April 17, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The #7-ranked Pepperdine men’s tennis team enters the final week of the regular season and plays at #34 Fresno State on Wednesday, April 18 before taking on #52 BYU on Saturday, April 21.
MATCH #26 - Wednesday (April 18) at Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center: #7 Pepperdine (19-6, 7-0 WCC) at #34 Fresno State (16-3) at 3:30 p.m.
MATCH #27 - Saturday (April 21) at BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts: #7 Pepperdine at #52 BYU (13-7, 3-2 WCC) at 11 a.m. (PT)
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STREAKING - As a team, the Waves have won 16 duals in a row. Individually, Sebastian Fanselow has won the last 12 consecutive singles matches, followed by Alex Llompart, who is on a 10 match win streak. In doubles, Hugh Clarke and David Sofaer are 11-0 in the last 11 contests. Fanselow and Jenson Turner are 9-1 in the last 10 matches.
LOOKING BACK - The Waves went 3-0 last week, defeating Portland, Gonzaga and Abilene Christian at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS - With a career singles win tally of 68 (dual matches only), senior Alex Llompart is just two 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 to rank tied for 10th. Sebastian Fanselow and Jenson Turner’s career win total as a doubles team currently stands at 30, which ranks seventh in Wave history.
WHAT’S NEXT - Pepperdine heads to the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif. for the 2012 West Coast Conference Championship on April 26-28. The Waves have won 41 total league championships and are currently the highest ranked squad heading into the event.
TEAM RANKINGS - The Waves are currently ranked #7 in the ITA rankings. Other WCC schools to be recognized as a top-75 team include San Diego (#25), Santa Clara (#30) and BYU (#52).
SINGLED OUT - The latest individual rankings were released on April 17 and several Waves have earned a spot in the poll. In singles, three Pepperdine student-athletes are currently ranked including Sebastian Fanselow (#9 - career best), Finn Tearney (#20) and Mousheg Hovhannisyan (#95). In doubles, Tearney and Llompart are listed at #6.
FRESNO STATE - The Bulldogs are 16-3 this season, having only lost to UCLA, Tulsa and Boise State. Fresno State and Pepperdine battled for over eight hours in January but the rain eventually won out and the dual ended in a 3-3 tie. Remi Boutillier is ranked #25 in singles, Francis Alcantara is listed at #52 and together, the pairs is ranked #80 in doubles.
BYU - The Cougars are 13-7 this season, including a 3-2 mark in WCC play. BYU has been strong at home, and boast a 27-1 record over the last three years when playing in Provo, Utah. Georgy Batrakov #74 Patrick Kawka #97. BYU’s two conference losses were both narrow 4-3 decisions to Santa Clara and San Diego.
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 #6 in the polls.
SEB IN SINGLES - Junior Sebastian Fanselow is 18-3 in singles so far this dual season, including a 14-2 record from the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Fanselow is currently riding a 12-match win streak, including two victories versus players ranked in the top-five.
ONE-TWO PUNCH - Finn Tearney, who is 17-4 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 20-4. In dual action, they hold down the No. 3 spot with an 16-3 record and have won their last 11 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.