Waves Host Opening Rounds of NCAA Championship this Weekend

Alex Llompart

May 9, 2012

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MALIBU, Calif. - The #7 Pepperdine men’s tennis team opens the 2012 NCAA Tournament at home this Friday and Saturday, May 11-12, with the first and second rounds. The Waves play host to Green Bay, Washington and North Carolina State.

MATCH #1 | FIRST ROUND - Friday (May 11) at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center: #28 Washington (16-8) vs. #38 North Carolina State (20-9) at 11 a.m.

MATCH #2 | FIRST ROUND - Friday (May 11) at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center: #7 Pepperdine (23-6) vs. Green Bay (19-6) at 2 p.m.

MATCH #3 | SECOND ROUND - Saturday (May 12) at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center: Winner Match #1 vs. Winner Match #2 at 12 p.m.

COVERAGE - Live scores will be available for all three matches and can be accessed here.

TICKETS - Single-day prices for first and second rounds are $8 for adults and $5 for students/seniors/children. Tickets can be purchased on match day at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center. Call the Ticket Office at (866) WAVE-TIX for more information.

TWITTER - Fans can follow the Waves on Twitter @PeppTennis or @PepperdineWaves and “like” us on Facebook by searching for Pepperdine Athletics. Follow @NCAATennis2012 for all the latest news on this season’s championship.

ATHENS - Following the first and second rounds contested at campus sites around the country, the remainder of the NCAA Championships will play out at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The team tournament runs May 18-22, and the singles and doubles championship follows on May 23-28.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY - The Waves have hosted the first and second rounds on six occasions prior to this year and are 10-2 when playing at home. Overall, Pepperdine boasts a 51-33 NCAA Tournament record in its 35 appearances. The team’s best showing came in 2006, when they were crowned the NCAA Champions.

SCOUTING THE FIELD - Green Bay is making its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the program’s first Horizon League Championship. Washington is making its 18th consecutive tournament appearance after receiving an at large bid. The Huskies fell 4-3 to California in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals. North Carolina State is making its fifth tournament appearance in program history, and finished sixth in the ACC regular-season standings. The Wolfpack advanced to the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament Championship.

STREAKING - As a team, the Waves have won 20 duals in a row, which is tied for their longest win streak in program history. Pepperdine strung together 20 wins back in 1985 when they finished the season 30-7 and ranked #6 in the country. Individually, Sebastian Fanselow has won the last 15 consecutive singles matches, followed by Alex Llompart, who is on a 14 match win streak. In doubles, Hugh Clarke and David Sofaer are 15-0 dating back to March 9. Fanselow and Jenson Turner have won 10 in a row and are the reigning WCC Doubles team of the Month.

SERIES SCORE - Pepperdine is 6-3 all-time versus Washington (including a 7-0 win on March 21). The Waves have never played Green Bay or North Carolina State.

LOOKING BACK - The Waves won their 42nd WCC Tournament title last weekend, after defeating San Diego 4-1. They also claimed the regular season title after going a perfect 8-0 vs. league opponents.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS - With a career singles win tally of 72 (dual matches only), senior Alex Llompart is tied for ninth place in the career wins category at Pepperdine, along with former Wave Ashley Naumann. Llompart needs four more wins to tie for seventh. Sebastian Fanselow and Jenson Turner’s career win total as a doubles team currently stands at 33, which ranks tied for fifth in the Waves’ history. Hugh Clarke and David Sofaer’s current winning percentage of .870 (20-3) ranks tied for eighth in the single season winning percentage category.

LOOKING AHEAD - Sebastian Fanselow, Finn Tearney and Alex Llompart will participate in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship in Athens, Ga. on May 23-28. Fanselow and Tearney will represent Pepperdine in the 64-player singles tournament, while Tearney and Llompart are set to compete in the 32-team doubles championship.

AWARDS SEASON - As the end of the season approaches, the Waves have begun to pick up a number of different awards. Sebastian Fanselow was named the Pepperdine Athletics Male Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season, while Daniel Moss was voted Wave of the Year. Fanselow was also named WCC Player of the Year. Fanselow and Finn Tearney made the All-WCC singles first team roster, while Alex Llompart was a second team honoree. In doubles, the duos of Tearney/Llompart and Jenson Turner/Fanselow were voted to the All-WCC first team, and David Sofaer/Hugh Clarke picked up on an honorable mention. Sofaer earned WCC All-Academic team recognition. Adam Steinberg were recognized as the WCC Co-Coach of the Year.

TEAM RANKINGS - The Waves are currently ranked #7 in the ITA rankings. Washington is ranked #28, and North Carolina State holds the #28 spot. Green Bay is not ranked, but

SINGLED OUT - The latest individual rankings were released on April 30 and several Waves have earned a spot in the poll. In singles, three Pepperdine student-athletes are currently ranked including Sebastian Fanselow (#8 - career best), Finn Tearney (#30) and Mousheg Hovhannisyan (#109). In doubles, Tearney and Llompart are listed at #15.

THE REST - North Carolina State’s Jaime Pulgar is listed at #34 in the singles rankings, while Kyle McMorrow of Washington sits at #23.

WCC DOUBLES TEAM OF THE MONTH - Sebastian Fanselow and Jenson Turner were named WCC Doubles Team of the Month after going undefeated during the month of April. Fanselow was also deemed the singles player of the month.

SEB IN SINGLES - Junior Sebastian Fanselow is 21-3 in singles so far this dual season, including a 17-2 record from the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Fanselow is currently riding a 15-match win streak, including two victories versus players ranked in the top-five. At #8, he is the top-ranked singles player in the West Coast Conference.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE - The Waves boast one of the toughest schedules in the country, and have already played 16 teams ranked in the top-25, with eight of those teams listed in the top-10.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH RECAP - Finn Tearney picked up West Coast Conference Singles Player of the Month honors after reaching the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championships on Oct. 20-24. Although the junior has earned doubles player of the month recognition on four occasions, this was the first time he was honored for his success in singles. Sebastian Fanselow earned the same award for the month of November.

THE LINEUP - In singles, Sebastian Fanselow and Finn Tearney trade time in the top two spots, while Alex Llompart and Mousheg Hovhannisyan hold down the middle of the lineup. Hugh Clarke, Jenson Turner and David Sofaer share time playing at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots. Llompart and Tearney play No. 1 doubles, while Fanselow and Turner have been a mainstay at No. 2. Clarke and Sofaer team up to play No. 3 doubles.

Adam Steinberg — Now in his 10th season as head coach of the Waves, Adam Steinberg enters the 2011 season with a career record of 324-145 (.691) including a 194-66 (.746) mark at Pepperdine. Since setting foot on the Malibu campus in 2003, Steinberg has captured eight WCC conference championships, eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, and an NCAA Championship crown in 2006. He has tutored 15 Waves to All-American status, and has been named WCC Coach of the Year five times. Prior to coming to Pepperdine, Steinberg served as the head coach at Alabama and St. John’s for five seasons apiece.

TENNIS HISTORY — The Pepperdine men’s tennis program is synonymous with the word excellence, as the Waves are a perennial national power. The Waves have advanced to postseason play 35 times in 38 seasons, including an NCAA championship in 2006. Within the WCC, Pepperdine has dominated the competition, winning 41 conference championships since 1958.

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 16 schools to have accomplished this feat - and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not in a major conference. 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 #55 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges. The 2011-12 school year marks Pepperdine’s 75th anniversary.



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