Men's Tennis Concludes Action at Pacific Coast Doubles Championship
The Waves host #2 USC this coming Friday at 4 p.m. at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.
March 2, 2014
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The Pepperdine men’s tennis team concluded action today at the 125th Annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championship. Two Wave tandems reached the round of 32 before bowing out.
After winning in the opening round of 128 yesterday, Rakshay Thakkar (Pune, India/ St. Vincent's HS) and Pedro Leme (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Mackenzie Tambore) beat USC’s Nick Crystal and Jonny Wang 8-6 to advance to the round of 32.
Their run would end there, however, as Thakkar and Leme dropped a narrow 8-6 decision to Joseph Di Giulio and Clay Thompson of UCLA.
Kento Tanaka-Tamaki (Kihei, Hawaii/St. Anthony Junior-Senior HS) and Stefan Menichella (Santa Barbara, Calif./University HS) also advanced to the third round before suffering their first loss of the tournament. Tanaka-Tamaki and Menichella lost to Robbie Bellamy and Connor Farren, 8-5
Alex Giannini (Los Angeles, Calif./Gorman Learning Center) and Tom Hill (Birmingham, England/K12 International Academy) saw their run end in the round of 64 with a heartbreaking loss in the tiebreaker to Milen Ianakeiv and Juan Florez, 9-8.
Pepperdine returns to dual action this coming Friday, March 7. The Waves host local rival and #2-ranked USC at 4 p.m. on the courts of the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.
Pacific Coast Doubles Championship
Mar 1-2, 2014 at La Jolla, Calif.
Round of 128
RJ Evangelista/Alexander Solonin (Pepperdine) def. Scott Kintz/Scott Lippitt 9-7
Rakshay Thakkar/Pedro Leme (Pepperdine) def. Farshid Khodaei/Jimmy Gleason 8-1
Kento Tanaka-Tamaki/Stefan Menichella (Pepperdine) def. Aaron Chaffee/Will Juggins (William & Mary) 8-6
Tom Hill/Alex Giannini (Pepperdine) def. Brendan Wee/Jason Nguyen () 8-4
Round of 64
Nikolas Marino/Zhenya Pereverzin (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) def. RJ Evangelista/Alexander Solonin (Pepperdine) 8-5
Rakshay Thakkar/Pedro Leme (Pepperdine) def. Nick Crystal/Jonny Wang (USC) 8-4
Kento Tanaka-Tamaki/Stefan Menichella (Pepperdine) def. Christiano Fabrizio/Paul Settles 8-6
Milen Ianakiev/Juan Florez (San Diego State) def. Tom Hill/Alex Giannini (Pepperdine) 9-8
Round of 32
Joseph Di Giulio/Clay Thompson (UCLA) def. Rakshay Thakkar/Pedro Leme (Pepperdine) 8-5
Robbie Bellamy/Connor Farren (USC) def. Kento Tanaka-Tamaki/Stefan Menichella (Pepperdine) 8-5