Lions' Struggles Continue in Loss to Hawaii
LMU men's tennis drops to 0-9 after a 5-2 home loss to Hawaii.
March 5, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- After six weeks of road matches, the LMU men's tennis team returned home this week, seeking that elusive first victory. But once again, the Lions came up short, falling to 0-9 after a 5-2 loss to the visiting Warriors on Tuesday afternoon.
In doubles play, the Lions fell one by one, losing 8-4 on Court 3, then losing 8-4 on Court 2, before dropping a close 8-7 decision on Court 1, giving Hawaii the sweep for the doubles point. With the team's former top singles player, Nicholas Bjerke, still sidelined with an injury, the Lions have been trying out different lineups in doubles and singles. But nothing seems to be working as the Lions lost on all three courts to start off the match.
In singles play, LMU was a bit more competitive, winning on two of the six courts. For a while, the Lions' chances looked promising as sophomore Todd Volmari got a quick 6-3, 6-1 win over his opponent on Court 2. After a Hawaii win on Court 5, freshman Cristobal Rivera tied things up with a 7-5, 6-2 win on Court 3. LMU lost another on Court 6 shortly after that, leaving Hawaii one win away from the team victory. In both of the matches on the two remaining courts, Hawaii took the first set before LMU would come back to win the second set, forcing a deciding third set.
On Court 1, Hawaii's Jonathon Brooklyn clinched the team win for the Warriors when he defeated LMU's Othar Kordsachia 6-0, 6-7, 6-0. Kordsachia battled as much as possible to win the second set, but Brooklyn was too dominant in the opening and closing sets. After that, LMU's Sebastian Bustamante came up just short in a third set tiebreaker to lose 6-4, 4-6, 7-6. This gave Hawaii the 5-2 team victory.
The Lions will have two more opportunities this week to get their first win. They play Stetson on Friday and at UC Riverside on Saturday.
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