Men's Tennis Hosts Three Matches in Malibu This Week

Stefan Menichella, Jack Van Slyke (Photo by Sarah Otteman)
March 19, 2017


MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine men’s tennis team remains at home this week, hosting Princeton on Tuesday before continuing West Coast Conference action with Saint Mary’s and Pacific on Friday and Saturday at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.

DUAL MATCH 12: Tuesday (March 21), Pepperdine (4-7, 1-0 WCC) vs. Princeton (10-6) at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif., at 2 p.m.

DUAL MATCH 13: Friday (March 24), Pepperdine vs. Saint Mary’s (4-7, 0-1) at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif., at 1 p.m.

DUAL MATCH 14: Saturday (March 25), Pepperdine vs. Pacific (8-9, 1-1) at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif., at 2 p.m.

COVERAGE: Live scoring will be available for both matches and available on  Follow @PeppTennis on Twitter and Facebook for updates, live scores and more.

LOOKING AHEAD: Next, the Waves hit the road to take on Boise State on April 1 before continuing WCC play at Santa Clara and San Francisco on April 7 and 8.

THE WAVES THIS SEASON: The Waves have gone 4-7 overall this season overall and 1-0 in West Coast Conference action, producing a 3-3 record at home and a 1-2 road record.  In singles action, the team has gone 31-28 in dual action for a .525 winning percentage.  Guilherme Hadlich leads the Waves in the No. 1 singles position, producing a 5-6 dual record with seven matches played against nationally ranked competitors.  Stefan Menichella has gone 6-3 in dual action, with a 3-1 record in the No. 2-spot, a 1-1 record at the No. 3-slot and a 2-1 record when playing on court four for the Waves.  Pedro Iamachkine has been good for a 5-5 dual record with two wins in the No. 2 position and three victories in the No. 3 position.  Jack Van Slyke has gone 5-4 so far this dual season, including a 4-4 record in the No. 5-slot and a 1-0 record when playing on court four.  Lastly, Dane Esses has been more than solid at the No. 6 position for the Waves, amassing a 6-3 record when playing in that position.

In doubles action, Pepperdine has gone 17-12 in dual action for a .586 winning percentage.  Menichella and Van Slyke have been strong in the No. 1 position with five wins slated throughout the dual campaign thus far, including one win against nationally ranked competitors.  Hadlich and his partner Gabriel Sidney have gone 6-2 from the No. 2-spot, including a 1-1 record when facing nationally ranked opposition.  Lastly, Iamachkine and partner Lautaro Pane have been big in the No. 3 position, posting a 5-2 record in dual play, including a current two-match winning streak.

OPPONENT NOTES: The Waves have faced Princeton 15 times since the team’s first outing in 1979, winning all 15 matches, including six by shutouts.  Most recently, the two teams met in 2013 in Malibu, when Pepperdine garnered a 5-2 win.  Princeton has gone 10-6 overall this season and are currently on a six-match winning streak including 6-1 wins against William and Mary, NJIT, Bryant and Buffalo and a 5-2 win over Denver.  They have posted a 50-23 record in singles dual action and a 28-18 doubles dual record at this point in the season.

Pepperdine also has an untarnished record against Saint Mary’s with a 23-0 output against the Gaels dating back to 1996.  From 1996 to 2000, the Waves won five-straight by either 7-0 or 8-0 shutouts.  In the latest matches against SMC, Pepperdine has won two 4-0 matches in 2015 and 2016, alternating between home and away bouts.  SMC has gone 4-7 to this point in the season, including a 0-5 record in road matches.  Last week, the Gaels defeated Northern Colorado and Army in 6-1 matches.  Earlier this season, Saint Mary’s lost a 4-0 result to WCC opponents San Diego.  The team has gone 24-34 in singles dual action and 14-18 in doubles dual play.

Lastly, the Waves hold a 10-1 record against Pacific, winning the first 10-matches played from 1993 to 2015.  Since 2014, the Waves have gone 3-1 against the Tigers, including a shutout in 2015.  Pacific won their first match against Pepperdine in 2016 with a close 4-3 decision.  Pacific has gone 8-9 overall and 1-1 in West Coast Conference action, defeating San Francisco 4-3 and falling to BYU 4-3.  Last week, in addition to the loss to the Cougars, the Tigers fell 4-0 to Utah State and defeated Fresno State 4-3.  The team has produced a 42-34 overall singles dual record and a 9-18 overall doubles dual effort.

PEPPERDINE HAS CLOSE BOUTS WITH NO. 9 OKLAHOMA, NO. 22 TCU:  Last week, Pepperdine had two very close bouts with highly ranked teams but eventually falling 4-3 to 9th-ranked Oklahoma and 4-1 to 22nd-ranked TCU.  Against the Sooners, the Waves worked ahead early after securing the doubles point with wins on courts one and three.  Stefan Menichella and Jack Van Slyke posted a 6-3 upset over 59th-ranked Spencer Papa and Florin Bragusi and Lautaro Pane and Pedro Iamachkine clinched the point on three with a 6-4 win over Jochen Bertsch and mason Bridegan.  Then in singles, Menichella downed Adrian Oetzbach 7-5, 6-2 on court four and Dane Esses defeated Arnaud Restifo 7-6 (5), 6-2 to make it a 3-3 dual before the opposition won a three-setter on court three to win overall. 

Then against TCU on Thursday, Pepperdine put up a tough doubles presence with a 6-4 win from Iamachkine and Pane on court three, but eventually fell on one and two for the Horned Frogs to pull ahead 1-0.  Esses collected his second win of the week for the Waves with a commanding 6-1, 6-4 victory over Gianni Mancini on court six, but the Frogs won on courts one, two and five to clinch the victory.  Menichella and Iamachkine were battling in a third set with advantages on courts three and four respectively, but the matches were abandoned due to the clinch.

ORACLE/ITA PRESEASON RANKINGS: The Waves had one single and two doubles partnerships ranked in the 2016-17 preseason rankings released on September 13.  Senior Guilherme Hadlich enters the fall campaign ranked #117, while he and sophomore partner Gabriel Sidney were tabbed #18 in the rankings.  Junior duo Pedro Iamachkine and Lautaro Pane also ranked in doubles, earning the #59 slot.

FERREIRA: Marcelo Ferreira enters his third season as head coach of the Pepperdine men’s tennis team in 2016-17.  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 two seasons at the helm of the squad is 32-21.

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