Kento Tanaka-Tamaki clinches the win for the Waves in his first appearance in the singles lineup of 2014.
Waves look ahead to Tuesday's doublesheader featuring Furman and Hawaii.
Alex Sarkissian earns his second win of the season over a top-10 ranked singles opponent today vs. USC.
Free pizza will be served during Pepperdine's 4 p.m. match vs. USC on Friday.
Pepperdine makes most of its two-dual Wednesday, beating both Nevada and UC Irvine.
Pepperdine def. San Diego 4-1 in the opening round at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
Yannick Hanfmann of USC wins the regional crown with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win over Pepperdine's Alex Sarkissian.
Waves met with UGA in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Waves def. BYU, 4-3, to win the WCC Tournament for the 40th official time in program history. Photos by Kyle Terada.
PEPPERDINE 2012-13: ITA All-American in singles ... Reached the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles Championship after defeating #34 Hunter Reese in three sets and #10 Ryan Lipman in straight sets ... Unseeded and ranked #62 in singles during the tournament ... Moved up to #40 on the final ITA singles poll and #8 in the regional rankings ... Ranked #60 in doubles with Finn Tearney ... All-WCC second team in both singles and doubles ... WCC Doubles Team of the Month (April) ... Went 23-6 overall in singles, including 21-5 in duals ... 5-4 against ranked opponents ... 10-1 from the No. 2 spot in the lineup and 10-3 when playing at No. 3 ... 19-9 overall in doubles including 16-8 in dual action ... Went a perfect 10-0 when playing with Tearney ... Finished the dual season with an 8-3 win against #15-ranked Nathan Pasha and Garrett Brasseaux to clinch the doubles point vs. Georgia during the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.
PEPPERDINE 2011-12: Enrolled at Pepperdine in January of 2012 and redshirted his first season with the Waves.
GLENDALE CC: Attended Glendale Community College from 2010-11 and played tennis during the 2011 season ... Finished the season as the #1-ranked junior college player in California by the ITA ... Went a perfect 35-0 and was crowned the state champion ... Earned a spot on the 2011 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team ... Won the doubles title at the Ojai Championships.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Verdugo Academy in 2008.
PERSONAL: Born and raised in Glendale, Calif. ... Son of Shahen and Odette Sarkissian ... Plans to pursue a degree in economics from Pepperdine ... Father is an accountant ... Chose Pepperdine "for its outstanding academic marks, strong athletic training and commitment to its students" ... Lists most thrilling moment in sports as "the first time I scored an ATP point."
FAVORITES: Favorite pro tennis player in Andre Agassi ... Favorite tennis venue is Roland Garros ... Favorite movie is Dumb and Dumber ... Favorite food is sushi ... Favorite sports other than tennis are soccer and basketball ... Enjoys hanging out with friends, spending time with family and playing video games.