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26 | April 12, 2018 |

26 | April 12, 2018 | Malibu surfside news Sports Pepperdine Athletics Women’s tennis completes perfect week with three sweeps The Waves recorded their fifth West Coast Conference sweep of the season Saturday, April 7, against Portland at Louisiana Pacific Tennis Center. The 4-0 win bumped Pepperdine to 16-1, 5-0 WCC on the season. The Waves came out to dominate doubles, winning the 14th-doubles point in the team’s 17 total matches and 11th-uncontested doubles point of the season. No. 17 Mayar Sherif and Luisa Stefani — who were named WCC doubles pair of the week on April 3 — opened with a 6-1 win on Court 1 to start things off. Then, on Court 3, Ashley Lahey and Adrijana Lekaj clinched the doubles point with a 6-0 win to send Pepperdine into singles with the advantage. The Waves took all singles first sets on Courts 1-3. No. 72 Evgeniya Levashova blanked her opponent on Court 3 with a pair of 6-0 sets. Then, Lahey went 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 2 position to put Pepperdine in a position to clinch the overall. Stefani gritted out a 7-6 win in the first set, but fell 6-4 in the second. She was leading 4-1 in the third when the match was clinched. Dzina Milovanovic went 6-1, 6-0 to win the overall. No. 115 Laura Gulbe was leading 6-1, 5-1 on Court 4 before the match ended due to the clinch. Gulbe and Levashova are on an eight-match winning streaks in singles, while Sherif is on a seven-match streak. In doubles, Lahey and Lekaj have won eightconsecutive matches. On Friday, April 6, the Waves beat Gonzaga 4-0 on the road. Pepperdine also went 4-0 in a non-conference match against USC at home on April 3. BASEBALL Waves drop series finale to visiting Pacific Pepperdine rallied for three runs in the ninth on Sunday, April 8, but ultimately fell 4-3 to Pacific in its home series finale. Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the ninth, Pepperdine (14-16, 6-6) got an RBI single from Jordan Qsar and a two-run single from Mike Malinchak to cut the Pacific (12-18, 4-8) lead to 1, but the Waves left the game-tying run stranded at first. Sophomore second baseman Quincy McAfee went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored. Sophomore right-hander Michael Mahony entered the game with the bases and no outs in the eighth inning and got the Waves out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts and a lineout. On Friday, April 6, the Waves beat Pacific 5-3, and on Saturday, April 7, the Waves had a 6-3 victory over Pacific. On April 3, the Waves dropped a game to CSUN 10-4 at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves’ Cory Wills and Billy Cook each went 2-for-4 to account for four of Pepperdine’s five hits in the contest. MEN’S VOLLEYBALL Waves sweep Standford on senior night In familiar fashion, Pepperdine’s David Wieczorek’s team-leading 15 kills helped the Waves sweep their opponent Saturday, April 7. The Waves beat Stanford 25-21, 25-17 and 25-21 in the senior night matchup at Firestone Fieldhouse. In the Waves’ 22 matches, Wieczorek has led the team in kills on 15 occasions. He also leads the conference in points/set, aces/set and kills/set, and is second in hitting percentage. In this game, Wieczorek had a .629 hitting percentage, three aces, four digs, two blocks and 20 service receptions. Colby Harriman had 13 kills, a .600 hitting percentage, one ace and seven blocks. Pepperdine commanded the net offensively and defensively, demanding 48 kills on a .500 clip and 10 team blocks throughout three sets of action, while the opposition posted 34 kills and four team blocks. The Cardinal led the floor in digs with 24 to the Waves’ 16, but Pepperdine outserved Stanford with four aces to two. Waves Robert Mullahey and Max Chamberlain rank in the Top 5 in two separate statistical categories, with Mullahey averaging 10.46 assists/set and Chamberlain posting 1.27 blocks/set this season. A few days earlier, on Thursday, April 5, the Waves were felled in three sets by No. 2 BYU in Firestone Fieldhouse. The Cougars posted a strong offensive throughout the match to mark 25-20, 25-17 and 25-14 set scores over the Waves. Pepperdine begins postseason in the MPSF quarterfinal, which will take place on April 14 at home. TRACK Multiple Waves set PRs, season bests Pepperdine’s 4-by-400 relay team raised the bar on Saturday, April 7. Runners Brandon Davis, Preston Gromer, Kieran Halewyn and Treet Allison took seventh at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, where they ran the event in 3 minutes, 25.57 seconds and lowered the school record for the second time this season. The previous record of 3:27.79 was set at Westmont on Feb. 17. Several other Waves also put up notable performances. A week after putting her name into the Waves’ alltime Top 5 in the women’s 5,000 meters, freshman Abbey Meck added her name to another list as she went 4:45.74 in the 1,500 meters, good for No. 5 all-time. She came in 23rd place out of 126 runners. Allison also excelled individually, coming in 13th place out of 107 runners in the men’s 800 meters. His time of 1:55.48 was the best by any Wave this season. Gromer and Adam Fahey won heats in that event. Senior Kevin Maeda also had a season-best time in the men’s 1,500 meters. He took 17th place out of 138 runners in 4:00.04 in winning his heat. Halewyn was 21st in 4:00.94 and Jalen Frantal