Waves Top Furman and Hawaii

Kento Tanaka-Tamaki

March 11, 2014

Complete Results

MALIBU, Calif. - The #42 Pepperdine men's tennis team picked up two victories today on the courts of the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center, starting with a 6-1 decision over Furman. Junior Kento Tanaka-Tamaki played the hero in the follow-up match vs. Hawaii, winning 6-4 in the third to clinch the 4-3 victory.

Pepperdine opened the morning against Furman, coached by Pepperdine alum and two-time NCAA Doubles Champion Kelly Jones.

Although the Paladins challenged the Waves in doubles, the home team ultimately prevailed. After Alex Sarkissian (Glendale, Calif./Glendale CC) and Francis Alcantara (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines/Fresno State) topped Jacob Behal and Adam Steryous by an 8-4 tally, Tom Hill (Birmingham, England/K12 International Academy) and Alex Giannini (Los Angeles, Calif./Gorman Learning Center) suffered a loss on court two.

In the deciding match, Rakshay Thakkar (Pune, India/St. Vincent's High School) and Stefan Menichella (Santa Barbara, Calif./University HS) found themselves deadlocked against Ben Horst and Alex Christ. With 14 games in the books and still no winner, the opposing pairs headed to a tiebreaker.

The squads continued to go point-for-point until tied at 8-8, Thakkar and Menichella came through in the clutch and scored on consecutive points to win 10-8 and give Pepperdine a 1-0 lead heading into singles.



Pedro Leme (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Mackenzie Tambore) opened his day in singles and ready to play. The Wave quickly put away a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Christ to extend the home team's lead.


Alcantara, Menichella and Hill all followed suit, winning in straight sets to elevate the score to 5-0.

Furman got on the board with wins in the third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 and No. 6 to finish the opening session.

After a quick lunch break, Pepperdine was back on the court to take on Hawaii. The doubles point was once again determined by a tiebreaker, and again the Waves prevailed.

David Sofaer (Bellevue Hill, Australia/Sydney Distance Education HS) teamed up with Alcantara for the first time this season and disposed of Jonathan Brooklyn Danilo Casanova, 8-3.

The doubles point came down to the final match for the second time today, and Hill and Leme won the tiebreaker 7-2 to give Pepperdine the advantage.

That effort proved to be the different maker, as the Rainbow Warriors and Waves split the three singles matches.

Senior Sofaer earned a point for Pepperdine with a 6-4, 6-0 win against Casanova at No. 2.

Although Hawaii won the next two matches, Alcantara put the Waves back in front 3-2 with a straight set win vs. Jonathan Brooklyn. It was the Wave's first appearance in the No. 1 spot in the lineup.

Tanaka-Tamaki (Kihei, Hawaii/St. Anthony Junior-Senior HS) picked a good time to post his first singles win of the season. After splitting sets with Carter Lam, Tanaka-Tamaki edged his opponent 6-4 in the third to clinch the dual for the Waves.

Hawaii picked up its third and final point the third set tiebreaker on court four.

Pepperdine continues the week with a match at Illinois on Friday, March 14. The 4 p.m. (PT) dual will be aired live on ESPN3.

Furman vs Pepperdine
Mar 11, 2014 at Malibu, Calif.
(Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center)

#42 Pepperdine 5, Furman 2

1. Adam Steryous (FUR) def. #27 Alex Sarkissian (PEP) 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 10-7
2. Francis Alcantara (PEP) def. Matt Browne (FUR) 6-4, 6-2
3. Stefan Menichella (PEP) def. Jacob Behal (FUR) 6-3, 6-3
4. Pedro Leme (PEP) def. Alex Christ (FUR) 6-2, 6-2
5. Tom Hill (PEP) def. Joel Cook (FUR) 6-4, 6-4
6. Ben Horst (FUR) def. RJ Evangelista (PEP) 7-5, 2-6, 10-5

1. #15 Alex Sarkissian/Francis Alcantara (PEP) def. Jacob Behal/Adam Steryous (FUR) 8-4
2. Joel Cook/Matt Browne (FUR) def. Alex Giannini/Tom Hill (PEP) 8-5
3. Stefan Menichella/Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) def. Alex Christ/Ben Horst (FUR) 8-7 (10-8)

Match Notes:
Furman 6-6
Pepperdine 8-7; National ranking #42
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,2,3,5,6,1)

University of Hawai'i vs Pepperdine
Mar 11, 2014 at Malibu, Calif.
(Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center)

#42 Pepperdine 4, University of Hawai'i 3

1. Francis Alcantara (PEP) def. Jonathan Brooklyn (UH-MT) 6-4, 6-1
2. #115 David Sofaer (PEP) def. Danilo Casanova (UH-MT) 6-4, 6-0
3. Chas Okamoto (UH-MT) def. Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-1, 6-2
4. David Schuster (UH-MT) def. Pedro Leme (PEP) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Kento Tanaka-Tamaki (PEP) def. Carter Lam (UH-MT) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
6. Pavel Liska (UH-MT) def. Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) 6-2, 6-4

1. Francis Alcantara/David Sofaer (PEP) def. Jonathan Brooklyn/Danilo Casanova (UH-MT) 8-3
2. Tom Hill/Pedro Leme (PEP) def. Marcel Chan/Carter Lam (UH-MT) 8-7 (7-2)
3. David Schuster/Chas Okamoto (UH-MT) def. Alex Giannini/Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) 8-7 (7-4)

Match Notes:
University of Hawai'i 1-5
Pepperdine 9-7; National ranking #42
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,3,6,1,5,4)

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