Make it Five in a Row for LMU Men's Tennis

Cristobal Rivera won his fifth straight singles match Saturday.

March 22, 2014


Los Angeles, Calif. - The LMU men's tennis team extended their win streak to five matches when they defeated the University of San Francisco 5-2 Saturday afternoon at the LMU Tennis Center. The win is the first conference victory for first year head coach Tom Lloyd who now has his team at 9-5 overall and 1-2 in WCC play.

The month of March has been a busy one for the LMU men's tennis team. With twelve matches on the schedule for the month, the team started off slow dropping three straight matches to ranked opponents. But since the squad returned home last week, the Lions have been unstoppable. LMU has played five matches of a six-match home stand and they have won all five. The latest win came Saturday when they defeated USF 5-2 for their first conference victory.

In doubles play, the Lions started off strong, doing what they needed to do to clinch the point. USF earned an 8-2 win on Court 2, but the Lions would prevail on Courts 1 and 3. On Court 3, David Doehring and Cristobal Rivera defeated their opponents 8-5, setting up Todd Volmari and Sebastian Bustamante to clinch the point for LMU with an 8-6 win on the top court. The top pairing for LMU is now 10-2 in doubles this season playing on Court 1.

With a 1-0 lead headed into singles play, the Lions kept up the momentum early in the round. First to finish was Rivera on Court 4, who handled his opponent 6-1, 6-2. Individually, Rivera is now on a five-match singles winning streak, with a 6-0 singles record on Court 4. The other Lion who has been dangerous in recent weeks is Volmari, who was second to finish. On Court 2, the junior from Canberra, Australia won 6-4, 6-4 to improve his individual singles record to 9-2. The Dons would take the matches on Courts 1 and 6 to give USF a couple points. LMU would clinch the team win on Court 3, where Bustamante won 6-2, 6-2. This marks the second match in a row that Bustamante has clinched the team win and with it, he improves his singles record to a solid 8-2. The final court to finish was Court 5, where the Lions added a fifth point when Othar Kordsachia battled back to win his match. Kordsachia has been out with an injury much of the month and returned to the lineup Saturday to win 1-6, 7-6, 13-11 for LMU.



The Lions conclude their six-match home stand on Monday when they host Santa Clara at 12:00p.m.

Singles competition
1. Bernardo Saraiva (USF) def. David Doehring (LMU) 6-4, 6-1
2. Todd Volmari (LMU) def. James Tallman (USF) 6-4, 6-4
3. Sebastian Bustamante (LMU) def. Thomas Takemoto (USF) 6-2, 6-2
4. Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. Nils Skajaa (USF) 6-1, 6-2
5. Othar Kordsachia (LMU) def. Christian Brockstedt (USF) 1-6, 7-6, 13-11
6. Germain Bahri (USF) def. Luke Bohuslav (LMU) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Sebastian Bustamante/Todd Volmari (LMU) def. Bernardo Saraiva/Nils Skajaa (USF) 8-6
2. James Tallman/Germain Bahri (USF) def. Luke Bohuslav/Daniel Simko (LMU) 8-2
3. Cristobal Rivera/David Doehring (LMU) def. Thomas Takemoto/Christian Brockstedt (USF) 8-5


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