LMU men's and women's tennis held an exhibition match at the Mulholland Tennis Club.
Postmatch Interview with assistant coach Rylan Rizza.
Rylan Rizza is in his third season as an assistant coach for LMU men's tennis in 2015-16.
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.
The Lions went 13-11 in 2014-15, including 3-6 in the WCC, during Rizza's second year with the program. Taking advantage of the home court, the Lions finished 10-3 at the LMU Tennis Center. LMU had a trio of players honored by the WCC at the end of the campaign, with Errol Smith highlighting the group by earning WCC Freshman of the Year. The Freshman of the Year selection was the second for LMU, as Nico Terrien earned the honor in 2004. Charles Boyce was named second team All-WCC singles, while Smith took home honorable mention honors in singles. LMU's doubles pair of Boyce and Cristobal Rivera also earned an honorable mention selection.
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.