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.
Francis Alcantara and Alex Sarkissian improve to 7-1 after doubles win today.
Pepperdine's senior doubles pair upsets NCAA's top-ranked doubles team.
Pepperdine def. San Diego 4-1 in the opening round at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
Waves def. BYU, 4-3, to win the WCC Tournament for the 40th official time in program history. Photos by Kyle Terada.
NCAA Semifinals: Pepperdine def. Georgia, 4-3
CAREER: Through three seasons, has a singles record of 43-31 overall and 29-17 in duals, and a doubles record of 53-24 overall and 41-13 in duals.
PEPPERDINE 2012-13: Went 23-15 in singles as a junior, including a 19-9 mark in duals ... Posted a 19-14 doubles record, including a 15-9 record in duals ... WCC All-Academic first team ... Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar ... WCC Doubles Team of the Month (January) ... Played mostly from the No. 6 spot in the singles lineup, going 14-7 ... Went 4-2 when playing at No. 5 and won lone appearance from the No. 4 spot ... 1-1 against ranked opponents ... Defeated #88 Max de Vroom of USC, 6-4, 6-1 on March 8 ...Posted a 15-8 dual-season record with Mousheg Hovhannisyan, the most wins by any doubles team this season ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "silver" honors.
PEPPERDINE 2011-12: Went 24-4 in duals with doubles partner Hugh Clarke ... That mark ranks second for number of wins in a single season in the Pepperdine record book, and tied for 10th in overall winning percentage (.857) ... Went 28-5 overall with Clarke ... Tallied a 11-9 overall singles record as a sophomore, including 6-4 in dual play ... In doubles, went 32-6 overall and 26-4 in duals ... With Clarke, clinched the doubles point against a Georgia duo with a 9-7 victory in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament ... Played primarily from the No. 3 spot in the doubles lineup, where the pair went 22-4 ... Won 19 doubles matches in a row before suffering a loss in the NCAA Tournament semifinals ... Played from No. 4-6 in the singles lineup ... Went 2-0 at #4, 2-1 at #5 and 2-3 at #6 ... All-WCC honorable mention in doubles ... Won the doubles draw at the Battle in the Bay Classic alongside Clarke ... Duo ranked #8 in the final ITA Southwest Regional rankings ... WCC All-Academic first team ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors.
PEPPERDINE 2010-11: Went 9-7 in singles overall and 4-4 in dual play as a freshmen ... In doubles, posts a record of 2-4 (all in tournament play) ... Played from the #5 and #6 spots in the singles lineup, mostly at #6 where he went 4-3 ... His first win of the dual season (versus Torsten Wietscka of Duke) clinched the 4-3 team win for Pepperdine ... 1-2 versus ranked opponents ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Sydney Distance Education High School in 2009 ... Gold medalist at the 2009 Maccabiah Games in singles and silver medalist in doubles ... Advanced to the Round of 16 in juniors doubles at the Australian Open ... Reached #63 in the ITF junior rankings ... Competed in juniors singles at Wimbledon in 2009.
PERSONAL: Born in Hong Kong ... Resides in Bellevue Hill, New South Wales, Australia ... Son of Isaac and Susanna Sofaer ... Has two brothers, Joseph and Benji ... Majoring in advertising ... Enrolled at Pepperdine in January of 2010 ... Chose Pepperdine because of "the great coaches and teammates, the location, the academics and its reputation."
FAVORITES: Favorite hobbies outside of tennis include playing soccer and hanging out with teammates ... Favorite TV show is Law and Order: Special Victims Unit ... Favorite movie is Primal Fear ... Favorite sports other than tennis is soccer and favorite team is Liverpool FC ... Favorite musical artists are Tim Berg, Tiesto and Deadmau5 ... Favorite food is Chinese.