May 16, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The #7 Pepperdine men’s tennis team continues its run at the NCAA Championship beginning this Friday, May 18, with a 4 p.m. (PT) dual versus #20 Tulsa at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The Waves swept both Green Bay and Washington in the first and second rounds to book its first trip to the round of 16 since the 2008 season.
MATCH #32 | Round of 16 - Friday (May 18) at Dan Magill Tennis Complex: #7 Pepperdine (25-6) vs. #20 Tulsa (20-8) at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET
COVERAGE - The University of Georgia will be providing live scores, as well as live video streaming, which can all be accessed at the Tournament Central. UPDATE: Friday's match vs. Tulsa will be contested on the McWhorter Courts. The Waves and Golden Hurricane will be using courts 7-12 of the live video streaming.
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ATHENS - While the first and second rounds were contested at campus sites around the country, the remainder of the NCAA Championships will play out at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The team tournament runs May 18-22, and the singles and doubles championship follows on May 23-28.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY - The Waves have hosted the first and second rounds on seven total occasions and are 12-2 when playing at home. Overall, Pepperdine boasts a 53-33 NCAA Tournament record in its 36 appearances. The team’s best showing came in 2006, when they were crowned the NCAA Champions. For Pepperdine’s year-by-year results at the tournament, see page 13 of the Waves’ records book: http://gowav.es/tennisrecords
TULSA - The Golden Hurricane won the Conference USA tournament to earn the automatic bid into the NCAA Championships and defeated #32 Minnesota and #10 Oklahoma in the first and second rounds to reach Athens. Tulsa’s No. 1-3 singles players are in the rankings including Japie DeKlerk (#117), Clifford Marsland (#97) and Ashley Watling (#77). In doubles, Marsland and Watling are listed at #11.
THE BRACKET - The winner of Friday’s round of 16 match will face the winner of the #3 Georgia/#15 North Carolina match up, scheduled for Sunday, May 20 at 4 p.m. (PT)/1 p.m. (ET)
SERIES - The Waves are 4-0 all-time vs. the Golden Hurricane. Pepperdine faced Tulsa in the NCAA Tournament back in 2000, when the Waves defeated Tulsa 4-0 in the first round in Malibu. The last meeting between the two squads was in February, when Pepperdine posted a 4-3 road win. The Golden Hurricane has since won 14 of their last 15 matches.
TEAM RANKINGS - The Waves are currently ranked #7 in the ITA rankings, Tulsa is ranked #20. Potential quarterfinal opponents Georgia and North Carolina are ranked #3 and #15, respectively.
SINGLED OUT - The latest individual rankings were released on April 30 and several Waves have earned a spot in the poll. In singles, three Pepperdine student-athletes are currently ranked including Sebastian Fanselow (#8 - career best), Finn Tearney (#30) and Mousheg Hovhannisyan (#109). In doubles, Tearney and Llompart are listed at #15. Tearney and Llompart have reached as high as #2.
STREAKING - As a team, the Waves have won 22 duals in a row, which is their longest win streak in program history. Pepperdine strung together 20 wins back in 1985 when they finished the season 30-7 and ranked #6 in the country. Individually, Sebastian Fanselow has won the last 16 consecutive singles matches (his last lost was to Tulsa’s Japie DeKlerk on Feb. 24). Alex Llompart has also won 16 in a row. In doubles, Hugh Clarke and David Sofaer are 17-0 dating back to March 9. Fanselow and Jenson Turner have won 10 in a row and are the reigning WCC Doubles team of the Month.
LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine swept both Green Bay and #28 Washington last week at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Prior to that, the Waves won their 42nd WCC Tournament title, after defeating San Diego 4-1. They also claimed the regular season title after going a perfect 8-0 vs. league opponents.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS - With a career singles win tally of 74 (dual matches only), senior Alex Llompart is in eighth place in the career wins category at Pepperdine. Llompart needs two more wins to tie for seventh. Sebastian Fanselow and Jenson Turner’s career win total as a doubles team currently stands at 34, which ranks fifth in the Waves’ history. Hugh Clarke and David Sofaer’s current winning percentage of .880 (22-3) ranks seventh in the single season winning percentage category.
LOOKING AHEAD - Sebastian Fanselow, Finn Tearney and Alex Llompart will participate in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship in Athens, Ga. on May 23-28. Fanselow and Tearney will represent Pepperdine in the 64-player singles tournament, while Tearney and Llompart are set to compete in the 32-team doubles championship.
AWARDS SEASON - As the end of the season approaches, the Waves have begun to pick up a number of different awards. Sebastian Fanselow was named the Pepperdine Athletics Male Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season, while Daniel Moss was voted Wave of the Year. Fanselow was also named WCC Player of the Year. Fanselow and Finn Tearney made the All-WCC singles first team roster, while Alex Llompart was a second team honoree. In doubles, the duos of Tearney/Llompart and Jenson Turner/Fanselow were voted to the All-WCC first team, and David Sofaer/Hugh Clarke picked up on an honorable mention. Sofaer earned WCC All-Academic team recognition. Adam Steinberg was recognized as the WCC Co-Coach of the Year. On Monday, the ITA released its regional awards winners. Steinberg was named Southwest Coach of the Year, while Jason Cook picked up Assistant Coach of the Year Honors. Fanselow was dubbed the Player to Watch in the Southwest region.
WCC DOUBLES TEAM OF THE MONTH - Sebastian Fanselow and Jenson Turner were named WCC Doubles Team of the Month after going undefeated during the month of April. Fanselow was also deemed the singles player of the month.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE - The Waves boast one of the toughest schedules in the country, and have already played 16 teams ranked in the top-25, with eight of those teams listed in the top-10.
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.
2011 DUAL RECAP — The Waves finished the 2011 season with a 18-5 record and concluded the season ranked #15 in the Campbell’s/ITA Collegiate Rankings. Pepperdine defeated two top-10 ranked teams including #4 Duke and #7 Texas A&M. Sebastian Fanselow, Finn Tearney and Alex Llompart were all named to the All-WCC first team in singles, while Fanselow and Jenson Turner were awarded all-conference honors in doubles after piecing together an 18-1 dual season record as a pair. At the 2011 NCAA Singles Championships, Fanselow advanced to the round of 16 to earn All-American distinction.
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.