Men Fall in Heartbreaker
After a series of intense rallies, the Lions fall to USF 4-1 in the first round of the tournament.
April 23, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Lions came close to edging out conference rival San Francisco this afternoon in the first round of the WCC tournament in San Diego. The doubles point however, proved to be crippling to the Lion's competitive momentum as the Lions went on to fall 4-1 overall. The Lion's were once again led by senior Ivan Lopez's strong play and as a whole played a series of intense rallies against their conference rival. Tomorrow morning the Lions will face Gonzaga at 8:00am at the Barnes Tennis Center.
In doubles play, senior Borja Malet and sophomore Geza Bazula gave the Lions their first win of the day. The duo handily defeated Bucalem-Hartwig 8-3 of USF with good intensity and spirit from LMU's Malet and Bazula. When Renzo Maggi and Jack Zapala fell to on court three, the doubles contest came down to Ivan Lopez and Otto Sauer on court one. After an exciting series of heated rallies the Lopez/Sauer fell in the tiebreaker 9-8 giving USF the doubles point for the day.
In singles play, Ivan Lopez once again proved himself as one of the best players in the conference after he steamrolled Thai Tu of USF in two sets 6-1, 6-1 to secure a point for the Lions. Lopez was 14-7 in singles play on the regular season and now starts the tournament 1-0 for the weekend. On court two, doubles partner Otto Sauer was unable to come back after a tough first set loosing 6-2, 6-0. With further losses from Renzo Maggi at the number four position and finally Geza Bazula on court three the Don's were able to secure the overall win with four points. Senior Borja Malet played strong on court five splitting sets with and was in the third when the match was called as well as Aris Andreasian on court six.
After this close loss, the LMU racquet men will be looking to get a win tomorrow morning when they face Gonzaga at 8:00am at the Barnes Tennis Center.
Check out video highlights from the tournament as well as updated scores and standings at WCC Tournament Central
#4 San Francisco def. #5 Loyola Marymount, 4-1