Waves Host Two Matches on Wednesday
The pair of matches are the final matches before WCC play begins.
MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine men’s tennis team hosts South Florida and Bucknell on Wednesday for the last two matches before West Coast Conference action begins.
DUAL MATCH 12: Pepperdine (2-9) vs. South Florida (4-8) | 12 p.m. | Wednesday, March 14 at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif.
DUAL MATCH 13: Pepperdine (2-9) vs. Bucknell (2-10) | 6 p.m. | Wednesday, March 14 at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif.
LOOKING AHEAD: Next week, the Waves start West Coast Conference play, traveling to Loyola Marymount on Saturday, March 25.
LAST WEEK: The Waves took on Boise State and #16 Florida State in non-conference duals on Friday and Monday respectively.
The Waves fell 4-1 to open the week. During doubles play, Boise State came out strong from the beginning. Mattia Bedolo and Pedro Platzeck defeated Brian Berdusco and Yusuf Khamis 6-1, and Jack Heslin teamed up with Kyle Butters to defeat the Waves’ top pairing of Lautaro Pane and Dane Esses, 6-4.
In singles play, Khamis fought hard against Bedolo on court four and was rewarded, eventually taking his match 6-4, 6-2. Esses, playing in the number one position took his first set with Heslin to 5-5 before dropping the set 5-7. After losing the first set 4-6, Pane’s match was tied at four games apiece. Esses’ and Pane’s matches went unfinished as the overall dual was clinched on court two. The Broncos picked up wins on courts two, five and six to finish with the 4-1 victory.
Pepperdine took on #16 Florida State on Monday. In doubles, Dane Esses and Lautaro Pane gave the #74 pairing of Aziz Dougaz and Guy Iradukunda a battle, the set getting to 3-3 before the doubles point was clinched on another court. Florida State won on courts two and three to take the doubles point and head into singles with the lead.
The Waves started off strong in singles, with Max Mendelsohn and Yusuf Khamis both winning their first sets and Brian Berdusco pushing his first set to a tiebreak. All three of their matches went unfinished as the match was clinched. The Seminoles picked up match win on courts one, two and six to take the match 4-0.
THE WAVES: Pepperdine opened the dual season 2-9 overall with wins coming against South Alabama at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend and San Diego State at home. The Waves have picked up 14 singles and seven doubles wins so far this season as individuals and pairs in dual action. Including tournament season, the Waves have posted a 54 singles and 19 doubles wins this season.
In singles dual action, Dennis Uspensky, Yusuf Khamis and Dane Esses have each won three matches, leading the team. Max Mendelsohn has two match wins, while Brian Berdusco, Pedro Iamachkine and Nicholas Baez have each won one match apiece.
OPPONENT NOTES: South Florida leads the overall series, 4-3, which includes this year’s matchup at the ITA KickOff, where the Bulls defeated the Waves 4-3. South Florida is 4-8 on the year, picking up wins over Pepperdine, Boston College, George Washington and Utah State.
Wednesday will be the first meeting between the Waves and Bison. So far this year, Bucknell is 2-12, with wins coming against La Salle and Sienna.
ROSTER: Returning for the Waves are two seniors (Pane, Iamachkine), four juniors (Uspensky, Baez, Sborowitz, Garapedian) and one sophomore (Esses). Joining Pepperdine as freshmen are Max Mendelsohn, Brian Berdusco, Felipe Galvao and Yusuf Khamis.
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.
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.
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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.