Waves Face area's best at USTA/ITA Southwest Regional
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men’s tennis team is in action this weekend at the annual USTA/ITA Southwest Regional, on Oct. 19-23. This year the tournament is hosted by UC Irvine, and will play out at the Anteater Tennis Stadium.
Local perennial powers USC and UCLA will be in attendance, as well as other programs in the region including Cal Poly, Fresno State, Arizona State, San Diego, Loyola Marymount, Hawaii, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara and several more.
SINGLES DRAW - Finn Tearney, ranked #14 in singles by the ITA, enters the tournament as the top-seeded contestant and will pick up action in the second round after earning a bye. He will play either Devin Barber of Cal Poly or Andrew Carlisle of San Diego in the round of 64. Mousheg Hovhannisyan picked up the No. 6 seed and is slated to face UC Santa Barbara’s Jacob Johnson in the second round. Damian Gryzelko plays Hunter Nicholas in his Round of 64 match up, while Kento Tanaka-Tamaki takes on LMU’s Sebastian Bustamante in the round of 128.
DOUBLES DRAW - In doubles, Finn Tearney and Mousheg Hovhannisyan will team up and face Michael Grant and Johnny Want of USC in the second round after receiving a bye in the first. The Wave tandem is seeded No. 8. Damian Gryzelko and Kento Tanaka-Tamaki also earned a first-round bye and play UC Irvine’s Ryan Cheung and Shuhei Shibahara on Saturday morning.
For complete singles, doubles and consolation draws, visit: http://gowav.es/RFbTFB
LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine opened the 2012-13 season on Sept. 14-16 on the clay courts of the Olympia Fields Country Club. Sebastian Fanselow went 2-1 in singles at the tournament, while Mousheg Hovhannisyan also picked up a win. In doubles, the pairs of Hovhannisyan-Damian Gryzelko and Gryzelko-David Sofaer both put a tally in the wins column.
David Sofaer and Kento Tanaka-Tamaki went on to play at the Battle in the Bay Classic in San Francisco, while Finn Tearney competed at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
LOOKING AHEAD - The Waves have three tournaments left on the fall schedule, all in the second weekend of November. Pepperdine will send student-athletes to the Southern California Intercollegiate in Los Angeles, the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y. and the Lakewood Ranch Clay Court Classic in Sarasota. Fla.
COVERAGE - Recaps and results to this week’s tournament will be available at www.PepperdineSports.com.
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SINGLED OUT - Three Pepperdine student-athletes are currently in the ITA Collegiate preseason rankings including Sebastian Fanselow (#3), Finn Tearney (#14), Mousheg Hovhannisyan (#63). In doubles, Tearney and Fanselow are listed at #9. For a complete listing of the rankings, visit http://www.itatennis.com/AwardsAndRankings/Rankings.htm
Adam Steinberg — Now in his 11th season as head coach of the Waves, Adam Steinberg enters the 2012 season with a career record of 276-149 including a 146-70 mark at Pepperdine. Since setting foot on the Malibu campus in 2003, Steinberg has captured six WCC conference championships, six appearances in the NCAA Tournament, and an NCAA Championship crown in 2006. He has tutored 16 Waves to All-American status, and has been named WCC Coach of the Year six times. Prior to coming to Pepperdine, Steinberg served as the head coach at Alabama and St. John’s for five seasons apiece.
2012 MEN’S DUAL RECAP — The Waves finished the 2012 season with a 27-7 record and concluded the season ranked #6 in the Campbell’s/ITA Collegiate Rankings. The men’s squad won a program-record 24 dual matches in a row and reached the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament after upsetting Georgia 4-3 in the quarterfinals. The previous win-streak record was held by the 1985 team that strung together 20 wins, finishing the season 30-7 and ranked #6 in the country.
2012 AWARDS RECAP - 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. He also picked up All-American accolades in singles for the second-straight year.
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.
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 #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.a