The next team spotlight features the best team not in a major conference.
The Pepperdine Waves
1: 17 Sebastian Fanselow (Sophomore, Essen,Germany)
2: 58 Finn Tearney (Sophomore, Wellington,New Zealand)
3: 48 Alex Llompart (Junior, Carolina,Puerto Rico)
4: Alfredo Moreno (Senior, Queretaro,Mexico)
5: Mousheg Hovhannisyan (Sophmore, North Hollywood,CA)
6: 122 Jenson Turner (Junior, Woodland Hills,CA)
alt: Hugh Clarke (Junior, Brisbane,Australia)
Currently ranked #17 in the nation. Fanselow has had an amazing year for a sophomore. He uses his 6'4 height to overpower many of his opponents. He is a strong #1 for the waves
Key wins: def 19 Nguyen(USC) 7-6(4) 6-3, def 30 Courtney(Virginia) 4-6 7-6(4) 7-6(4) def 33 Kearney(UC Irvine) 6-3 7-5)
worst loss: none, all losses to decently ranked players
Currently ranked 48 in the ITA rankings. Played Davis Cup for Puerto Rico this past weekend. He has more experience than Tearney and Fanselow at the college level. Very strong #3 player, could easily play #2 but he is currently sitting behing Tearney.
Key wins: def 44 Poldma(USC) 6-1 2-6 7-5, def 52 Meister(UCLA) 4-6 6-3 6-2
worst loss: defeated by Tweedt(Hawaii) 7-6 ret.
Powerful trifecta at teh top. The top 3 is vry strong and can hang with any team in the nation. This team has tons of potential considering all of their top 7 players(except Moreno) will be returning next season. Which means they could be even better next year. They are an outdoor team which will benefit them come NCAA time. They have solid depth as well with strong players at 5 and 6
Youth, while good to some degree is also a negative. Faselow and Tearney are young players and may not be 100% ready to step it up when they are facing the big boys later in the season.
They will easily win the West Coast, San Diego being the only team that can hang with them. They have risen to #13 in the latest rankings. This team has top 10 potential, with a very good top 3 and solid 4-6. Doubles is also pretty strong with two ranked doubles teams. What may hurt them is the lack of serious competitiononce they get into the West Coast schedule. It is vital that they stay in the top 16 and get to host a regional. Because of their location, they are often shipped out to the Southern Cal or Stanford regional which is a draw of death for any team.
Results this year:
(doubles 1,2,3 singles 1,2,3,4,5,6 W=win L=loss U=went unfinished)
def UC Santa Barbara 7-0 (WWW WWWWWW)
def 34 UC Irvine 5-2 (WWW WWWLLW)
def 24 Virginia Tech (WWU LWWLLW) - Moreno pulld out a gutsy win on court 6 to secure a win over a good Hokie team.
loss to 4 Duke 4-3 (LLW LWWLLW) - Heartbreaking doubles loss ended up being the key. Tearney did get a big win over 7 Carleton 16-14 in the supertiebreaker. 4 and 5 gave dissapointing efforts.
def Loyola Marymount 7-0 (WWW WWWWWW)
def 50 Santa Clara 7-0 (WWW WWWWWW)
loss to 7 Southern Cal 5-2 (LWW LLLLWL) - Strong doubles win but the Waves could not follow it up as the Trojans dominated singles. Only Hovhannisyan was able to win, beat Lucassen 6-4 6-4. Llompart had a lopsided 6-2 6-2 loss to 19 Nguyen.
def 54 Boise State (LWW WWWLWW)
def 35 Alabama 4-0 (UWW WWWUUU)
def 25 Notre Dame 4-0 (WWU WWWUUU) - Notre Dame just beat Illinois, so this was an impressive win for Pepperdine. Fanselow,Tearney and Llompart rolled.
def 26 Auburn 4-0 (WUW UUWWWU)
def Hawaii 6-1 (WWW WWLWWW) - Llompart retired, hopefully there isn't much to that injury.