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Waves Continue Season at Tulsa Wednesday, Home vs. Cal Poly on Sunday


Jan. 28, 2014

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MALIBU, Calif. - After opening the 2014 dual season with a 2-1 record, the Pepperdine men’s tennis team continues with two matches this week. The Waves start with a road dual at Tulsa on Wednesday, before hosting Cal Poly at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center on Sunday at noon.

WAVES’ SOCIAL CIRCLE - Stay informed with up-to-the-minute coverage by following the men’s tennis team on Twitter @PeppTennis ... Like us on Facebook by searching for Pepperdine Men’s Tennis ... Tag us in Instragram photos at PepperdineWaves.

COVERAGE - Live scores coverage will be available for the majority of Pepperdine’s home duals in 2014. In-match updates can also be followed on Twitter @PeppTennis.

ON THE ROAD - Live scores will be available for Wednesday’s match at Tulsa. Links to all available coverage can always be found on the Pepperdine men’s tennis schedule page by clicking on a particular event.

OPPONENT NOTES - #24 Tulsa is 4-2 on the year but trying to shake off a two-match skid following losses to Northwestern and Virginia Tech ... The Golden Hurricane is 4-0 at home ... Carlos Bautista is ranked in singles for Tulsa at #71 ... Cal Poly 0-4 to start the year and plays Nevada at home before heading to Malibu on Sunday ... The Mustangs are under the leadership of former Pepperdine assistant coach Nick Carless.

RANKINGS - Senior Alex Sarkissian opened the 2014 dual season ranked a career-high #33 in singles ... Sarkissian is currently a perfect 3-0 from the No. 1 spot in the lineup ... Fellow senior David Sofaer is ranked #58 and is 1-1 from the No. 2 position ... As a team, Pepperdine is ranked #12 ... New team rankings will be issued on Wednesday.

LOOKING BACK - The Waves opened the dual campaign last week beginning with a 5-2 win at Washington ... Pepperdine then hosted the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, topping San Diego before falling to Cal ... Pedro Leme clinched the 4-2 win over the Toreros, winning the third-set tiebreaker by a 7-5 tally.

LOOKING AHEAD - The Waves break until Saturday, February 22 when the face UCLA at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

PROMISING YOUTH - The 2013-14 recruiting class comprised of Californians Alex Giannini, Stefan Menichella and Alexander Solonin ranked in at #2 on’s list of Top Mid-Major Men’s Classes. Since that list was released, Pepperdine also added Rakshay Thakkar, RJ Evangelista, Guilherme Hadlich, Tom Hill and Pedro Leme to the roster.

RETURNERS - Four student-athletes, three of which who were regulars in last year’s lineup, return in 2013-14. Headlining the list is returning ITA All-American Alex Sarkissian and Francis Alcantara. Sarkissian and Alcantara held down the No. 2 and No. 4 positions in the singles lineup. Also returning is David Sofaer, who held down the No. 6 spot in the lineup in 2013. He has since moved up to No. 2. Kento Tanaka-Tamaki is also back after making a handful of appearances during the 2013 dual season. 

Adam Steinberg - Now in his 12th season as head coach of the Waves, Adam Steinberg boasts career record of 305-156 including a 175-77 mark at Pepperdine. Since setting foot on the Malibu campus in 2003, Steinberg has captured seven WCC conference championships, seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament, and an NCAA Championship crown in 2006. He has tutored 16 Waves to All-American status, and has been named WCC Coach of the Year seven times.  Prior to coming to Pepperdine, Steinberg served as the head coach at Alabama and St. John’s for five seasons apiece.

#PURPOSE - Pepperdine Athletics officially launched its “Competing with Purpose” campaign during Waves Weekend. The campaign highlights the commitment to our core values that student-athletes, coaches and staff dedicate themselves to daily. Competing with Purpose provides the foundation on which champions are built.

ABOUT PEPPERDINE - Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports – one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat – and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that’s given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation’s most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.



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