Freshman Alexander Solonin comes through in the clutch to send the Waves to a 4-3 victory on the road.
Alex Sarkissian, Francis Alcantara and Stefan Menichella post singles victories for Pepperdine today.
Waves improve to 2-0 in West Coast Conference play after today's win over USF.
Kento Tanaka-Tamaki clinches the win for the Waves in his first appearance in the singles lineup of 2014.
Free pizza will be served during Pepperdine's 4 p.m. match vs. USC on Friday.
PEPPERDINE 2012-13: Went 5-7 overall in singles, including 3-2 in duals ... Went 1-6 in doubles, with an 0-2 mark in duals ... Earned dual season singles victories against opponents from Pacific, San Francisco and Gonzaga ... Reached the semifinals of the Lakewood Ranch Clay Court Classic with Finn Tearney after defeating Michael Alford and Thomas Proisy of Florida, 8-1.
PEPPERDINE 2011-12: Went 1-4 in singles as a freshman, including 1-1 I duals ... In doubles, went 5-3 overall and 1-1 in duals ... Earned first collegiate singles victory against Abilene Christian's Michael Morris, 4-6, 6-4, 11-9 ... Went 4-2 alongside Alex Llompart at the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship ... Reached the consolation semifinals before losing to #5-ranked Chris Konigsfeldt and Nick Andrews of Cal in three sets.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School in 2011 ... Was a four-year varsity team member ... Three-time Maui Interscholastic League Player of the Year ... State runner-up in singles as a senior ... Concluded high school career with a singles record of 50-5 ... Also lettered in basketball, soccer, baseball and cross country ... MIL Second Team All-Star in basketball ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Competed in both the boys' singles and doubles events at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. ... Played for the Hawaii Junior Davis Cup Team.
PERSONAL: Calls the town of Kihei on the Hawaiian island of Maui home ... Son of Kanako Tamaki and Yuji Tanaka ... Majoring in sports medicine ... Enrolled at Pepperdine in the fall of 2011.
FAVORITES: Favorite pro tennis player is Fernando Verdasco ... Favorite movies are Shooter, The Hangover and Step Brothers ... Favorite musical artists at Matisyahu, Jack Johnson and Kid Cudi ... Enjoys watching ESPN ... Favorite foods are Mexican and Italian ... Favorite sports other than tennis are basketball, soccer, baseball and cross country.