Lions Can't Overcome No. 19 Pepperdine

Cristobal Rivera celebrates a win in doubles.

Feb. 18, 2014

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Los Angeles, Calif. - The LMU men's tennis team hosted the No. 19 Pepperdine Waves for the first West Coast Conference match of the year Tuesday. After a thrilling doubles round, the Waves pulled away in singles for a 4-0 win, improving to 5-4 while the Lions dropped to 3-2.

Coming off three consecutive losses at the ITA Indoor Nationals, Pepperdine was eager to get back on the winning side of things. The Lions came into the match 1-0 at home and 3-1 overall and were hoping to use some momentum to upset the Waves. The Lions kept the match extremely close throughout the doubles round and played well in singles, but it was the Waves who came away with the victory, improving to 1-0 in WCC play.

The doubles round was one of the most exciting hours of tennis a spectator will ever see at the LMU Tennis Center. All three doubles matches were decided by 8-7 scores, needing tiebreakers on all courts to find a winner. The doubles point alone went for about 90 minutes, with points being traded back and forth for the entirety. LMU was able to win the first match to finish on Court 2, where Felix Van Kann and Cristobal Rivera built a lead early and hung on to win the match. The LMU duo improves to 4-0 when paired together on Court 2. Next on Court 3, the Lions were on the verge of clinching the doubles point, but a fierce Pepperdine comeback gave the Waves an 8-7 victory. This would send all the energy and excitement to the top court, where the doubles round would be settled. With waves of people around campus filing in to see the final games, Pepperdine and LMU went point for point. In the end, it would be the top doubles team for the Waves who would edge out the win, giving Pepperdine a 1-0 team lead heading into singles.

In singles play, the scoreboard read in favor of Pepperdine, but the match was much closer than assumed at first glance. Pepperdine only needed three singles wins to clinch the team victory so when those were decided, the match was ended with three courts going unfinished. LMU won one set in all three of the unfinished matches. On the top court, LMU's David Doehring gave the No. 36 singles player in the country a run for his money when he took him down in the first set 6-4. On Court 4, Todd Volmari won the second set for the Lions before play was stopped in the third set. And on Court 5, Othar Kordsachia was ahead a set after winning 7-5 to start the match.

The Lions' next match will be at home this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. when they face Northern Arizona.

Singles competition
1. David Doehring (LMU) vs. #36 Alex Sarkissian (PEP) 6-4, 0-6, unfinished
2. #116 David Sofaer (PEP) def. Felix Van Kann (LMU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Francis Alcantara (PEP) def. Cristobal Rivera (LMU) 6-3, 7-5
4. Todd Volmari (LMU) vs. Pedro Leme (PEP) 4-6, 6-2, unfinished
5. Othar Kordsachia (LMU) vs. RJ Evangelista (PEP) 7-5, unfinished
6. Tom Hill (PEP) def. Daniel Simko (LMU) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Alex Sarkissian/Francis Alcantara (PEP) def. Todd Volmari/Sebastian Bustamante (LMU) 8-7
2. Felix Van Kann/Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. David Sofaer/Tom Hill (PEP) 8-7
3. Alex Giannini/Pedro Leme (PEP) def. Daniel Simko/David Doehring (LMU) 8-7




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