Waves Top Washington to Move on to Round of 16
May 12, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – The #7 Pepperdine men’s tennis team defeated a very talented Washington squad, 4-0 on Saturday afternoon to advance to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament. This is the first time since 2008 the Waves have reached the third round of the team championships and the fourth time since head coach Adam Steinberg took over in 2003.
Pepperdine extends its win streak to 22 and boasts a 25-6 overall record, marking the most wins in a season since 2006 when the Waves won the NCAA Championship title and went a program-record 36-2. The Huskies, ranked #28, conclude their season with a 17-9 record.
Once again, the Waves proved their strength in doubles. Hugh Clarke (Brisbane, Australia/Brisbane Boys College) and David Sofaer (Bellevue Hill, Australia/Sydney Distance Learning HS) defeated Jeff Hawke and Max Manthou, 8-4, to improve their season record to 22-3. Twenty-two wins in a single dual season ties for seventh in Pepperdine’s record book.
Alex Llompart (Carolina, Puerto Rico/San Juan Educational School) and Finn Tearney (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington College) secured the doubles point with an 8-2 triumph versus Kyle McMorrow and Martin Bots.
Washington did not go away quietly, however. Yesterday, the Huskies dropped the doubles point to North Carolina State but were able to fire back in singles to win 4-1.
Jenson Turner (Woodland Hills, Calif./Campbell Hall HS) put away a 6-1, 6-0 decision versus Nicholas Kamisar, while Llompart downed Emmett Egger, 6-1, 6-1.
Although the Waves controlled a 3-0 lead, the four remaining matches were incredibly close with no clear frontrunner.
Tearney was down a set and trailed 1-3 in the second frame before coming from behind and forcing a tiebreaker at 6-6.
In the top match, Sebastian Fanselow (Essen, Germany/Kaplan College Prep) lost the first set 6-3 to McMorrow before bouncing back with a 6-2 triumph in set two.
Clarke also split sets, and was battling in the third stanza against Viktor Farkas.
But it was Mousheg Hovhannisyan (North Hollywood, Calif./Continental Academy) who clinched the win for Pepperdine. The junior won the first set 6-2, before battling from behind to edge Max Manthou 6-4 in the second.
The Waves will face #20-ranked Tulsa on May 18, at 4 p.m. (PT). The Hurricane upset #10 Oklahoma, 4-1, to punch their ticket to Athens, Ga. During the regular-season meeting between Pepperdine and Tulsa back in February, the Waves won 4-3.
#7 Pepperdine 4, #28 Washington 0