Pepperdine Blanks Gonzaga, 7-0

Rakshay Thakkar

April 4, 2014

Complete Results

MALIBU, Calif. – After a closely contested doubles point, the #48 Pepperdine men’s tennis team dominated singles play versus Gonzaga and won 7-0. With the win, the Waves remain undefeated in West Coast Conference play in 2014 as they enter their home finale tomorrow vs. Portland.

With the victory, Pepperdine improves to 13-11 on the year, and a perfect 5-0 in the WCC. The Zags fall to 9-9 and 0-5 in the league.

Portland is also undefeated in conference action at 3-0.

Today’s dual began in doubles, and although all three matches played out close, Pepperdine was able to pocket the point.

David Sofaer (Bellevue Hill, Australia/Sydney Distance Education HS) and Rakshay Thakkar (Pune, India/St. Vincent’s HS) were the first off the court, following their 8-4 triumph over Joey Brandt and Vladimir Mijatovic at No. 2.

Seniors Francis Alcantara (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines/Fresno State) and Alex Sarkissian (Glendale, Calif./Glendale CC), ranked #10 in doubles, held off an upset bid by Jack Schoebel and Muzeen Ismath to emerge with the 8-6 victory and secure the doubles point for the Waves.

It was all Pepperdine in singles, as the Waves did not drop a single set.

Thakkar came up just one game shy of posting his first collegiate singles shutout, and settled for a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Ismath.

Sarkissian, currently at #30 in the singles rankings, made short work of Nick Kamisar, winning 6-2, 6-1 to make it a 3-0 dual.

Playing at No. 4, Pedro Leme (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Mackenzie Tambore) put Pepperdine out of reach, chalking a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Schoebel.



Although the dual was clinched, the Waves and Bulldogs battled on.

Sofaer rebounded from a 2-4 deficit in set two versus Mijatovic to win in straight sets, followed by Alexander Solonin’s (Tarzana, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) second-consecutive win at No. 6.

Alcantara wrapped the day’s action for Pepperdine, issuing Hayden Smith a 6-4, 6-2 loss.

Tomorrow, the Waves celebrate Senior Day and the careers of Alcantara, Sarkissian and Sofaer as they play in their final home match.  First serve between Pepperdine and Portland is scheduled for 1 p.m. Fans unable to make it can follow live scores here.

Gonzaga vs Pepperdine
Apr 04, 2014 at Malibu, Calif.
(Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center)

#48 Pepperdine 7, Gonzaga 0

1. #30 Alex Sarkissian (PEP) def. Nick Kamisar (GON) 6-2, 6-1
2. Francis Alcantara (PEP) def. Hayden Smith (GON) 6-4, 6-2
3. David Sofaer (PEP) def. Vladimir Mijatovic (GON) 6-1, 6-4
4. Pedro Leme (PEP) def. Jack Schoebel (GON) 6-4, 6-3
5. Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) def. Muzeen Ismath (GON) 6-1, 6-0
6. Alexander Solonin (PEP) def. Pablo Mosquera Perez (GON) 6-0, 6-4

1. #10 Alex Sarkissian/Francis Alcantara (PEP) def. Jack Schoebel/Muzeen Ismath (GON) 8-6
2. David Sofaer/Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) def. Joey Brandt/Vladimir Mijatovic (GON) 8-4
3. RJ Evangelista/Alexander Solonin (PEP) vs. Nick Kamisar/Hayden Smith (GON) 7-6, unfinished

Match Notes:
Gonzaga 9-9, 0-5 WCC
Pepperdine 13-11, 5-0 WCC; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,1,4,3,6,2)

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