Waves Open Spring Schedule in Palm Springs
The Waves swept the podium in last year's event.
MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine men’s tennis team begins the spring season with the National Collegiate Tennis Championships in Palm Springs, Calif. on Friday.
NCTC Individual: Friday-Sunday, January 12-14 at Sunrise Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
LOOKING AHEAD: Next on the schedule for the Waves is the first dual match of the season. They will travel to Westwood, Calif. to take on UCLA on Jan. 20 at 1 p.m.
WAVES PRESENCE: The Waves will be sending Lautaro Pane, Dane Esses, Max Mendelsohn, Nicholas Baez, and Brian Berdusco to the tournament this weekend. Pane and Mendelsohn had stellar fall seasons for the Waves, with Mendelsohn reaching the semifinal in the ITA Southwest Regional consolation bracket, and Pane reaching the final of the doubles draw in the regional along wth Pedro Iamachkine.
ROSTER: The Waves welcome one more to their roster for the Spring season. Yusuf Khamis joins the team as a freshman from Cairo, Egypt. He currently has an ITF Juniors Ranking of 197. Returning for the spring, the Waves have two seniors (Pane, Iamachkine), four juniors (Uspensky, Baez, Sborowitz, Garapedian) and one sophomore (Esses). Joining Khamis as newcomers to the squad are three other freshmen (Mendelsohn, Berdusco, Galvao).
FALL 2017: The Waves competed in six tournaments during the fall, with the highlight being the ITA Regionals. Pedro Iamachkine and Lautaro Pane took second place in the doubles draw, the best finish for the Waves. In their run to the final match, Pane and Iamachkine defeated two teams from WCC rival San Diego, as well as pairs from UC Santa Barbara and perennial powerhouse USC. The pair’s strongest victory was against the team of Jake Devine and Thibault Forget of USC, which they won, 8-5.
LAST YEAR AT THE NCTC: Last year, the Waves swept the first place honors in the NCTC Tournament, with now graduate Stefan Menichella taking the singles title, and pairing up with Jack Van Slyke for the doubles title. On his way to the top, Menichella defeated fellow Wave Dane Esses in the quarterfinals. Iamachkine also made the semifinal, before falling in a hard fought battle to the second seed in the tournament.
FERREIRA: Marcelo Ferreira enters his fifth season as head coach of the Pepperdine men’s tennis team in 2017-18. After serving as the Waves’ associate head coach in 2013-14, he was elevated to head coach in July 2014. Ferreira is now the 14th head coach in the program’s storied history, dating back to the 1940s. His record after four seasons at the helm of the squad is 58-41.
#PURPOSE: The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics is committed to Christian values, to the academic well-being of all of our student-athletes and to competing for championships. We prepare students for success by challenging them to think differently - find your purpose, serve others and lead by example. The Competing with Purpose campaign highlights the commitment to our core values that student-athletes, coaches and staff dedicate themselves to daily. Competing with Purpose provides the foundation on which champions are built.
WAVES IN THE PROS: Pepperdine has sent its fair share of student-athletes into the pro circuit. Most recently, Sebastian Fanselow won the Claremont Club Pro Classic, defeating UCLA standout Evan Zhu, a competitor that was on an eight-match winning streak, in three sets. Alex Sarkissian won the Silex Men’s $15,000 Futures tournament in Vancouver in the summer of 2014. He went on to reach the semifinals of the US Open’s inaugural American Collegiate Invitational. Robert Lindstedt, 1998 All-American and NCAA Doubles Championship finalist, has reached as high as #3 in the world doubles rankings. He won the doubles draw at the 2014 Australian Open and is a three-time Wimbledon finalist. Andre Begemann, member of the 2006 NCAA Championship-winning squad, can also be found playing on the pro tour, as can 2012 graduate Alex Llompart.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE: Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I Championships in five different men’s sports — one of just 18 schools to have accomplished this feat — and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest undergraduate enrollment, is the only school without football and is the only university that has not been affiliated with a “major” conference. The Waves have won a total of 25 team or individual national championships in their history. Pepperdine has also earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that’s given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation’s most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks No. 46 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.