WCC Regular Season Title on the Line vs. San Diego
April 15, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The #48 Pepperdine men’s tennis team ends the regular season on Wednesday with a dual vs. West Coast Conference rival and #45-ranked San Diego. Although it will not be the final match for USD, the outcome will likely determine the 2014 WCC Regular Season Champion, as both teams enter the contest undefeated in league play.
MATCH 28 - #48 Pepperdine (16-11, 8-0 WCC) at #45 San Diego (12-7, 6-0 WCC) | April 16 | Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center | 3 p.m.
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LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine extended its win streak to six in a row last week with road victories at Pacific and Saint Mary’s ... With those wins, the Waves secured a top-two seed at the WCC Tournament ... The No. 1 and No. 2 seeded teams at the league championship receive a bye into the semifinal round ... Pepperdine met San Diego at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend back in January and won 4-1.
LOOKING AHEAD - Regardless of the outcome of Wednesday’s match, Pepperdine is guaranteed a top-two seed at the WCC Tournament, and a bye into the semifinal round ... Play will begin for the Waves on Friday, April 25 at the Barnes Tennis Center and a champion will be crowned on Saturday.
SAN DIEGO - The Toreros are 12-7 on the year and 6-0 in league matches ... After Wednesday’s meeting with Pepperdine, USD rounds out the regular season vs. Gonzaga and Portland ... San Diego is currently the highest ranked team in the WCC at #45 ... Pepperdine is 135-3 all-time in the WCC but all three losses have come against the Toreros.
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - The Waves have already collected their fair share of conference honors this season ... Alex Sarkissian was the first player in the league to repeat as WCC Singles Player of the Week (2/11, 3/13) ... Sarkissian and Francis Alcantara have been voted WCC Doubles Team of the Week five of the possible nine times (2/11, 2/25, 3/16, 3/26, 4/8) ... Alcantara picked up his first Singles Player of the Week nod on March 26.
RANKINGS - Senior Alex Sarkissian opened the 2014 dual season ranked a then career-high #33 in singles, has since moved up to as high as #27 and is currently #29 ... Fellow senior David Sofaer reached as high as #58 in the singles rankings ... Sarkissian and Francis Alcantara are ranked #9 in doubles ... As a team, Pepperdine is ranked #48.
SINGLES LINEUP - Seniors Alex Sarkissian, Francis Alcantara and David Sofaer hold down the top half of the Waves’ lineup ... Pedro Leme and Stefan Menichella log the most time at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions ... Six different student-athletes have made their way into the final lineup spot including Tom Hill, Rakshay Thakkar, Alexander Solonin, Kento Tanaka-Tamaki, RJ Evangelista and Alex Giannini.
PROMISING YOUTH - The 2013-14 recruiting class comprised of Californians Alex Giannini, Stefan Menichella and Alexander Solonin ranked in at #2 on TennisRecruiting.net’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.
Adam Steinberg - Now in his 12th season as head coach of the Waves, Adam Steinberg boasts career record of 319-166 including a 189-87 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.