Fanselow Earns National Recognition for Sportsmanship
Senior Sebastian Fanselow wins the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award on the eve of the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championship.
May 21, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - The ITA National Award winners were announced today at a luncheon held at the University of Illinois Colonnades Club, and Pepperdine men’s tennis senior Sebastian Fanselow was voted the winner of the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award. Fanselow, as well as teammates Alex Sarkissian, Finn Tearney and Francis Alcantara, open play at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Tournament on Wednesday, May 22.
Fanselow (Essen, Germany/Kaplan College Prep) has made quite a name for himself this season for his on-court conduct, winning the USTA/ITA Sportsmanship Award last fall at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship in Flushing, N.Y. He was also announced as the southwest regional winner of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship last week.
The ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award is the ITA’s longest-running award and goes to a Division I men’s player who displays sportsmanship, character, excellent academics and has had outstanding tennis playing accomplishments. The award was established in 1969 in memory of Rafael Osuna, who was killed in a plane accident at the age of 30. Osuna is one of the all-time great collegiate tennis players, winning three NCAA doubles titles (1961-63) and the 1962 NCAA singles title as a member of the USC tennis team.
Fanselow is just the second Wave to take home this prestigious honor, joining 2002 winner Al Garland.
In four years in Malibu, Fanselow has built quite the resume. He is a three-time ITA All-American in singles and was twice voted West Coast Conference Player of the Year. Within the community, the senior has volunteered at local churches and homeless shelters and has taken an active role in the Waves' adoption of Sully through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE - The singles tournament opens on Wednesday, May 22, while the doubles tournament will start on Thursday, May 23 ... One round will play out each day until Monday, May 27 when the champions will be crowned ... All matches will take place on the courts of the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill.
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TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - The Waves reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the second-consecutive year ... Pepperdine shut out UC Santa Barbara and #20 LSU in Malibu before defeating #32 Memphis 4-2 in Urbana ... The Waves fell short against #2 Georgia, 4-2, to end the 2013 dual season with a 27-6 record.
SINGLES BRACKET - Sebastian Fanselow, ranked #11 in the ITA singles rankings, received the WCC automatic bid and is a 9-16 seed in the 64-person bracket ... As such, Fanselow has already secured All-American status for the third-straight year ... He will face #65 Anis Ghorbel of Drake in round one at 10:30 a.m. (PT) ... Ghorbel is 17-7 overall this season, including 3-6 vs. ranked opponents ... Alex Sarkissian, originally listed as an alternate, snagged a spot in the singles bracket and will face Tennessee’s Hunter Reese in the first round at 12 p.m. (PT) ... Sarkissian is ranked #62 in singles, while Reese is listed at #34 ... Reese is 31-8 this season and held down the No. 2 spot in the Volunteer’s lineup with a 15-2 record.
FANSELOW - The Waves’ ace is 28-8 overall in the 2012-13 ... He concludes his illustrious career with a 78-23 singles record (dual season only) which ranks fifth all-time at Pepperdine for number of wins ... Fanselow boasts a 15-7 record against ranked opponents this year.
SARKISSIAN - Alex Sarkissian went 21-5 during his first season with Pepperdine ... The junior transfer is 3-3 against ranked opponents and split time between No. 2 and No. 3 in the Waves’ singles lineup.
DOUBLES BRACKET - Finn Tearney and Francis Alcantara will reunite for the NCAA Doubles Championship ... The duo, currently ranked #43, opened the year together and went 13-6 (7-5 in duals) before the doubles lineup was altered ... They will face #20 Bob Overbeek and Stephane Piro of Florida in the first round.
ITA REGIONAL AWARDS - The ITA regional award winners were announced last Wednesday and both Sebastian Fanselow and Jason Cook were singled out in the southwest region ... Fanselow was named both the Senior of the Year and the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Awards ... Cook was dubbed the assistant coach of the year.
FRIENDS OF JACLYN FOUNDATION - The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation is a charity that strives to help children with brain tumors and their families. The foundation’s Adopt-A-Child program pairs a child battling a brain tumor with a college sports team who takes the child into their athletic program as member of the team. The child attends practices, games and other activities with his or her newly found brothers and sisters. Pepperdine has taken Sully and his family under its wing all season, formally “adopted” him in a ceremony May 9. Watch Sully’s story here.
WCC AWARDS - The Waves were once again well represented in the All-West Coast Conference awards ... Sebastian Fanselow was named Player of the Year of the second season in a row and Adam Steinberg was honored as WCC Coach of the Year ... Fanselow and Finn Tearney made the singles first team list, followed by Alex Sarkissian as a second team selection ... In doubles, Francis Alcantara-Fanselow snagged a spot on the first team, while the Tearney-Sarkissian pair was recognized on the second team.
RANKINGS - The Waves are currently ranked #12 in the team rankings, and have reached as high as #5 ... Sebastian Fanselow is currently ranked #11 in singles after reaching as high as #4 ... Francis Alcantara broke into the rankings on Feb. 26, reached as high as #53 and currently sits at #102 ... Alex Sarkissian earned a season-best ranking of #60 on April 23 and right now stands at #62 ... Finn Tearney made his first rankings appearance of 2013 at #105, reached as high as #77 and currently sits at #107 ... Tearney and Alcantara also broke into the doubles rankings on Feb. 26 at #27 and currently rank #43.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY - Pepperdine is officially made its 33rd appearance at the championships ... The Waves are officially 54-32 all-time at the tournament, including a 12-2 record when playing in Malibu ... Pepperdine won the national title in 2006 ... Last year, the Waves upset second-seeded Georgia in the quarterfinals, 4-3, in front of 3,100+ hometown fans ... Pepperdine succumbed to Virginia in a rain-hindered semifinal, 4-1.
WCC PLAYER OF THE MONTH - Sebastian Fanselow was the West Coast Conference singles player of the month for November, after his run at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship, and again in February ... Mousheg Hovhannisyan and David Sofaer were awarded January Doubles Team of the Month honors after opening the season with back-to-back victories ... Finn Tearney and Francis Alcantara were announced as February’s WCC Doubles Team of the Month after being honored as All-Tournament performers at the ITA National Indoor Team Championship ... April’s WCC Doubles Team of the Month was awarded to Tearney and Alex Sarkissian.
Adam Steinberg - Now in his 11th season as head coach of the Waves, Adam Steinberg boasts career record of 303-155 including a 173-76 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.
NATIONAL INDOOR RECAP - Sebastian Fanselow, who did not compete for the majority of the fall season, made his return to the court at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship in Flushing, N.Y. in November ... After defeating two top-10 ranked opponents in straight sets, Fanselow was pitted against #8-ranked and top seeded Alex Domijan in the semifinals ... After splitting the first two sets, the duo fought all the way to a 6-6 tie in the third ... Fanselow held serve and proceed to break Domijan’s serve at love to secure the match 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Fanselow later fell to Domijan’s teammate, Jamere Jenkins, in the finals but not before he was named the USTA/ITA Sportsmanship Award recipient.
2012 AWARDS RECAP - 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 was recognized as the WCC Co-Coach of the Year. On Monday, the ITA released its regional awards winners. Steinberg was named Southwest Coach of the Year. Fanselow was dubbed the Player to Watch in the Southwest region and later recognized as the national award winner. He also picked up All-American accolades in singles for the second-straight year.
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 #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.