Five waves to represent pepperdine in singles and doubles championship
ATHENS, Ga. - Sebastian Fanselow, Finn Tearney and Alex Llompart of the Pepperdine men’s tennis team, as well as Khunpak Issara and Lorraine Guillermo of the women’s squad, learned their first round opponents today, with the release of the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship brackets. Fanselow and Tearney kick off the singles tournament on Wednesday, May 23, while the pairs of Tearney-Llompart and Issara-Guillermo open doubles action on Thursday, May 24.
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 (http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/ncaa-2012.html).
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MEN’S SINGLES BRACKET - Sebastian Fanselow, ranked #8 in the ITA and the tournament’s overall eighth seed, will play #42 Bob Van Overbeek of Florida. His match is set to start at 1:30 p.m. (PT). A win would pit him against either USC’s Yannick Hanfmann (#51) or Louis Cant (#50) of Mississippi State. Last season, Fanselow upset the second seeded Alex Domijan of Virginia in the first round before reaching the round of 16, earning ITA All-American status. Fanselow will receive All-American honors once again this year by virtue of receiving the eight seed.
Finn Tearney, ranked #30 in singles, takes on #18 Andreas Mies of Auburn at 8:30 a.m. (PT) in round one. Potential second round opponents include Andre Dome of Cal Poly, who plays for first-year head coach and former Pepperdine assistant Nick Carless, or Kentucky’s Eric Quigley. Dome is listed at #41 in the rankings, while Quigley captured the three seed and is also ranked #3.
ITA NATIONAL PLAYER TO WATCH - The ITA announced the national award winners earlier today at a banquet in Athens, Ga. and Sebastian Fanselow was named the ITA National Player to Watch. He was previously dubbed the winner of the Southwest Region last week. The Player to Watch award is given to a player who has achieved a top-20 ranking at some point during the season, but has yet to win a national title. Fanselow finished the dual campaign with a 24-3 (.889) singles record which ranks ninth for the best winning percentage in a single season at Pepperdine.
WOMEN’S DOUBLES BRACKET - Khunpak Issara and Lorraine Guillermo, who received the West Coast Conference’s automatic doubles bid, enter the tournament ranked #32 and on a 14-match win streak. The duo’s first round opponent is Texas A&M’s Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Sun Wen. Sanchez-Quintanar and Wen are listed at #29 in the polls. The match is scheduled for Friday, May 24. Time is TBA. Potential second rounds opponents include Robin Anderson and Skylar Morton of UCLA or Alex Anghelescu and Jillian O’Neill, Georgia Tech. Issara and Guillermo defeated Anderson and Morton, currently ranked #6, during the regular season, 8-4. Anghelescu and O’Neill are listed at #23 in the doubles poll.
MEN’S DOUBLES BRACKET - Finn Tearney will face Andreas Mies once again in the doubles competition. Tearney, and partner Alex Llompart play Mies and Alexander Stamchev in round one. While the Waves are currently ranked #15, the Auburn duo sits at #9. Llompart and Tearney have reached as high as #2 in the rankings, and have earned five victories over top-15 ranked pairs this season.
FORMAT CHANGE - In dual play, the doubles format is played out as an eight-game pro set. In championship play, the duos will compete in a best-of-three sets format just like singles.
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 championships follow on May 23-28.
TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP - The Pepperdine men reached the final four of the NCAA Championship. After defeating #20 Tulsa, 4-1, in the first round, the Waves were faced with the challenge of playing the #3-ranked Georgia Bulldogs inside their home stadium. Pepperdine, in front of 3,167 hometown fans, won an exciting doubles point before taking three of the six singles matches to win 4-3. Alex Llompart grinded out a dramatic three-set victory to give the Waves the go-ahead point. The Cinderella run was halted by #2 Virginia in the semifinals, 4-1.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY - The men’s team has hosted the first and second rounds on seven total occasions and are 12-2 when playing at home. Overall, Pepperdine boasts a 55-34 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 -- including singles and doubles championship results --, see page 13 of the Waves’ records book: http://gowav.es/tennisrecords
SINGLED OUT - Five Pepperdine student-athletes are currently ranked including Sebastian Fanselow (#8 - career best), Finn Tearney (#30), Mousheg Hovhannisyan (#109), Khunpak Issara (#62) and Ale Granillo (#105). In doubles, Tearney and Llompart are listed at #15. Tearney and Llompart have reached as high as #2. Issara and Lorraine Guillermo rank #32 and have reached as high as #28.
STREAKING - The men’s squad won a program-record 24 dual matches in a row in 2012. The previous record was held by the 1985 team that strung together 20 wins, finishing the season 30-7 and ranked #6 in the country. Individually, Sebastian Fanselow has won the last 18 consecutive singles matches. On the women’s side, Khunpak Issara and Lorraine Guillermo have won the last 14 doubles matches in a row.
WOMEN’S FIRST & SECOND ROUNDS - Pepperdine, ranked #41 as a team, topped #20 Purdue 4-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Championship. The Waves fell to #9-ranked and hosting California in the second round to finish the season with a 16-9 record.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS - With a career singles win tally of 76 (dual matches only), senior Alex Llompart is ranks tied for seventh in the career wins category at Pepperdine. Sebastian Fanselow and Jenson Turner’s career win total as a doubles team stands at 34, which ranks fifth in the Waves’ history. Hugh Clarke and David Sofaer’s current winning percentage of .857 (24-4) ranks 10th in the single season winning percentage category, while the total number of wins sits in a tie for second place. Khunpak Issara and Lorraine Guillermo’s final dual record in doubles of 20-3 (.870) ranks fifth in wins and ninth in winning percentage in the Waves’ single-season records.
WOMEN’S ALL-WCC TEAM - The Waves earned high acclaim in the 2012 all-conference awards. Lorraine Guillermo was dubbed WCC Freshman of the Year, becoming seventh player in Pepperdine history to do so. Guillermo also picked up second-team honors in singles and first-team accolades in doubles. Khunpak Issara made the first team roster in both singles and doubles, while Ale Granillo made All-WCC singles second team. Ali Walters and Arianna Colffer both earned honorable mention status in both singles and doubles.
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. Fanselow was dubbed the Player to Watch in the Southwest region and later recognized as the national award winner.
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.
GUALBERTO ESCUDERO - Now in his 35th season at the helm of the program, Gualberto Escudero enters the 2011-12 season with a career record of 604-308 (.667). He took over as head coach in 1977-78 after a decorated career as a student-athlete at Pepperdine. On the court, he was a finalist at the 1969 WCAC singles tournament and won the doubles title with John Lovelace. Pepperdine won conference titles in 1969 and 1970 and finished second the next two seasons. His transition from player to coach was a successful one as Escudero has tutored 29 All-Americans, and was honored as WCC Coach of the Year on three occasions.
2011 MEN’S 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.
2011 WOMEN’S DUAL RECAP - The Wave reclaimed the West Coast Conference title in 2011, defeating Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary’s en route the championship match versus San Diego. The team made its 24th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with 15 dual match victories. Anamika Bhargava earned All-WCC first team distinction in both singles and doubles, becoming the first Pepperdine player in program history and just the second in the conference to do so all four seasons of her collegiate career. Other all-conference honorees in 2011 include Arianna Colffer (singles, first team), Khunpak Issara (singles, second team; doubles, first team), Andrea Oates (singles, honorable mention), Marie Zalameda (doubles, first team) and Ale Granillo (doubles, first team).
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.