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Alex Sarkissian's game stacks up at next level for Pepperdine

A former Glendale Community College graduate, Sarkissian has cracked top-100 in ITA rankings with Pepperdine.

March 27, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Alex Sarkissian (Glendale Community College, 2011) redshirt junior, Pepperdine University men’s tennis: After blowing away the competition with the Vaqueros, Sarkissian has shown he stacks up against NCAA competition at Pepperdine.

The Waves are currently on a four-match winning streak and ranked sixth in NCAA Division I with a 14-4, 1-0 in West Coast Conference record and Sarkissian, a Glendale native, has also been in top form as of late with wins in his last four singles matches that have him at 11-3 on the year.

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Pepperdine opened conference play with a win over Loyola Marymount, 4-3, on March 20 and has also defeated No. 15 California (4-3), Princeton (5-2) and No. 11 Oklahoma (4-3) in its win streak. It will resume action Friday against conference-foe San Francisco.

The Waves shot up from No. 11 to sixth in the NCAA with its victory over Oklahoma Saturday. Sarkissian gave his team a 3-2 lead in the match when he defeated the Sooners’ Axel Alvarez Llamas, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Sarkissian and Francis Alcantara later fell to Llamas and Guillermo Alcorta in doubles, 8-2.

After starting the season on a 7-1 run, Sarkissian dropped consecutive matches to Alex Petrone (6-2, 6-1) of No. 30 Michigan and Yannick Hanfmann (6-4, 6-4) of No. 3 USC on March 6 and 8, respectively.

He got back to his winning ways against California’s Gregory Bayane (6-4, 7-5), Loyola Marymount’s Nicholas Bjerke (6-0, 6-2) and Princeton’s Zack McCourt (6-4, 6-4).

After entering the season unranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Assn., Sarkissian has climbed as high as 73rd in singles rankings and currently sits at 94.

In doubles, Sarkissian’s overall record is 6-10. He’s teamed most often with Sebastian Fanselow and the duo is 6-8 this year.

Chris Stroh (Glendale Community College, 2012) junior outfielder, Westmont College baseball: Among the team leaders in batting average, stolen bases, runs batted in and slugging percentage, Stroh has continued to find a number of ways spark a Westmont team’s offense.

The Warriors extended their winning streak to four games Wednesday with a 12-9 extra-inning win in the opener of a doubleheader on the road at Vanguard. Their streak ended later that day in a 6-1 loss in the finale.

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