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Stefan Menichella
Stefan Menichella

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Santa Barbara, Calif.

High School:
University HS

Height:
6-5

Experience:
1V

PEPPERDINE 2013-14: Appeared in 27 of the season's 30 dual matches as a freshman ... Went 18-14 overall, including a 12-10 mark in dual action ... Played mostly in the No. 4 spot in the singles lineup, producing an 8-8 record ... Moved to the No. 1 slot vs. BYU (3/29) and topped the Cougar's ace 6-4, 6-4 ... Tallied a 7-6 overall doubles record, going 1-2 in four dual season appearances ... 2-5 vs. ranked opponents ... Won four in a row to reach the consolation finals of the Battle in the Bay Classic in the fall ... Defeated #97 Nolan Paige during the consolation semifinals in straight sets ... Also topped #113 Andre Goransson 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) on March 23 ... Went 3-2 in singles vs. WCC opponents ... Went 4-4 in doubles when playing with David Sofaer.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from University High School, located in Irvine, Calif., in 2013 ... Part of recruiting class ranked #2 in TennisRecruiting.net's list of Top Mid-Major Men's Classes ... Blue chip recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net and ranked as high as #17 by the website ... Played four seasons of varsity tennis at University High School for head coach John Kessler ... Helped capture four CIF team titles ... Four-time all-county and all-city selection ... Two-year team captain ... 2012 Grand Rapids National Open singles champion ... Winner of both the 2012 Los Caballeros and 2013 Anaheim Designated tournaments ... Won the 2012 Tucson Regional Segment tournament ... 2012 and 2013 National High School All-American team ... Ojai CIF Doubles Champion with partner Drew Dawson ... 2011 and 2012 Griggs Cup winner.

PERSONAL: Born in Santa Barbara, Calif. ... Son of Adele and Lee Menichella ... Both parents swam at Harvard ... Plans to major in business ... Chose Pepperdine because "I really liked the coaches and players as well as the beautiful campus. I'm really excited to go to a school so strong academically and to play at a top-10 tennis program."

FAVORITES: Favorite pro athlete is Kobe Bryant ... Favorite book is Open by Andre Agassi ... Favorite pro team is the Los Angeles Lakers ... Favorite movie is Anchorman ... Favorite musical artist is Eminem ... Favorite tv shows are Entourage and Breaking Bad ... Favorite sport other than tennis is basketball ... Favorite food is steak.

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