LMU men's and women's tennis held an exhibition match at the Mulholland Tennis Club.
Postmatch Interview with assistant coach Rylan Rizza.
WCC Opener from LMU Tennis Center
Rylan Rizza is in his second season as an assistant coach for LMU men's tennis in 2014-15.
In his inaugural year at LMU, Rizza saw the Lions go 14-10 overall, including 9-4 at home at the LMU Tennis Center. The 14 wins, which were the most since 2006 for LMU, more than tripled the win total from the year prior (4). The Lions went 4-5 in West Coast Conference action, placing tied for fifth. Rizza also saw the Lions win nine of 10 matches from 3/13 - 4/5, with the only loss coming to #5 UCLA.
As a professional, Rizza won 10 futures tournaments in doubles. He was ranked as high as 871 in singles and 217 in doubles.
Prior to playing professionally, Rizza played collegiate tennis at the University of Virginia. He was All-ACC for all four years of college, competed in the NCAA tournament for singles and doubles in 2005 and 2006, and helped his team to conference titles in 2004 and 2005. In college, he was ranked as high as 16 in singles and as high as six in doubles, earning All-American honors in doubles play.
Rizza grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., where tennis was in his blood. Rylan is the son of Kevyn Rizza and Dennis Rizza, who has been the director of the Jack Kramer Tennis Club for the past two decades. He attended Peninsula High School, where he was a four year letter winner. A prep star, Rizza was the winner of the boys 16 Easter Bowl in 2000 before being named 2000 USTA Doubles Champion on the clay courts.