Sarkissian, Alcantara Wrap Collegiate Careers in Athens
Alex Sarkissian faces off against Brayden Schnur at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the NCAA Singles Championship.
May 20, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Seniors Alex Sarkissian and Francis Alcantara of the Pepperdine men's tennis team make their final appearances as collegiate student-athletes this week at the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championship. Sarkissian will represent the Waves in both singles and doubles, alongside Alcantara, at the historic Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
NCAA SINGLES, FIRST ROUND - #28 Alex Sarkissian vs. #15 Brayden Schnur (North Carolina) | May 21 | Athens, Ga. | 9 a.m.
NCAA DOUBLES, FIRST ROUND - #15 Sarkissian/Alcantara vs. #12 Ashok Narayana/Max Schnur (Columbia) | May 22 | Time TBA
COVERAGE - Complete tournament coverage, including live video, scores and schedule, can be found at the Tournament Central ... Recaps will be posted at PepperdineSports.com ... In-match updates can be followed on Twitter @PeppTennis.
SARKISSIAN NOTES - Senior Alex Sarkissian is making his second-straight appearance at the NCAA Singles Championship ... Reached the round of 16 at the 2013 NCAA Singles Championship to earn All-American status after defeating #34 Hunter Reese in three sets and #10 Ryan Lipman in straight sets ... Unseeded and ranked #62 in singles during the tournament ... Sarkissian has never met with freshman Brayden Schnur in collegiate competition ... Sarkissian is 24-10 overall in 2013-14, while Schnur is 19-4 ... UNC reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Team Championship before falling to Oklahoma.
SARKISSIAN/ALCANTARA NOTES - #15-ranked Alex Sarkissian and Francis Alcantara enter the doubles championship with a 21-7 overall record, including a 5-3 mark vs. ranked opponents ... This is Sarkissian's first go at the NCAA Doubles Championship, while Alcantara is making his third-straight appearance ... Alcantara battled alongside Finn Tearney in 2013, while competing with Remi Boutillier in 2012 while at Fresno State ... He lost in the first round on both occasions but enters the 2014 tournament ranked higher than he's ever been ... Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur (not related to Sarkissian's singles opponent Brayden Schnur) of Columbia are 21-9 on the season.
ALL-WCC - All three seniors made the 2014 All-West Coast Conference team ... Alex Sarkissian was named the WCC Player of the Year ... He is the 16th Wave to win the award in its 17 years of existence ... Francis Alcantara and Sarkissian were All-WCC first team picks in singles and together in doubles ... David Sofaer made his all-conference debut as a singles second teamer.
WAVES' SOCIAL CIRCLE - Stay informed with up-to-the-minute coverage by following the men's tennis team on Twitter @PeppTennis ... Like us on Facebook by searching for Pepperdine Men's Tennis ... Tag us in Instragram photos at PepperdineWaves.
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - The Waves have already collected their fair share of conference honors this season ... Alex Sarkissian was the first player in the league to repeat as WCC Singles Player of the Week (2/11, 3/13) ... Sarkissian and Francis Alcantara have been voted WCC Doubles Team of the Week six of the possible 10 times (2/11, 2/25, 3/16, 3/26, 4/8, 4/16) ... Alcantara picked up his first Singles Player of the Week nod on March 26.
RANKINGS - Senior Alex Sarkissian opened the 2014 dual season ranked a then career-high #33 in singles, and has since moved up to as high as #27 and is currently #28 ... Fellow senior David Sofaer reached as high as #58 in the singles rankings ... Sarkissian and Francis Alcantara are ranked #15 in doubles ... As a team, Pepperdine is ranked #51.
Adam Steinberg - Now in his 12th season as head coach of the Waves, Adam Steinberg boasts career record of 320-168 including a 120-89 mark at Pepperdine. Since setting foot on the Malibu campus in 2003, Steinberg has captured seven WCC conference championships, seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament, and an NCAA Championship crown in 2006. He has tutored 16 Waves to All-American status, and has been named WCC Coach of the Year seven times. Prior to coming to Pepperdine, Steinberg served as the head coach at Alabama and St. John's for five seasons apiece.
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 undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have 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 #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.