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Former Glendale Community College standout Alex Sarkissian concludes excellent season for Pepperdine tennis


One-time GCC ace goes to NCAA's final 16; Chapjian, Lewis-Clark still alive in NAIA World Series.

May 28, 2013|By Grant Gordon,
  • Glendale Angelenos and Glendale Community College product Sako Chapjian and Lewis-Clark, an NAIA school, are still going strong, having staved off elimination and advanced to the NAIA World Series semifinals. (File Art)
Glendale Angelenos and Glendale Community College product…

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

Alex Sarkissian (Glendale Community College, 2011) Pepperdine University tennis junior: After a wildly successful and undefeated sophomore season for Glendale Community College in 2011, Sarkissian moved on to play for the Waves.

After redshirting his first season at Pepperdine, Sarkissian put together a phenomenal rookie year.

His season concluded in the NCAA Singles Championship tournament, making it all the way to the final 16 before falling Friday to Tulsa’s Japie De Klerk in a dramatic match, 7-6 (7-0), 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, Ill.

The loss put a close to a season in which Sarkissian earned Intercollegiate Tennis Assn. All-American status as a singles player in addition to spots on the All-West Coast Conference second team in both singles and doubles for the Waves. Sarkissian posted an overall 23-6 record his junior season.


Ranked 62nd in the ITA singles poll coming into the NCAA tourney, Sarkissian defeated No. 34 Hunter Reese of Tennessee, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 in the first round and put on his best performance and pulled off his biggest upset in the second round, sweeping No. 10 Ryan Lipman of Vanderbilt, 6-4, 6-2.

As a team, No. 12 Pepperdine advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament and lost to No. 2 Georgia, 4-2, on May 18, finishing the year with a 27-6 record. Sarkissian lost a hard-fought match to Nathan Pasha, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Sako Chapjian (Glendale Community College, 2011) Lewis-Clark State baseball senior: The Hoover High graduate, who was a standout at GCC and also played for the Glendale Angelenos, is wrapping up his college career with his fourth stop — two junior colleges, two four-year schools.

Chapjian and Lewis-Clark, an NAIA school renowned for producing Major League Baseball players, are still going strong, having staved off elimination and advanced to the NAIA World Series semifinals with a dramatic 3-2 win over The Master’s College on Tuesday afternoon in Lewiston, Id.

Chapjian came off the bench and went 0 for 1 as a pinch hitter.

Seventh-seeded Lewis-Clark, which hosts the series, scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the ninth for the comeback.

Lewis-Clark (44-14) will play against a team to be determined and at a time to be determined in the semifinals on Wednesday. (For information when pairings are released, visit

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