was 28th. Other Pepperdine women finishing with the team’s top times on the day were Sheridan Davis in the 100 and 100 hurdles, Katie O’Malley in the 200 and the 400, and Kaitlyn Davenport in the 800. Davenport’s 2:23.04 was a season-best for any Wave in the 800. The Waves head to UC San Diego’s Triton Invitational Saturday, April 14. The event is likely to be the season’s final event for much of the squad. MEN’S TENNIS Waves defeat Gonzaga, UC Riverside The men’s tennis team picked up two 4-0 wins Sunday, April 8, while facing Gonzaga and UC Riverside at home. Against Gonzaga, doubles pair Dennis Uspensky and Yusuf Khamis won 6-1. Max Mendelsohn and Brian Berdusco won their match 7-6 in a tiebreak. Singles play went the Waves way as well, as Pepperdine got wins on Courts 3, 5 and 6 to earn the sweep. Mendelsohn was the first to finish, taking his match 6-1, 6-0. He was quickly followed by Pane, who won 6-1, 6-2. Esses finished the match for the Waves, taking his match 6-1, 6-3. Berdusco was up 5-2 in the second set after winning the first when the match was clinched. Khamis also won his first set, and was trailing 2-3 in the second, while Uspensky was tied in the second set after losing the first, 3-6. Then, vs. UC Riverside, doubles pair Dane Esses and Lautaro Pane dominated, taking their match 6-0. Uspensky and Mendelsohn followed suit, going 6-2. With the advantage of winning the doubles point, Pepperdine kept its momentum going in singles play. Pepperdine drops 4-2 match to Portland Pepperdine fought valiantly while hosting Portland in a West Coast Conference match Friday, April 6, but the Pilots ultimately pulled ahead 4-2. The Waves fought back after losing the doubles point as both Dane Esses and Lautaro Pane collected the first pair of singles wins, but the Pilots took wins on Courts 1, 4 and 6 to close out the match. men’S Golf Waves take 10th at Western Intercollegiate Joshua McCarthy and RJ Manke both tied for 20th place to lead the men’s golf team as play wrapped up at the Western Intercollegiate Sunday, April 8. The Waves came in 10th place overall with a twoday total of 1,067 (361- 350-356) in the play-six, count-five event at the par- 70 Pasatiempo Golf Club. Sahith Theegala — last year’s WCC co-Player of the Year and an All-American as well as the team’s leader in scoring average this season — sat out last weekend’s tournament with a wrist injury. Information from Pepperdine University and www.pepper Compiled by Editor Lauren Coughlin, lauren@malibusurfsidenews. com. Sports Malibu surfside news | April 12, 2018 | 27 Sharks load the bases, surge to 15-1 win Ryan Flynn Freelance Reporter Electrical issues may have sapped power from the scoreboard on Thursday, April 5, but there was plenty of power on the field. Malibu baseball cruised to a 15-1 beatdown of visiting Carpinteria, a matchup that had originally been rained out early in the season. The Sharks hit the ball hard early and often and relied on a dominant pitching effort to claim the onesided victory. This was a bounceback game after a poor showing against Santa Paula two days earlier, when the Sharks lost 7-3. “We had a better eye at the plate, a far cry from what we did against Santa Paula,” coach Billy Ashley said. “After a loss like that, that’s how I expect my team to respond: with a convincing win.” Malibu relied on their ace, senior pitcher William Tamkin, and the lefty was dealing early. He retired the side 1-2-3 in the first two innings, making it look easy. “He’s definitely made himself into a top pitching player in our league and, in my opinion, in all of Southern California,” Ashley said. “He’s a player that’s to be reckoned with when he’s out there on the mound. He has the ability to get outs and keep guys off balance. When he’s on, he’s pretty untouchable.” On the offensive end, the Sharks’ bats were hungry. Tamkin opened the game Alec Morrison bats to bring a fellow Shark home Thursday, April 5, at Malibu High School. Photos by Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media with a leadoff double to center field. He scored two batters later, on a hard hit ball by junior Colter Barish. After cleanup man Tyler Ray was hit by a pitch, senior Chance Irons hit a deep shot to center field, scoring two more. The Sharks were up 3-0 after one inning. They added two more runs in the second inning, and already it looked like the rout was on. In the sixth, Carpinteria pulled their pitcher — twice — but no one on their staff seemed capable of handling the Malibu bats on this day. The Sharks loaded the bases, scoring on walks, a passed ball, a balk, and the old-fashioned way: RBI hits. “When you can put runs up like that on a quality ballclub like Carpinteria, a top contender in our league, they feed off of it,” Ashley said. Ashley said he has an “emotional” team, one that can get caught in a funk when things go south. On the other side of the coin, it’s a team that can get streaky when things are going well. “It’s just a matter of stringing together a couple of these victories as we did at the end of last year when we went on a 9-0 run that jump-started us into the playoffs,” Ashley said. “Hopefully, now we start to go on a little bit of a run here and put ourselves in position to make another run.” Pitcher William Tamkin throws to Chance Irons to try to pick off the Carpinteria runner. Louie Thrall (right) gets a high-five from coach Billy Ashley at first base.