Sam Bertram
Sam Bertram
Height: 6-2
Year: Senior
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
High School: Caulfield Grammar School
Previous College: Fresno City College
Major: Mechanical Engineering

2014 Action Pictures

AS A SENIOR IN 2014: SINGLES: finished with a 9-14 record on the season, including an 8-11 mark in dual matches … earned the WCC Singles Player of the Week Award on April 14 ... outlasted Daniel Alameh from Pacific on April 11 by a score of 7-6, 2-6, 1-0(9) ... cruised past Jacob Lagman from Saint Mary's 6-2, 6-2 on April 10 to clinch the match for Santa Clara ... downed LMU's Cristobal Rivera 6-4, 6-4 on April 3 ... rolled to a straight-set victory over Rafael Martinez from Holy Names 6-3, 6-4 on March 24 ... dispatched Oregon's Jayson Amos 6-4, 6-4 on February 22 ... defeated Fresno State's Youssef Hassan 7-5, 6-2 on February 14 ... rallied to beat UNC Wilmington's Xander Veys 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 on January 23, helping the Broncos clinch the victory ... defeated Sonoma State's Vincent Paganetti 6-4, 6-3 on January 17 ... bested Cal Poly’s Corey Pang 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to record his first victory of the season at the Battle In The Bay Classic. DOUBLES: finished with an 11-5 record with fellow senior Ilya Osintsev … named to All-WCC Second Team in doubles ... awarded WCC Doubles Team of the Week on April 14 ... ended the season on a six-match winning streak ... routed Gonzaga's Hayden Smith and Vladimir Mijatovic 8-2 in a first round matchup at the WCC Championships on April 23 ... secured fifth consecutive victory after downing Portland's Steffen Dierauf and Michail Pervolarakis 6-3 on April 19 ... bested Gonzaga's Hayden Smith and Vladimir Mijatovic 6-1 on April 18 ... cruised to a 6-1 victory over Roy Brandys and Tom Miller from Sacramento State on April 15 ... dispatched Jose Chamba and Miguel Diaz from Pacific by a score of 6-4 on April 11 ... rolled to a 6-3 victory over Samuel Bloore and Thomas Hunt from Saint Mary's on April 10 ... defeated Matt Halligan and Rafael Martinez from Holy Names by a score of 6-3 on March 24 ... downed Dusty Boyer and Linus Erhart from Nebraska on February 21 by a score of 6-4 ... overcame Fresno State's Josh Zeoli and Youssef Hassan 6-4 on February 14 ... cruised past Washington’s Mitch Stewart and Wendell Watanabe 8-2 in a round of 32 matchup at the ITA Regionals on October 17 … bested Eastern Washington’s Rendell Burghart and Luke Ness in the opening round of the ITA Regionals on October 17.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2013-2014: SINGLES: Posted a 13-9 overall record during the season and 10-7 mark in dual matches … played primarily at the No. 5 or No. 6 position … won a highly contested match against Saint Mary’s Mathias Olsen in the opening round of the WCC Championships 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 on April 23 …Bertram was down 5-2 in the third set against Olsen but rallied to win the match … sealed a two-match winning streak against conference opponents Erik Cederwall and Wil Martin going into the WCC Championships … cruised to a two set match victory over Pacific’s Erik Cederwall 6-3, 6-2 on April 19 … rallied 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to take match against Saint Mary’s Wil Martin on April 18 … outlasted Aidan Carrazedo of BYU 7-5, 7-6(10) on April 5 … trounced Willamette University’s Jake Schreiber 6-1, 6-2 on March 28 … defeated USF’s Thomas Takemoto on March 7 to increase winning streak to five matches … won 6-1, 6-2 victory over Gonzaga’s Vicente Varas on March 2 ... defeated Milen Ianakiev of No. 57 San Diego State 7-6, 6-1 on February 20 ... 6-1, 6-2 victory over Jimmy Soper from UC Santa Cruz on February 1 ... won 6-4, 6-4 over UC Davis at No. 6 to clinch the match on January 18 ... in the fall, reached the quaterfinals of the Aggie Invitational by knocking off Ayman Abdulwahab of Sacramento State 6-4, 6-3. DOUBLES: Finished with a 4-3 mark in dual matches with partner Michael Tjuatjadarma … competed at the No. 3 position … edged out San Francisco duo of Thomas Takemoto and Germain Bahri 8-5 in WCC Championship quarterfinal round to seal the doubles point … defeated Saint Mary’s James Markiewicz and Tuomas Manner 8-3 on April 18 … ousted BYU pairing of Jeremy Bourgeois and Jacob Sullivan 8-4 on April 5 … cruised to a dominating 8-0 win over Willamette University’s Gunnar Lee and Shrujan Kalidindi on March 28 … posted a 9-5 overall record with Ashot Khacharyan and 7-4 record in dual matches ... tandem played at the No. 2 doubles position … cruised 8-3 over San Francisco’s Germain Bahri and Christian Brockstedt on March 7 … downed Gonzaga’s Vladimir Mijatovic and Joey Brandt 8-5 on March 2 ... defeated No. 69 New Mexico 8-5 on March 2 ... triumphed 6-3 over Fresno State's pairing of Alexandros Georgios Vakouftsis and John Darmstaedter on February 16 ... clinched the doubles point over No. 64 Georgia State in a 9-7 tiebreaker on January 26 … semifinalist at the UC Davis Invitational while paired with Ashot Khacharyan; defeated teams from Cal and Fresno State to reach the semifinals ... advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Northwest Regional while teamed up with John Lamble.

JUNIOR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE (FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE): Team won state title in both freshman and sophomore years ... won the state title in singles and was the runner-up in doubles ... was nationally ranked both seasons.  

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Caulfield Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia ... coached by Anthony Zafiris ... reached No. 2 ranking in the state of Victoria private school system ... Club Champion U-21 Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club ... also played AFL, soccer, cricket and tennis.

PERSONAL: From Melbourne, Australia ... son of Russell and Margaret Bertram ... majoring in Mechanical Engineering (Nanostructures).

Why he chose Santa Clara?

"Santa Clara University struck me as the most well-rounded school I found; very strong academicallly and a tough tennis program. The community of Santa Clara inviting and it advocates success and achievement. The location in the Silicon Valley along with my choice of major means a swift transition into the workforce. Santa Clara's Nanostructures Center is only 3 years old with equipment some laboratories don't have. This cutting edge education and rigorous training regime will make for a worthwhile experience."