Alex Sarkissian continues to thrive in his rookie season as a professional.
A 2014 NCAA Singles Championship rematch is on deck on Saturday, with Alex Sarkissian facing Marcos Giron in the early afternoon.
The school year was highlighted by sand volleyball's national championship and baseball's postseason run.
Adam Steinberg has accepted the men's tennis coaching position at the University of Michigan.
Alex Sarkissian concludes Pepperdine career with a 52-17 overall singles record.
Photos from the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championship. Photos by Bill Kallenberg.
Photos from the 2014 West Coast Conference Tournament at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. Photos by Kyle Terada.
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.
CAREER: 2014 NCAA Singles Runner-Up Champion ... Advanced to the round of 16 at the 2013 NCAA Singles Championship ... 2014 NCAA Doubles Championship quarterfinalist ... Two-time ITA All-American in singles ... 2014 ITA All-American in doubles ... Just third Pepperdine player to reach NCAA Singles Championship finals ... Wraps Pepperdine career with a 52-17 overall singles record (37-10 in duals) and a 42-18 overall doubles record (35-16 in duals).
PEPPERDINE 2013-14: 2014 NCAA Singles Championship finalist ... Unseeded and ranked in at #28 during the championships ... Moved up to #15 in the final ITA national rankings, and fifth in the Southwest region ... Only third player in program history to reach singles championship finals, joining Brad Gilbert (1982) and Robbie Weiss (1988) ... Joins Gilbert as the only California community college product to reach the finals of the NCAA Div. I Singles Championship ... ITA All-American in singles and doubles ... Seventh Pepperdine player to earn All-American honors in both singles and doubles in the same season ... 2014 WCC Player of the Year ... All-WCC first team in both singles and doubles ... Reached quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship alongside Francis Alcantara ... Duo ranked #15 during the championships ... Ended season listed at #13 in the ITA national doubles rankings, and third regionally ... Only player in program history to reach at least the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships in the same season ... Finished season with a 29-11 singles record, including 16-5 mark in dual action ... Played entirely from the No. 1 spot in both the singles and doubles lineups ... Went 23-8 in doubles, all with Alcantara, including a 19-6 record in dual play ...13-10 in singles when playing ranked opponents, 7-3 in doubles versus ranked foes ... Owns two wins over top-10 ranked doubles teams including a 6-3 triumph over then-#1 and eventual NCAA Doubles Champions Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee ... Defeated #10 Yannick Hanfmann of USC 4-6, 6-3, 10-2 in dual action on March 7 ... Was down match point vs. #15 Brayden Schnur in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship before winning 8-6 in the third set tiebreaker ... Also defeated #29 Romain Bogaerts, #38 Leandro Toledo, #47 Roberto Cid and #39 Denis Nguyen en route to the NCAA Singles Championship title match ... Lost to #2 Marcos Giron 6-4, 6-1 in the finals ... 5-1 in singles vs. WCC opponents ... Two-time WCC Singles Player of the Week (2/11, 3/13) ... Voted WCC Doubles Team of the Week six of the possible 11 times with Alcantara (2/11, 2/25, 3/16, 3/26, 4/8, 4/16)
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.