April 10, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The #8-ranked Pepperdine men’s tennis team plays in its final home matches of the regular season this week beginning with a Thursday, April 12 contest versus Portland. The Waves battle both Gonzaga and Abilene Christian on Saturday, April 14.
MATCH #23 - Thursday (April 12) at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center: #8 Pepperdine (16-6, 5-0 WCC) vs. Portland (11-5, 2-2 WCC) at 3:00 p.m. Note: Match was originally scheduled for Friday, but moved due to weather forecast.
MATCH #24 - Saturday (April 14) at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center: #8 Pepperdine vs. Gonzaga (8-8, 1-3 WCC) at 11 a.m. (Senior Day)
MATCH #25 - Saturday (April 14) at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center: #8 Pepperdine vs. Abilene Christian (16-7) at 5 p.m.
COVERAGE - Live scoring updates will be available for Saturday’s match vs. Gonzaga and can be accessed at: http://www.pepperdinesports.com/livestats/m-tennis/xlive.htm
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SENIOR DAY - Prior to the match against Gonzaga on Saturday, seniors Hugh Clarke, Alex Llompart, Daniel Moss and Jenson Turner will be recognized. In their four seasons as Waves, the squad has posted a record of 71-32 and has won two WCC Championships.
STREAKING - As a team, the Waves have won 13 duals in a row. Individually, Sebastian Fanselow has won the last 11 consecutive singles matches, followed by Alex Llompart, who is on a seven match win streak. In doubles, Hugh Clarke and David Sofaer are 10-0 in the last 10 contests. Fanselow and Jenson Turner are 8-2 in the last ten matches.
LOOKING BACK - The Waves went 2-0 last week, defeating #17 San Diego and Saint Mary’s on the road to improve to 5-0 in the WCC.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS - With a career singles win tally of 65 (dual matches only), senior Alex Llompart is just five victories shy of inking his name in the Pepperdine record book. Former Waves Troy Budgen, Anthony Ross and Scott Doerner all amassed 70 wins during their time at Pepperdine. Sebastian Fanselow and Jenson Turner’s career win total as a doubles team currently stands at 29, which ties for seventh in Wave history.
WHAT’S NEXT - Pepperdine plays Fresno State on the road on Wednesday, April 18 (moved from April 11). They close out the regular season with a match at BYU on April 21, followed by the WCC Tournament on April 26-28 in San Diego.
TEAM RANKINGS - The Waves are currently ranked #8 in the ITA rankings. Other WCC schools to be recognized as a top-75 team include San Diego (#19), Santa Clara (#32) and BYU (#45).
SINGLED OUT - The latest individual rankings were released on April 10 and several Waves have earned a spot in the poll. In singles, three Pepperdine student-athletes are currently ranked including Sebastian Fanselow (#10), Finn Tearney (#16) and Mousheg Hovhannisyan (#80). In doubles, Tearney and Llompart are listed at #4. New individual rankings come out on Tuesday, April 17.
PORTLAND - The Pilots are 11-5 overall and 2-2 in the league. Alex Ferrero boasts the best singles record at 9-5, while in doubles he and Michael Hu Kwo are 13-3. Portland is 2-4 against ranked teams this season.
GONZAGA - The Bulldogs are 8-8, including a 1-3 mark in the WCC. Alvaro Nazal is 10-5 from the top spot in the lineup, while Scott Sullivan is 7-1 from the No. 6 spot.
ABILENE CHRISTIAN - ACU is 16-7 and ranked #16 in the ITA Division II team rankings. Hans Hach is listed T-6 in the singles rankings, and he and partner Nick Plum are listed T-6 in the doubles rankings. ACU is 3-6 against Division I squads this season.
WCC DOUBLES TEAM OF THE MONTH - Alex Llompart and Finn Tearney jumped from #53 to #4 in the ITA Collegiate Doubles Rankings on February 28, and for good reason. The Wave duo tallied three wins during the month of February against pairs that were listed in the top-10. Llompart and Tearney have reaches as high as #2 but currently are back down to #4 in the polls.
SEB IN SINGLES - Junior Sebastian Fanselow is 17-3 in singles so far this dual season, including a 13-2 record from the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Fanselow is currently riding a 11-match win streak, including two victories versus players ranked in the top-five.
ONE-TWO PUNCH - Finn Tearney, who is 15-4 in duals, provides a lot of depth at the top of the lineup. Since moving to the No. 2, he is 12-3 and has won nine of the last 10 matches. Since the dual season started in January, the junior is 10-4 against ranked opponents.
DOUBLES - In addition to Finn Tearney and Alex Llompart, Australian natives Hugh Clarke and David Sofaer have paired up in doubles and boast the teams’ best overall record at 19-4. In dual action, they hold down the No. 3 spot with an 14-3 record and have won their last 10 matches.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE - The Waves boast one of the toughest schedules in the country, and have already played 15 teams ranked in the top-25, with eight of those teams listed in the top-10.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH RECAP - Finn Tearney picked up West Coast Conference Singles Player of the Month honors after reaching the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championships on Oct. 20-24. Although the junior has earned doubles player of the month recognition on four occasions, this was the first time he was honored for his success in singles. Sebastian Fanselow earned the same award for the month of November.
THE LINEUP - In singles, Sebastian Fanselow and Finn Tearney trade time in the top two spots, while Alex Llompart and Mousheg Hovhannisyan hold down the middle of the lineup. Hugh Clarke, Jenson Turner and David Sofaer share time playing at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots. Llompart and Tearney play No. 1 doubles, while Fanselow and Turner have been a mainstay at No. 2. Clarke and Sofaer team up to play No. 3 doubles.
Adam Steinberg — Now in his 10th season as head coach of the Waves, Adam Steinberg enters the 2011 season with a career record of 324-145 (.691) including a 194-66 (.746) mark at Pepperdine. Since setting foot on the Malibu campus in 2003, Steinberg has captured eight WCC conference championships, eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, and an NCAA Championship crown in 2006. He has tutored 15 Waves to All-American status, and has been named WCC Coach of the Year five times. Prior to coming to Pepperdine, Steinberg served as the head coach at Alabama and St. John’s for five seasons apiece.
TENNIS HISTORY — The Pepperdine men’s tennis program is synonymous with the word excellence, as the Waves are a perennial national power. The Waves have advanced to postseason play 35 times in 38 seasons, including an NCAA championship in 2006. Within the WCC, Pepperdine has dominated the competition, winning 41 conference championships since 1958.
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 enrollment and is the only school not in a major conference. 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 #55 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges. The 2011-12 school year marks Pepperdine’s 75th anniversary.