Pepperdine rolled to its 16th consecutive West Coast Conference championship and then entered the NCAA Championships ranked #2 in the nation. After disposing of Montana State and Texas Christian in the first two rounds held in Malibu, the Waves headed up to Stanford for the finals. There, they knocked out #16 Florida in the round of 16 and #10 UCLA in the quarterfinals.
Though the Waves had been beaten at Texas a little more than one month earlier, this time around Pepperdine came away with a 4-1 victory in the semifinals. That set up the NCAA championship against #1 Georgia, which hadn’t lost a match all season.
Pepperdine won the doubles point, then took a commanding 3-0 lead with singles victories by Omar Altmann at #6 and Ivor Lovrak at #3. Though Georgia won the next two singles matches, the Waves needed to win just one of the remaining two matches to claim the championship. Andre Begemann came through at #4 singles with a 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory to clinch the title and set off the celebration.
It was Pepperdine’s first NCAA title in men’s tennis, and the school’s second national title in the sport (the Waves won the 1952 NAIA championship).