Opening the season at #6 UCLA (4-0) on Tuesday afternoon, LMU men's tennis (0-1) dropped the match, 5-2, from the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
LMU's lone points came in singles play, as Errol Smith and Diego Nava posted victories for the Lions. Smith, playing at the #4 spot in the order, defeated Austin Rapp, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (8). After claiming a 6-3 opening set win, Nava was forced into a third set by his opponent, Connor Hance, following a 6-3 setback in the second. In that final frame, Nava emerged with the hard-fought win by way of a 7-6 (6) tiebreaker.
Gabriel Diaz Freire squared off with the #1 player in the ITA rankings, falling to Martin Redlicki, 7-5, 6-1 at the top spot in the order.
"Losing a match is never fun," fifth year head coach Tom Lloyd said. "There was a lot of good today on the courts for us. Errol and Diego were able to take care of business and put some points on the board for us. The difference between us and a team like we played today, is just execution. From top to bottom, we were in every match. This was just the first match of the year, and we will use today as fuel for the season."
LMU will stay on the road this weekend, traveling to San Diego State for an 11 a.m. match against the Aztecs on Saturday.
#6 UCLA 5, Loyola Marymount 2
Jan 23, 2018 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
1. #1 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Gabriel Diaz Freire (LMU) 7-5, 6-1
2. Evan Zhu (UCLA) def. Lukas Moenter (LMU) 6-3, 6-2
3. #55 Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Lucas Moreno (LMU) 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-3
4. Errol Smith (LMU) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA) 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (10-8)
5. Ben Goldberg (UCLA) def. Nick Borchenko (LMU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Diego Nava (LMU) def. Connor Hance (UCLA) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6)
1. Martin Redlicki/Evan Zhu (UCLA) def. Charles Boyce/Lukas Moenter (LMU) 6-3
2. Austin Rapp/Keegan Smith (UCLA) def. Nick Borchenko/Gabriel Diaz Freire (LMU) 6-2
3. Maxime Cressy/Bryce Pereira (UCLA) vs. Diego Nava/Ethan Prost (LMU) 5-3, unfinished
Loyola Marymount 0-1
UCLA 4-0; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,1,5,4,3,6)
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