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.
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.
CAREER: Through three seasons, including two at Fresno State, has gone 68-19 overall in singles (56-17 in duals) ... Boasts a career doubles record of 52-31 (42-29 in duals) ... At Fresno State, went 46-11 in singles including 34-9 in duals, and in doubles posted a 34-20 overall record include 30-20 in dual action ... Transferred to Pepperdine prior to the 2012-13 season.
PEPPERDINE 2012-13: All-WCC first team in doubles ... Final ITA singles ranking of #101 ... Final ITA doubles ranking of #68 with Sebastian Fanselow and regional ranking of #7 ... Final ITA doubles ranking of #61 with Finn Tearney ... Went 22-8 overall in singles, all in dual play ... Played mostly from the No. 4 spot in the lineup, going 18-5 ... Went 18-11 in doubles, including a 12-9 mark in duals ... Posted a 13-7 record alongside Tearney, including 7-5 from the No. 1 spot in the lineup ... Finished the dual season playing at No. 1 with Fanselow ... Competed in the NCAA Doubles Championship with Tearney, but fell in three sets in the first round ... Reached as high as #53 in the singles rankings ... Went 3-0 in singles during the NCAA Team Championship ... Reached as high as #27 with Tearney in the doubles rankings ... Defeated Roberto Quiroz of USC, ranked #27 at the time, in three sets (3/8) ... Won four matches during the dual season by a 6-0, 6-0 score ... WCC Doubles Team of the Month (February) ...Won the back draw at the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship alongside Tearney.
FRESNO STATE 2011-12: Competed in 25 dual matches ... Contributed to the Bulldogs' advancement in ITA team rankings to #14, second consecutive WAC Championship title and NCAA Tournament appearance ... Named first-team All-WAC in singles and doubles ... Earned All-WAC Tournament team in singles and doubles ... Named WAC Athlete of the Week twice ... Honored as ITA Northwest Region's Player to Watch ... Earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships ... Final national ITA ranking of #47 ... Reached a highest ITA national ranking of #43 ... Went 33-5 overall in singles and 21-3 in duals ... Contributed to the upset over #9 Stanford by beating #75 Matt Kandath, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3... Fell to Mississippi's #20-ranked Marcel Thiemann, 6-3, 7-6 (2), in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships ... Went 19-12 overall in doubles and 15-12 on the season in doubles with partner Remi Boutillier at the No. 1 spot ... Final ranking of # 58 in the country in doubles with partner Boutillier ... Reached a highest national ranking of #51 alongside Boutillier ... Runner-up at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship in doubles with Boutillier ... Fell in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championships with partner Boutillier, 7-6, 5-7, 6-2, to Georgia Tech's third-ranked duo of Kevin King and Juan Spir.
FRESNO STATE 2010-11:Played in all 26 dual matches ... Posted a 13-6 in singles and 15-8 in doubles in the dual season ... Competed in the NCAA Tournament against #19 Minnesota in the first round and #15 California in the second round ... Helped the team win the WAC Championship title ... Led to Fresno State's highest ranking in the season at #30 ... Primarily played No. 4 four in singles and No. 2 in doubles with Jean-Charles Diame ... Undefeated in WAC play in singles ... With partner Diame topped Gonzalo Escobar and Victor Manzini, 8-6 of #15 Texas Tech ... Went 5-3 in conference play in doubles ... Triumphed over California's McLachlan and Zerbini, 9-7 in the NCAA Tournament first round ... Didn't compete in the fall season.
PHILIPPINES:Was the first Filipino to win a Grand Slam after taking the title in the 2009 Australian Open Boy's Doubles event. He and partner Hsieh Cheng-peng did not lose a single set in the tournament ... Reached his highest junior ranking of World No. 14 in 2009 ... Competed against Yuki Bhambri, currently ranked in the ATP top-150, when they were junior players who traveled together at the age of 12 ... Davis Cup player for the Philippines since 2009.
PERSONAL:Son of Sarah and the late Francis Alcantara ... Born Francis Casey Alcantara ... Has two younger brothers, Francis Derrick and Francis Edilbert ... Nickname is "Niño" ... Admires boxer Manny Pacquiao because "I love his work ethic and he never sets aside God" ... Chose Pepperdine "because it has a very good academic program and they have the best tennis coaches in the nation."
FAVORITES: Favorite professional tennis player is Novak Djokovic ... Favorite tennis venue is Wimbledon ... Favorite movie is Gladiator ... Favorite book is Private Games by James Patterson ... Favorite tv show is Suits ... Enjoys basketball, billiards and swimming ... Favorite food is Japanese food.