tennis-men-d1 flag | May 24, 2014

Pepperdine goes inside-out

On Friday, a tweet brought attention to a curious aspect at the Division I doubles championship in Athens, Georgia.

The answer came on Saturday in the form of a video interview. It turns out that Pepperdine's Alex Sarkissian and Francis Alcantara have been wearing their hats inside out throughout the year.

Unorthodox? Yes, but it seems to be working for the duo. By reaching Saturday's quarterfinals, they have been named ITA All-Americans.

“This is one of the biggest rewards for a college tennis player and it really means a lot to me, to be an All-American for Pepperdine,” said Alcantara after Friday's match. “This is the last tournament of my senior year, and I’m just so lucky and thankful to have a doubles partner like Alex.”

Sarkissian and Alcantara started off the tournament by dispatching Columbia's Ashok Narayana/Max Schnur 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, and followed that up by trumping North Florida's Jack Findel-Hawkins/Norbert Nemcsek 6-2, 6-1.

Sarkissian also reached the Round of 16 in the singles bracket to earn ITA All-American honors there as well. He is the first player from Pepperdine to get dual All-American awards since 2009.