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Beidas' Career Ends in NCAA Round of 16


 
 

May 28, 2010

ATHENS, Ga. - The outstanding collegiate career of Pepperdine senior Bassam Beidas came to an end on Friday as he lost in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships.

Beidas (Cairo, Egypt), ranked #32, was unable to pull off another upset and fell to 10th-ranked Dimitar Kutrovsky of Texas, 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-2.

"Bassam had a good start and won a tough first set," Pepperdine Coach Adam Steinberg said. "He pulled something in his abdomen in the first game of the second set and just couldn't get past that. It really affected him. He won't make excuses, but he couldn't play the way he wanted to play. He was a little tired from yesterday, plus the Texas player was very good."

On Thursday, Beidas defeated seventh-ranked Alex Lacroix of Florida in three sets, and also played a three-set match in the first round of doubles. Beidas was knocked out of both tournaments by Kutrovsky, as the doubles team from Texas beat Beidas and sophomore Alex Llompart (Carolina, Puerto Rico).

Still, reaching the Round of 16 assured Beidas of All-American honors for the third straight year. He earned that status in singles in 2008 and in doubles in 2009. He and Andre Begemann (2006-08) are Pepperdine's only three-time All-Americans since Simon Aspelin ended a run of four straight All-American honors in 1997. Beidas finished with a 33-12 record in singles this year and a career mark of 93-33.

"Bassam will go down as the one of the greatest players we've had in Pepperdine tennis history," Steinberg said. "He's definitely the best competitor I've ever coached. Nobody cared about the team more than him. He put the team first and then himself. He had a great four years and hopefully he'll now go on to a great pro career."

NCAA SINGLES TOURNAMENT

May 26 First Round: #32 Bassam Beidas d. #55 James Meredith (Boise State), 7-6 (4), 6-3

 

 

May 27 Second Round: Beidas d. #7 Alex Lacroix (Florida), 4-6, 7-5, 7-5

May 28 Round of 16: #10 Dimitar Kutrovsky (Texas) d. Beidas, 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-2

NCAA DOUBLES TOURNAMENT

May 27 First Round: #6 Dimitar Kutrovsky/Josh Zavala (Texas) d. #27 Beidas/Llompart, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2


May 27, 2010

ATHENS, Ga. - Pepperdine senior Bassam Beidas clinched All-American status for the third straight year with a second-round upset of seventh-ranked Alex Lacroix of Florida at the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships on Thursday.

Beidas (Cairo, Egypt), ranked #32, battled back to win in three sets (4-6, 7-5, 7-5) against Lacroix, who was seeded #8 in the tournament. He trailed 5-3 in the third set but won the final four games.

"This was one of the best matches Bassam has played in his four years," Pepperdine Coach Adam Steinberg said. "It came against a great player from Florida, and the level of tennis was so high for three hours. Bassam did an amazing job getting through it. It was 95 degrees, he was cramping a little bit, and he gutted his way through it. He played the last four games incredibly smart and found a way to win."

Beidas was one of just four non-seeded players to advance to Friday's Round of 16. Reaching the final 16 in singles assures a player of All-American honors. Beidas earned that status in singles in 2008 and in doubles in 2009. He won for the 11th time in his last 12 matches and improved to 33-11 this season.

Unfortunately, the effort needed to win the singles match may have cost the Waves in doubles later on Thursday, as Beidas and sophomore Alex Llompart (Carolina, Puerto Rico) lost their first-round match to sixth-ranked Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala of Texas, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

"He was a little tired in doubles, but they started off well before fading a bit," Steinberg said. "Their energy level dropped and the Texas team picked it up and starting playing very well. Our guys couldn't get it going in the third set. I know they're disappointed, but Bassam and Alex had a great year and deserve credit for getting into the tournament."

Beidas will have another crack at Texas' Kutrovsky, as the two will meet in the Round of 16 on Friday. Kutrovsky is ranked #10 and was seeded in the #9-16 range.

NCAA SINGLES TOURNAMENT

May 26 First Round: #32 Bassam Beidas d. #55 James Meredith (Boise State), 7-6 (4), 6-3

May 27 Second Round: Beidas d. #7 Alex Lacroix (Florida), 4-6, 7-5, 7-5

NCAA DOUBLES TOURNAMENT

May 27 First Round: #6 Dimitar Kutrovsky/Josh Zavala (Texas) d. #27 Beidas/Llompart, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2


May 26, 2010

ATHENS, Ga. - Pepperdine senior Bassam Beidas opened the 2010 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships with a first-round victory over James Meredith of Boise State on Wednesday.

Beidas (Cairo, Egypt), ranked #32, won by the score of 7-6 (4), 6-3 against Meredith, who is ranked #55. Beidas had lost to Meredith in straight sets in Malibu on March 30 but evened the score today. Beidas improved to 32-11 this season in singles and has won 10 of his last 11 matches.

Beidas' second-round match will be on Thursday against Alexandre Lacroix of Florida, who is ranked #7 in the nation and seeded #8 in the tournament. With a victory, Beidas would advance to the Round of 16 and earn All-American honors for the third straight year.

Beidas and sophomore Alex Llompart (Carolina, Puerto Rico) begin the NCAA Doubles Tournament on Thursday against the #6-ranked team of Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala of Texas.

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