Pepperdine Holds Off Stanford Upset Bid, 4-3
April 11, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. -
The Pepperdine Waves have won three straight heading into their final two regular-season matches after holding off the Stanford Cardinal, 4-3, at the
This was Pepperdine's first trip back to the site of where it won the program's first national title less than a year ago.
Things got off to a rocky start for Pepperdine as its No. 1 doubles team of Omar Altmann and Richard Johnson dropped an 8-3 decision to Matt Bruch and Blake Muller. Andre Begeman and Mahmoud Kamel evened the count with an 8-5 win over Richard Wire and Paul Morrissey on court No. 2 and Bassam Beidas and James Lemke secured the point for the visiting Waves with an 8-4 victory on court No. 3
Muller handed Lemke a straight-set loss on court No. 3 to tie the match at 1-1 but Begemann regained the Pepperdine edge with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Bruch at the No. 1 position. Eric McKean handed Johnson a 6-4, 6-4 defeat at the No. 4 position to knot the match at 2-2 and just three matches remaining.
Kamel pulled Pepperdine within one point of clinching the match with a 7-5, 6-0 victory at the No. 6 position but when Kevin Kaiser squeaked past Altmann, 7-6, 7-5 at the No. 5 position, all eyes turned to the one match that went three sets.
Beidas took a 1-0 lead in his match against Wire, 7-6, only to fall in the second set by the same score. But in the third and final set, it was all Beidas who clinched the victory with a 6-1 third-set victory.
Pepperdine closes out the 2007 regular season with two home matches, the first against
Doubles (Pepperdine wins doubles point)