#17 Waves Down Saint Mary's, 5-2

MALIBU, Calif. – Playing without the No. 1 player didn’t deter the Pepperdine men’s tennis team from defeating WCC rivals Saint Mary’s, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon at the Ralphs-Strauss Tennis Center.


"Saint Mary's is a much improved team over last year," said senior Omar Altmann. "They have a couple of really good freshmen this season and they gave us a good match today."


The Waves (16-7) earned the doubles-point with wins on courts 2 and 3. Alex Llompart/Stuart Keplar (PEP) defeated Gerald Ellison/Gavin Leon (SMC) 8-4, to finish first on court 3. Teammates Mahmoud Kamel/Hugh Clarke (PEP) prevailed over Sherif Hamdy/Achim Christner (SMC) 8-4 on court 2.


Due to the absence of Bassam Beidas, the Waves all moved up one spot in the lineup. Llompart recorded a win on court 2 after defeating Christner (SMC), 6-4, 6-2. Kamel went three sets on court 3 before defeating Maxime Olivan, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. No. 43 Altmann also went three sets to earn a victory over Lucas Tirelli on court 1 and Daniel Moss notched a win on court 6 after a super-set tiebreaker gave him a 6-7, 6-3, 10-7 victory over Youseff El Bouskouri (SMC).


Next up, the Waves host No. 9 UCLA on April 13, at 3 p.m., in the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center for their final regular season match. This match marks Omar Altmann’s last home match as a Wave. He will be honored prior to the start of the doubles competition.



Saint Mary's College vs Pepperdine

Apr 11, 2009 at Pepperdine University

(Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center)


#17 Pepperdine 5, Saint Mary's College 2


Singles competition

1. #43 Omar Altmann (PEP) def. Lucas Tirelli (SMC) 5-7, 6-1, 6-1

2. Alex Llompart (PEP) def. Achim Christner (SMC) 6-4, 6-2

3. Mahmoud Kamel (PEP) def. Maxime Olivan (SMC) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

4. Gavin Leon (SMC) def. Alex Moreno (PEP) 6-7, 6-2, 6-4

5. Andrea Zannoni (SMC) def. Jenson Turner (PEP) 6-0, 6-1

6. Danny Moss (PEP) def. Youssef El Bouskouri (SMC) 6-7, 6-3, 10-7


Doubles competition

1. Alex Moreno/Omar Altmann (PEP) def. Lucas Tirelli/Maxime Olivan (SMC) 8-7 (7-4)

2. Mahmoud Kamel/Hugh Clarke (PEP) def. Sherif Hamdy/Achim Christner (SMC) 8-4

3. Alex Llompart/Stuart Keplar (PEP) def. Gerald Ellison/Gavin Leon (SMC) 8-4

Match Notes:

Saint Mary's College 7-15

Pepperdine 16-7; National ranking #17

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,2,3,1,6,4)



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