May 15, 2004
LOS ANGELES - In a match much closer than the final score indicated, the Pepperdine men's tennis team defeated Fresno State, 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Los Angeles Tennis Center Saturday. With the win, the Waves (19-8) advance to Sunday's regional final and will meet the winner of today's afternoon match featuring fourth-seeded UCLA and Oral Roberts. With the loss, the Bulldogs end their season with a 13-10 overall record.
Pepperdine began the day by claiming the doubles point with a pair of decisive victories on court Nos. 2 and 3. The Waves registered an 8-2 win at the No. 2 position and followed that up with an 8-4 victory at court No. 3. Play was suspended at No. 1 doubles once the point was decided.
First to finish in singles was court No. 2, where Pepperdine's Calle Hansen lost just four games en route to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Stefan Suta. Next to finish was court No. 3, where Alexandre Herrera cruised in a second-set tiebreaker to beat Fresno State's Alex Krohn, 6-2, 7-6(1).
The match was clinched at the No. 6 position, where Pepperdine's Richard Johnson slipped past Sergiu Modoc, 6-3, 7-5. Although Pepperdine had clinched the win at that point, the three remaining matches were all in a third set and very close.
Sunday's regional final between Pepperdine and the winner of UCLA and Oral Roberts will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
|1.||(60) Doerner/Herrera (Pepp) vs. Shearer/Suta (FSU)||Susp.|
|2.||Kevin Borzenski/Hansen (Pepp) def. Cech/Krohn (FSU)||8-2|
|3.||Rafidison/Rico (Pepp) def. Modoc/Sinn (FSU)||8-4|
|Pepperdine Wins Doubles Point|
|1.||(21) Pedro Rico (Pepp) vs. (85) Greg Shearer (FSU)||Susp.|
|2.||(59) Calle Hansen (Pepp) def. Stefan Suta (FSU)||6-2, 6-2|
|3.||Alexandre Herrera (Pepp) def. Alex Krohn (FSU)||6-2, 7-6(1)|
|4.||Scott Doerner (Pepp) vs. Jakub Cech (FSU)||Susp.|
|5.||Alexis Rafidison (Pepp) vs. Andy Sinn (FSU)||Susp.|
|6.||Richard Johnson (Pepp) def. Sergiu Modoc (FSU)||6-3, 7-5*|
|* Denotes Clinching Match - Singles Order of Finish: 2, 3, 6|