Battle in the Bay Classic on Deck for Men's Tennis Team

Kento Tanaka-Tamaki

Oct. 10, 2012

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MALIBU, Calif. - David Sofaer and Kento Tanaka-Tamaki will represent the Pepperdine men’s tennis team at the Battle in the Bay Classic this weekend, Oct. 12-14. Sofaer and Tanaka-Tamaki are scheduled to compete in both the singles and the doubles competition.

In addition to Pepperdine, USC, Duke, Boise State, San Francisco, Saint Mary’s, California, Cal Poly, San Diego and Pacific are all sending student-athletes to the Battle in the Bay Classic, now in its fourth year.

Sofaer, as well as now-graduated Hugh Clarke, competed at the Battle in the Bay Classic in 2011. The duo won the doubles crown while both finished second in their respective singles brackets -- Clarke in the main draw, Sofaer in the consolation draw.

SCHEDULE - The first round of doubles is scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m., followed by one round of singles. Saturday’s slate includes the quarterfinals for both singles and doubles, while the championship matches will take place on Sunday starting at 10 a.m.

BATTLE IN THE BAY ON THE WEB - Battle in the Bay Classic is on both Facebook and Twitter (@battleinthebay1). Additional information about the tournament can be found on its website at

LOOKING BACK - Pepperdine opened the 2012-13 season on Sept. 14-16 on the clay courts of the Olympia Fields Country Club. Sebastian Fanselow went 2-1 in singles at the tournament, while Mousheg Hovhannisyan also picked up a win. In doubles, the pairs of Hovhannisyan-Damian Gryzelko and Gryzelko-David Sofaer both put a tally in the wins column. Finn Tearney later competed in the singles main draw at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

LOOKING AHEAD - Next week, the Waves compete against the best of the Southwest Region at the USTA/ITA Regional Championships. The tournament, this year hosted by UC Irvine, runs Oct. 18-21.

COVERAGE - Recaps and results to this week’s tournament will be available at

TWITTER - Fans can follow the Waves on Twitter @PeppTennis or @PepperdineWaves and “like” us on Facebook by searching for Pepperdine Athletics.

SINGLED OUT - Three Pepperdine student-athletes are currently in the ITA Collegiate preseason rankings including Sebastian Fanselow (#3), Finn Tearney (#14), Mousheg Hovhannisyan (#63). In doubles, Tearney and Fanselow are listed at #9. For a complete listing of the rankings, visit

Adam Steinberg — Now in his 11th season as head coach of the Waves, Adam Steinberg enters the 2012 season with a career record of 276-149 including a 146-70 mark at Pepperdine. Since setting foot on the Malibu campus in 2003, Steinberg has captured six WCC conference championships, six 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 six times. Prior to coming to Pepperdine, Steinberg served as the head coach at Alabama and St. John’s for five seasons apiece.

2012 MEN’S DUAL RECAP — The Waves finished the 2012 season with a 27-7 record and concluded the season ranked #6 in the Campbell’s/ITA Collegiate Rankings. The men’s squad won a program-record 24 dual matches in a row and reached the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament after upsetting Georgia 4-3 in the quarterfinals. The previous win-streak record was held by the 1985 team that strung together 20 wins, finishing the season 30-7 and ranked #6 in the country.

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.



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