Sarkissian Named WCC Player of the Year
April 21, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – The West Coast Conference unveiled the 2014 all-conference awards today and for the 16th time in 17 seasons, a member of the Pepperdine men’s tennis team was named the WCC Player of the Year. Alex Sarkissian took home the league’s top honor, and was joined by fellow seniors Francis Alcantara and David Sofaer as All-WCC selections.
Sarkissian (Glendale, Calif./Glendale CC) and doubles partner Alcantara (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines/Fresno State) made the first-team roster in both singles and doubles. Sofaer (Bellevue Hill, Australia/Sydney Distance Education HS) made his debut on the all-conference team, garnering second-team acclaim in singles.
Other major awards went to Aaron Gross of Portland, voted WCC Coach of the Year by his peers, and Pacific’s Miguel Diaz, the WCC Freshman of the Year.
Sarkissian has been the top-ranked player in the conference all season long, reaching as high as #27 in the singles rankings. He boasts a 23-10 overall record, including a 15-10 mark in dual play. He was the first player in 2014 to repeat as a WCC Player of the Week, taking the award home twice.
Not only does the Glendale native impress in singles, he’s also been dominant on the doubles court in 2014 alongside Alcantara. The duo has enjoyed a top-10 ranking for much of the season and enters the WCC Tournament this weekend with a 20-6 overall record.
Sarkissian and Alcantara owned the WCC Doubles Team of the Week award this season, winning the title in six of the possible 10 weeks it has been issued.
Alcantara was honored for the first time in singles in the conference awards, after picking up first-team status in doubles in 2013. He went 20-9 overall in singles, playing mostly at No. 2 in the lineup. The senior even picked up a victory at No. 1 this season, downing Hawaii’s ace in straight sets back in March.
Sofaer made the biggest jump in singles this season, going from No. 6 in 2013 to the top half of the lineup in 2014. After a successful fall, Sofaer could be found in the national singles rankings for over half of the dual season and reached as high as #58. He is 21-11 overall and owns a team-best 6-0 record versus WCC opponents.
Pepperdine opens the WCC Tournament in the semifinals on Friday at 9 a.m. The Waves will face Portland, BYU, Pacific or Gonzaga. The finals are scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday. Full coverage can be found at the WCC Tournament Central.
2014 WEST COAST CONFERENCE INDIVIDUAL HONORS
2014 All-WCC Men’s Tennis Team
Singles – Second Team
Singles – Honorable Mention: Miguel Diaz, Pacific; Andrey Goryachkov, BYU; Romain Kalaydjian, San Diego; Nick Kamisar, Gonzaga; Ashot Khacharyan, Santa Clara; Reid deLaubenfels, Portland; Tuomas Manner, Saint Mary’s; Cristobal Rivera, Loyola Marymount; Daniel Simko, Loyola Marymount; Filip Vittek, San Diego
Doubles – First Team
Doubles – Second Team
Doubles - Honorable Mention: Tuomas Manner/James Markiewicz, Saint Mary’s; Ciaran Fitzgerald/Andrew Raphaelson, San Diego