Lions Have Strong Showing at SDSU Invitational
Four members of the LMU men's tennis team competed over the weekend.
Oct. 7, 2013
San Diego, Calif. -- The LMU men’s tennis team had a strong showing over the weekend at the San Diego St. Fall Invitational with four Lions earning multiple wins in singles and doubles competition.
After ending the spring season at 4-20, the Lions have looked strong so far this fall under first year head coach Tom Lloyd. Lloyd’s four players at the Aztec Invitational this weekend totaled a cumulative 9-5 singles record and 3-2 doubles record.
In singles play, sophomore newcomer David Doehring competed in the top flight for the Lions. After dropping a tough opening round match, Doehring found his rhythm and advanced all the way to the final of the Flight 1 consolation bracket. He defeated Horea Porutiu of UC San Diego 6-1, 6-2 in his second match and then took down Justin Agbayani of UC Irvine 6-4, 6-4 before falling in the final.
In Flight 2 for singles, LMU was represented by junior Felix Van Kann and sophomore Cristobal Rivera. Van Kann won his opening round match 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 over Caryl Hernandez of UC Irvine before dropping his second round match. Rivera also won his first match in three sets when he defeated Jonas Meinzer of San Diego St. The success did not stop there for the sophomore from Santa Monica as Rivera then went on to win two more matches, advancing him to the Flight 2 finals. He got there with a 6-2, 6-3 second round victory over Benjamin Collomb of Grand Canyon University and a 6-1, 7-6 win in the third round over Milen Ianakiev of SDSU before falling in the final.
Rounding out the group for LMU was senior Daniel Simko, who competed in the Flight 3 singles bracket. Simko brought some wins home for the Lions as he reached his flight’s finals as well. Simko started off on the right foot with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Devon Sousa of UC San Diego. He then got another 6-4, 6-2 win in the second round over USD’s Patrick Hall. In the third round, Simko kept things rolling with a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6 win over UCLA’s Michael Guzman before finally suffering a setback in the Flight 3 Final.
In doubles play, both pairs reached the quarterfinals for LMU. Playing together and earning a first round bye were Van Kann and Simko. The duo then won their second round match 8-4 over a team from Grand Canyon Univeristy before dropping their quarterfinal match. River and Doehring won their opening match 8-5 over a pair from Pacific. They also won their second round match in a close 8-6 contest over a team from UC Irvine before also falling in the quarterfinals.
-- GO LIONS --