end-of-season ITA national ranking in Santa Clara tennis history.

    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).

    All-WCC First Team Singles
    Bassam Beidas, PEP
    Dean Jackson, USD
    Ivan Lopez, LMU
    Nikola Bubnic, USD
    Sebastian Fanselow, PEP
    Thai Tu, USF

    All-WCC Second Team Singles
    Alex Llompart, PEP
    Brian Brogan, SCU
    Filip Zivkovic, POR
    Kyle Dandan, SCU
    Lucas Tirelli, SMC
    Roman Dojcak, GON

    Honorable Mention Singles
    Andrew Kells, SCU
    Finn Tearney, PEP
    Mark De Castro, USF
    Mousheg Hovhannisyahn, PEP
    Sherif Hamdy, SMC
    Thibaut Visy, USD
    Tom Pham, SCU

    All-WCC First Team Doubles
    Alex Llompart/Bassam Beidas, PEP
    Evan Schleining/Filip Zivkovic, POR
    Ivan Lopez/Otto Sauer, LMU

    All-WCC Second Team Doubles
    Asaf Cohen/Thai Tu, USF
    Brian Brogan/Jay Wong, SCU
    Finn Tearney/Hugh Clarke, PEP

    Honorable Mention Doubles
    Gavin Leon/Lucas Tirelli, SMC
    Roman Dojcak/Scott Sullivan, GON

    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

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