Sebastian Fanselow and Finn Tearney to Compete at NCAA Singles Championship
May 4, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. – Sebastian Fanselow and Finn Tearney of the Pepperdine men’s tennis team were selected to compete in the 2011 NCAA Singles Championship, hosted by Stanford at the Taube Tennis Center on May 25-30.
Fanselow (Essen, Germany) and Tearney (Wellington, New Zealand) were two of 64 individuals given a spot in the single-elimination tournament.
Fanselow earned the automatic singles bid for the West Coast Conference, as the sophomore currently touts a ranking of #28 – the best of any individual in the league. With a singles record of 25-10, the sophomore’s list of season accolades includes All-WCC first team distinction in both singles and doubles, 2011 Pepperdine Male Athlete of the Year, Blue Gray National Tennis Classic MVP and ITA Southwest Regional Champion.
Tearney received the at-large berth and presently sits at #43 on the singles poll. The sophomore tallied 26 wins this season including 15 in dual match play. He earned seven victories from the No. 1 spot in the lineup, while going a perfect 8-0 when playing at No. 2. Tearney also earned All-WCC first team honors in singles, and finished the year ranked with two different partners on the Campbell/ITA doubles poll.
Bassam Beidas was the last Wave to earn access to the NCAA singles championship, and did so last season. He reached the Round of 16 and was subsequently named an All-American.
Pepperdine has crowned four National Champions, most recently with its 2006 team title. Robbie Weiss is the first and only Wave to win a singles championship, having done so in 1988. In doubles, Kelly Jones won two crowns, first with Jerome Jones in 1984 and again with partner Carlos DiLaura in 1985. Most recently, Andre Begemann and current Pepperdine women’s assistant coach Scott Doerner were runner-up doubles champions during the 2006 campaign.
All matches at the 2011 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship shall be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.
Brackets to both the singles and doubles championship tournament will be released at a later date.