Lions Win Home Opener 6-1
The LMU men's tennis team won their first home match of the year Saturday when they defeated Grand Canyon University 6-1 at the LMU Tennis Center.
Feb. 15, 2014
Los Angeles, Calif. - The LMU men's tennis team won their first home match of the year Saturday when they defeated Grand Canyon University 6-1 at the LMU Tennis Center. With the win, the Lions improve to 3-1 on the season while the Antelopes drop to 2-2.
After starting the 2013 season at 0-10, the 2014 squad has things turned around under first year head coach Tom Lloyd. The Lions' hot start has been filled with consistent play from top to bottom in both singles and doubles play.
Doubles play opened with Grand Canyon getting a 6-2 win on Court 3. But the Lions would finish the round strong, winning on Courts 1 and 2 to take the doubles point. On Court 2, LMU's Felix Van Kann and Cristobal Rivera defeated their opponents 6-3. Rivera and Van Kann are undefeated as partners in 2014, improving to 3-0 in doubles this season. On Court 1, Todd Volmari and Sebastian Bustamante also won 6-3 to clinch the point for the Lions and give the team a 1-0 lead heading into singles. Volmari and Bustamante also remain undefeated as a pair with their win Saturday. The two are 3-0 with one match going unfinished, playing all four matches on the top court.
In singles play, the first to finish was Court 3, where Rivera won 6-4, 6-2 for the Lions. Rivera has played all four matches on Court 3 for the Lions this season and with his win Saturday, the sophomore from Santa Monica improves his singles record to 3-1. Next to finish was Van Kann on Court 2, who won 6-3, 6-5 for the Lions. Similar to Rivera, Van Kann has played all four of his matches on Court 2, and improves his singles record to 3-1 with his win over the Antelopes on Saturday. The Lions then clinched the team win when Volmari secured the fourth team point. He did so on Court 4, where he defeated his opponent 6-4, 6-4 after coming from behind in the second set. With his win, Volmari stays undefeated on Court 4 for singles, improving to 3-0 individually.
With the Lions up 4-0 at this point in the match, the team win was secure for LMU. The remaining courts were able to finish up play, with Grand Canyon getting a win on Court 5. LMU's David Doehring pulled out a close 6-4, 6-5 win on Court 1 to give the Lions their fifth team point. And on Court 6, LMU's Daniel Simko came roaring back from a set down to beat his opponent in a tight three-set match 1-6, 6-1, 6-5 to finish the match and give LMU a 6-1 team win.
Because of a scheduling adjustment, the Lions' next match will be Tuesday, February 18 at home against Pepperdine. The rivalry match will count as LMU's first conference match of the season, but the team will return to nonconference play after that, with the WCC slate continuing in late March.