Waves Host UC Irvine on Wednesday
UPCOMING Â The No. 14 Pepperdine men’s tennis team (1-1) hosts UC Irvine and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this week.
MATCH #3 Â PEPPERDINE VS. UC IRVINE (Jan. 21, @ 1 p.m.) at the Ralph-Straus Tennis Center, Malibu, Calif. Â The Waves host the No. 63 Anteaters on Wednesday.
UC Irvine kicks off its season against Pepperdine with six players making their debut as an Anteater. Sophomore Khunpol Issara and junior Zac Tsai return for Irvine after earning All-Big West nonors in 2008.
NOTRE DAME RECAPÂ In an intense match that game down to a tie-breaker in the final singles set, Pepperdine men’s tennis team notched its first team win of the season against Notre Dame, 4-3, on Friday afternoon.
"This is a great win for a young team," said head coach Adam Steinberg. "We were in the same position last year against Michigan and we lost. It’s -20 degrees here and we’re playing indoors. We need to play better to be Illinois tomorrow."
ILLINOIS RECAPÂ The No.14 Pepperdine men’s tennis team suffered a 6-1 loss to University of Illinois, on Saturday evening.
Illinois secured the doubles point after winning all three of its matches. In singles, Bassam Beidas (Cairo, Egypt) and Omar Altmann (Cairo, Egypt) went three sets each before No.112 Beidas fell to No. 23 Roy Kalmanovich. No. 51 Altmann was the Waves lone winner with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-2, upset over No. 41 Dennis Nevolo.
PEPPERDINE IN THE POLLS Â The Waves are No. 14 in the latest ITA national rankings.
ITA INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS Â Omar Altmann (Cairo, Egypt) is ranked No. 52 in singles while teammates Mahmoud Kamel (Paris, France) and Bassam Beidas (Cairo, Egypt) are ranked 58 and 123 respectively.
ALTMANN/BEIDAS Â The doubles team of Omar Altmann and Bassam Beidas hold the No. 45 ranking in doubles.
2008 ALL AMERICANS Â Andre Begemann (Blomberg, Germany) and
Bassam Beidas were named as 2008 All-Americans after finishing in the top 16 at the NCAA Nationals. Begemann made it to the semi-finals, while Beidas reached the quarterfinals.
COACH STEINBERG Â Coach Adam Steinberg is in his seventh year as head coach. His 2006 Waves won the national championship. His team has won six WCC championships and has made six NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2006 he was named National Coach of the Year and has been named WCC Coach of the Year three times.
Coach Steinberg has had 10 players named All-American and have been All-WCC first team selections 16 times in singles and 10 times in doubles. A Pepperdine athlete has been named WCC Player of the Year in each of his seven seasons.
COACH CARLESS Â Coach Nick Carless begins his second season as assistant coach. Coach Carless began his career at Pepperdine as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2006 national championship team. He spent one year at Northwestern University as an assistant coach in 2006-07, before returning to Malibu.
PEPPERDINE HISTORY Â Pepperdine men’s tennis was first established in 1940. The team’s all-time WCC record is 985-331. The Waves have won a total of 38 WCC Tournament titles and are on an 17 title streak. Pepperdine has made 33 NCAA appearances with the last being in 2008. The Waves have made a showing in the last 19 NCAA tournaments.
WAVES IN THE PRO’S Â Pepperdine has produced remarkably talented players who moved on to professional careers as players and coaches.
Three-time All-American Andre Begemann is the most recent to turn professional after graduating from Pepperdine in August, 2008. He is currently ranked No. 426 in the world and continues to move-up.
Brad Gilbert and Glenn Michibata are two of the most well-known players who came about in the 1980’s. A 1982 All-American, Gilbert has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world in 1990. As a coach, Gilbert is known as one of the best guiding both Andre Agassi and Any Roddick to Grand Slam titles. A three-time All-American, Michibata spent 10 years as a professional and climbed as high as No. 48 in 1986. He is currently in his ninth year as head coach at Princeton.
Robbie Weiss holds the distinction of being Pepperdine’s lone NCAA singles champion in 1988, turned pro and was a top 100 player. In 2008, Weiss was inducted into the ITA Hall of Fame as well as the Pepperdine Hall of Fame. Kelly Jones was a part of both of Pepperdine’s NCAA doubles titles and as a professional, Jones achieved the No. 1 doubles ranking with Rick Leach in 1992. He was a finalist in three Grand Slam doubles events, including Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open.
Simon Aspelin (1994-97) of Sweden was a four-time All-American and has won 10 career titles and was part of the 2007 U.S. Open winning doubles team. Aspelin and Swiss teammate Thomas Johansson took home the silver medal at the 2008 Bejing Olympics after being defeated by Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the finals.