LMU Can't Finish Upset of No. 11 Pepperdine
A 4-3 loss in Malibu drops the Lions to 2-12 and 0-1 in WCC play.
March 20, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. -- In their first conference match of the 2013 season, LMU dropped a close 4-3 decision at No. 11 Pepperdine Wednesday. The loss puts the Lions at 2-12 (0-1) and improves the Waves to 12-3 (1-0) on the year.
On paper, it appeared today’s match would be a walk in the park for Pepperdine, but LMU had other things in mind. The Waves moved up to No. 11 in the ITA polls Tuesday and now have three nationally ranked singles players in the lineup. But coming off a 6-1 loss to No. 72 Oklahoma St. the day before, the Lions knew what it would take to beat the top-level competition.
In the doubles round, Othar Kordsachia and Felix Van Kann continued to show their improvement. Tuesday against Oklahoma St., the LMU duo was keeping their match close with the No. 43 Cowboys doubles team, before the match went unfinished. Wednesday, the Lion pair defeated the No. 47 doubles team from Pepperdine 8-3 on Court 1. On Court 3, Jack Zapala and Daniel Simko won their doubles match for LMU 8-3 also, clinching the point for the Lions.
With a 1-0 lead heading into singles, the Lions’ hopes were high, but the Waves were too strong at the top. LMU lost in straight sets on Courts 1-4, giving Pepperdine enough points to secure the win. On Court 6, Simko got a quick win over his opponent, 6-2, 6-1. And on Court 5, van Kann got a win over his opponent, 7-5, 4-1 (retired).
The Lions will return home for their next match against Sacramento St. on Sunday, March 24 at 12:00 p.m.
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