Pepperdine Defeats San Francisco, 6-1

Stefan Menichella

March 21, 2014

Complete Results

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's tennis team took a 6-1 decision versus San Francisco on Friday evening at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center. The Waves swept the doubles point before winning five of the six singles matches in straight sets.

Alex Giannini (Los Angeles, Calif./Gorman Learning Center) and Pedro Leme (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Mackenzie Tambore) got the Waves rolling, downing Christian Brockstedt and Nils Skajaa, 8-2.

After falling behind 1-4, Francis Alcantara (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines/Fresno State) and Alex Sarkissian (Glendale, Calif./Glendale CC) rattled off seven unanswered games to take the match from James Tallman and Germain Bahri and clinch the point for Pepperdine.

David Sofaer (Bellevue Hill, Australia/Sydney Distance Education HS) and Rakshay Thakkar (Pune, India/St. Vincent's High School) were up 7-4 when action was suspended.

In singles, Alcantara and Stefan Menichella (Santa Barbara, Calif./University HS) quickly put away straight-set decisions to lift the Waves to a 3-0 lead.

Alcantara defeated Tallman 6-2, 6-1 while Menichella downed Bahri 6-4, 6-0.

Sofaer followed suit at No. 3, defeating Skajaa 6-2, 6-3 to clinch the dual at 4-0.



In the top match, Sarkissian extended the Waves' lead with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Bernardo Saraiva.

After winning the first set 6-3, Kento Tanaka-Tamaki (Kihei, Hawaii/St. Anthony Junior-Senior HS) found himself down 1-5 in the second against Brockstedt. The junior battled back, however, and took a 6-5 lead. Unable to break Brockstedt's serve in the final game, the two faced off in a tiebreaker which Tanaka-Tamaki won 7-4.

USF avoided the sweep with Thomas Takemoto's win at No. 4.

The Waves host Friends of Jaclyn Day, along with #17 Cal, on Sunday, March 23 at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

San Francisco vs Pepperdine
Mar 21, 2014 at Malibu, Calif.
(Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center)

#46 Pepperdine 6, San Francisco 1

1. #27 Alex Sarkissian (PEP) def. Bernardo Saraiva (USF) 6-2, 6-3
2. Francis Alcantara (PEP) def. James Tallman (USF) 6-2, 6-1
3. #115 David Sofaer (PEP) def. Nils Skajaa (USF) 6-2, 6-3
4. Thomas Takemoto (USF) def. Pedro Leme (PEP) 7-5, 6-3
5. Stefan Menichella (PEP) def. Germain Bahri (USF) 6-4, 6-0
6. Kento Tanaka-Tamaki (PEP) def. Christian Brockstedt (USF) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

1. #15 Alex Sarkissian/Francis Alcantara (PEP) def. Germain Bahri/James Tallman (USF) 8-4
2. Pedro Leme/Alex Giannini (PEP) def. Nils Skajaa/Christian Brockstedt (USF) 8-2
3. Rakshay Thakkar/David Sofaer (PEP) vs. Thomas Takemoto/Bernardo Saraiva (USF) 7-4, unfinished

Match Notes:
San Francisco 8-8, 0-3 WCC
Pepperdine 10-10, 2-0 WCC; National ranking #46
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,5,3,4,1,6)

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