Alcantara, Sarkissian Take Home WCC Weekly Honors
April 16, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – For a record sixth time this season, senior duo Francis Alcantara and Alex Sarkissian of the Pepperdine men’s tennis team were awarded West Coast Conference Doubles Team of the Week honors. The #9-ranked pair enters today’s regular-season finale with an impressive 18-4 dual record, including an unblemished 6-0 mark vs. league opponents.
The WCC Doubles Team of the Week award could easily be renamed after Sarkissian (Glendale, Calif./Glendale CC) and Alcantara (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines/Fresno State). The Waves’ No. 1 team has won the award six of the possible 10 times.
Sarkissian and Alcantara picked up two more wins on the road last week to extend their streak to five in a row. Even more impressive, the #9-ranked duo has won 11 of the last 12 since the end of the February.
Last week, Pepperdine traveled to both Pacific and Saint Mary’s, winning 4-1 on both accounts to improve to 8-0 in the WCC. Although the Tigers’ Marlon Brand and Daniel Alameh, as well as Joakim Norstrom and Thomas Hunt of Saint Mary’s, both challenged Sarkissian and Alcantara, the Waves held off any upset bids and won both matches 8-6.
Sarkissian and Alcantara are now 20-5 overall, 18-4 in dual action and a perfect 6-0 against conference opponents.
#48 Pepperdine concludes the regular season today at #45 San Diego. Both teams enter the contest undefeated in league play. A win for the Waves would clinch the 2014 WCC Regular-Season Championship title.
WCC Men's Tennis Singles Player of the Week
WCC Men's Tennis Doubles Team of the Week
Feb. 11: Francis Alcantara/Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine
Feb. 18: Ratan Gill/Alex Ferrero, Portland
Feb. 25: Francis Alcantara/Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine
March 4: John Lamble/Ilya Osintsev, Santa Clara
March 13: Ciaran Fitzgerald/Andrew Raphaelson, San Diego
March 19: Francis Alcantara/Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine
March 26: Francis Alcantara/Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine
April 1: Todd Volmari/Sebastian Bustamante, Loyola Marymount
April 8: Francis Alcantara/Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine
April 16: Francis Alcantara/Alex Sarkissian, Pepperdine