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Altmann/Beidas Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals


 
 

 COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Pepperdine’s Omar Altmann earned his second All-American honor Thursday after him and doubles partner Bassam Beidas advanced to the quarterfinals at the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships.

 

“I was tired from my singles match today and a bit worried going into the doubles,” said Altmann. “Once we got out there we were really working on executing and attacking. I’m very satisfied with how we played today. We were playing high percentage tennis.”

 

Altmann and Beidas automatically become All-Americans for reaching the national doubles quarterfinals. Altmann notched All-American status in singles on Wednesday when he advanced to the round of 16. Altmann fell to the No. 1 seed Arnau Brugues (Tulsa) 7-6(4), 6-3, on Friday morning after a tough match which saw the first set go to a tiebreaker.

 

The Waves No. 1 doubles team defeated Justin Kronauge and Steve Moneke (Tulsa) in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. The duo (5-8 seed) took command of the match early in the first set after allowing the Tulsa team to take the first game and none thereafter. Altmann/Beidas were up 2-0 in the second set when Kronauge and Moneke won the third game. The Waves were victorious in the next game with Tulsa winning its final point in the fifth game.

 

“Omar and Bassam played with a lot of energy and confidence today,” said Pepperdine Head Coach Adam Steinberg. “I was very happy with their performance.”

 

Altmann/Beidas play in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.(CT) where they meet Dominic Inglot and Michael Shabaz of Virginia. The winner will advance to the semifinals on Sunday. Live video and results available at http://www.aggieathletics.com/ncaa2009/tennis/index.html

 

 

Singles Round of 64 (Wednesday, May 20)

 

  1. Omar Altmann (PEP) def. Alex Lacroix (Florida) 6-3, 6-4
  2. Dominic Inglot (Virginia) def. Bassam Beidas (PEP) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6)

 

Singles Round of 32 (Thursday, May 21)

 

  1. Omar Altmann (PEP) def. Ishay Hadash (Minnesota) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

 

Doubles Round of 32 (Thursday, May 21)

 

     1. Omar Altmann/Bassam Beidas (PEPP) def. Arnau Brugues/Philip Stevens (Tulsa) 2-6, 6-1,        7-6 (3)

 

Singles Round of 16 (Friday, May 22)

 

   1. Arnau Brugues (Tulsa) def. Omar Altmann (PEP) 7-6(4), 6-3

 

Doubles Round of 16 (Friday, May 22)

    

   1. Omar Altmann/Bassam Beidas (PEP) def. Justin Kronauge/Steve Moneke (Tulsa) 6-1, 6-2

 

Doubles Quarterfinals (Saturday, May 23 @ 11:30 a.m.CT)

 

   1. Omar Altmann/Bassam Beidas (PEP) vs. Dominic Inglot/Michael Shabaz


 

 

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