Waves Defeat Saint Mary's, 4-1
Pepperdine enters regular-season finale on a six match win streak and with an 8-0 WCC record.
April 12, 2014
MORAGA, Calif. - The #47 Pepperdine men's tennis team improved to a perfect 8-0 in the West Coast Conference, defeating Saint Mary's 4-1. The Waves have now won six in a row heading into next week Wednesday's regular-season finale at #49 San Diego, also undefeated in league matches.
Senior duo Francis Alcantara (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines/Fresno State) and Alex Sarkissian (Glendale, Calif./Glendale CC) got Pepperdine started in doubles, edging Joakim Norstrom and Thomas Hunt, 8-6 in the top doubles match.
Although the Gaels earned the win at No. 3, Tom Hill (Birmingham, England/K12 International Academy) and Pedro Leme (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Mackenzie Tambore) were in firm control of their match and beat Samuel Bloore and Wil Martin 8-4 to clinch the point.
David Sofaer (Bellevue Hill, Australia/Sydney Distance Education HS) got the Waves started off on the right foot in singles, giving up just one game against Hunt en route to the straight-set victory.
Saint Mary's put a point on the board when Nathan Lewis topped Stefan Menichella (Santa Barbara, Calif./University HS), 6-3, 6-2.
Hill, playing at No. 6, extended Pepperdine's lead to 3-1 with his 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Martin.
Sarkissian held dual-clinching honors today. The Waves' ace, ranked a league-best #27, downed Norstrom 7-5, 6-2.
With the dual decided, the remaining matches were not played out to completion.
Pepperdine faces the Toreros on the road next week Wednesday. Although USD has two regular-season matches left following the April 16 tilt, a Wave victory would secure first place in the WCC standings and the No. 1 seed heading into the conference tournament. Pepperdine defeated San Diego 4-1 back in January in a nonconference meeting.
Pepperdine vs Saint Mary's College
Apr 12, 2014 at Moraga, Calif.
(Korth Tennis Complex)
#47 Pepperdine 4, Saint Mary's College 1
1. #27 Alex Sarkissian (PEP) def. Joakim Norstrom (SMC) 7-5, 6-2
2. Tuomas Manner (SMC) vs. Francis Alcantara (PEP) 5-7, 6-6 (1-3), unfinished
3. David Sofaer (PEP) def. Thomas Hunt (SMC) 6-1, 6-0
4. Nathan Lewis (SMC) def. Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-3, 6-2
5. Mathias Olsen (SMC) vs. Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) 6-3, 6-6 (4-2), unfinished
6. Tom Hill (PEP) def. Wil Martin (SMC) 6-4, 6-3
1. #9 Alex Sarkissian/Francis Alcantara (PEP) def. Joakim Norstrom/Thomas Hunt (SMC) 8-6
2. Tom Hill/Pedro Leme (PEP) def. Samuel Bloore/Wil Martin (SMC) 8-4
3. Tuomas Manner/James Markiewicz (SMC) def. Rakshay Thakkar/David Sofaer (PEP) 8-5
Pepperdine 16-11, 8-0 WCC; National ranking #47
Saint Mary's College 8-9, 3-4 WCC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,4,6,1)