Men's Tennis Falls to Visiting No. 12 Pepperdine, 6-1
LMU dropped a match to No. 12 Pepperdine on Wednesday afternoon.
Jan. 25, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU men's tennis team dropped a match to visiting No. 12 Pepperdine, 6-1, at LMU's LMU Tennis Center on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, Pepperdine earned 1.5 points in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup standings, and now leads LMU by a count of 7-4.5. Wednesday's match was also the first time that LMU hosted Pepperdine in men's tennis.
Despite dropping the doubles point by way of losses on each court, LMU battled nearly even with Pepperdine throughout the doubles competition. Daniel Simko and Nick Northcott played even to 6-6 against Mousheg Hovannisyan and David Sofaer, but dropped the final two games en route to falling 8-6. The Waves ran away with the first court as Finn Tearney and Sebastian Fanselow defeated Todd Volmari and Nicholas Bjerke, 8-4, to seal the doubles point. Though the doubles point was already assigned, a solid battle was brewing on the third and final court. The Lions led 7-6 on that court as Sebastian Bustamante and Felix Van Kann clashed with Daniel Moss and Kento Tanaka. Unfortunately for LMU, Pepperdine managed to rally its way to victory, winning the final three games to record a 9-7 victory and sweep the doubles.
Tearney, the 35th player in the nation according to the ITA, proved his worth on the first court against LMU's Alex Wilton, earning a 6-2, 6-1, victory. With the win, Pepperdine took a 2-0 lead in the match score.
Pepperdine pushed the tally to 3-0 with a victory on the second court. No. 21 Fanselow took down Bjerke in straight sets, 6-4, 6-5, to improve to 8-4 overall this year. The Waves ensured the victory over LMU with a win on court four, as No. 106 Sofaer defeated van Kann by scores of 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. The freshman from Frankfurt, Germany had a small sign-waving fan club in attendance for his match as he fell to 1-2 on the year.
The fourth and final ranked player for Pepperdine, No. 49 Hovannisyan, also earned a victory for the Waves, knocking-off Volmari in a tight three-set match on the third court. Volmari won the first set, 7-6, but dropped the next two, 6-2, 7-5, as Pepperdine added a fifth point.
LMU fell in another three-set match on the fifth court as Moss bested Bustamante, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. In what proved to be the closest match of all, Simko opened his match against Tanaka on court six with a 7-6 victory in the first set. Tanaka battled back with a 7-6 decision in the second set before the two traded blows to even at 5-5 in the third. Looking to avoid the sweep, Simko dug deep and won the next two games to take the final set, 7-5.
The Lions will return to action on February 3 when they travel to Las Vegas, Nev. for a match against New Mexico State. LMU will then play UNLV on February 4.