Waves Look to Divide and Conquer During Final Week of Fall Season

Sebastian Fanselow

Nov. 6, 2012

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MALIBU, Calif. - In the final week of the fall season, members of the Pepperdine men’s tennis team will travel to three different corners of the continental United States for three separate tournaments. Sebastian Fanselow will represent the Waves at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship in Flushing, N.Y., while Finn Tearney and Kento Tanaka-Tamaki head to Florida for the Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic. David Sofaer, Damian Gryzelko and Mousheg Hovhannisyan will stay in the area to compete at the 56th Southern California Intercollegiate Championship beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

SO CAL CHAMPIONSHIP - The Southern California Intercollegiate Championship, now in its 56th year, will take place Nov. 7-11 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center located on the campus of UCLA. David Sofaer opens singles qualification play on Wednesday, Nov. 7 vs. Ganesh Alagappan of UC San Diego. Damian Gryzelko plays San Diego’s Romain Kalaydjian and Mousheg Hovhannisyan goes up against BYU’s Francis Sargeant in the first round of the main draw on Thursday. Sofaer and Hovhannisyan will also team up in the doubles competition. Complete qualifying and main draws, as well as results can be found at: http://gowav.es/TGstZ8

USTA/ITA NATIONAL INDOOR INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP - Sebastian Fanselow, ranked #3 in the ITA preseason singles poll earned the ITA Wildcard entry into the singles draw of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship. The event will be held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center -- home of the U.S. Open -- in Flushing, N.Y. It is the only tournament on the ITA calendar to showcase elite players from every level of college tennis and serves as the culmination of the fall season. This prestigious event features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw. Draws for the tournament, which begins on Thursday, Nov. 8, will be released later this week and can be found on the ITA website. In addition to the draws, links to player bios and live scoring is also available: http://gowav.es/WrQHtC Radio coverage will be provided for free by RadioTennis.com, with broadcasts beginning at 7:15 a.m. (PT) each morning.

LAKEWOOD RANCH INTERCOLLEGIATE CLAY COURT CLASSIC - Finn Tearney and Kento Tanaka-Tamaki head to Lakewood Ranch, Fla. for the annual clay court collegiate tournament. The event, sponsored by Dick Vitale, runs Nov. 9-11 and features players from Duke, Arizona, Miami, Virginia, Minnesota, South Florida, Oklahoma State and Princeton.

LOOKING BACK - The Waves last saw action at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional. Finn Tearney and Mousheg Hovhannisyan advanced to the semifinals of the doubles draw -- an impressive feat considering it was the first time the two had ever paired up with one another. In singles, Tearney reached the round of 16 in singles.

LOOKING AHEAD - This is the final week of the fall season for the men’s tennis team. The dual season opens in January with a home match versus Pacific on the 20th at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center. Following a road dual at Washington on Jan. 23, the Waves return to the home courts to host the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Pepperdine welcomes Denver, Florida State and Drake to Malibu for the two-day event. The overall winner earns a bid to the ITA National Indoor Championships in February.

COVERAGE - Recaps and results to this week’s tournament will be available at www.PepperdineSports.com. In addtion, RadioTennis.com will be providing free coverage of the USTA/ITA Indoor National Championships in New York. Broadcasts begin at 7:15 a.m. (PT) daily.

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 http://www.itatennis.com/AwardsAndRankings/Rankings.htm

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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