Lions Battle at the SoCal Tennis Championships
Men's tennis concluded its fall schedule with the Intercollegiate Tournament hosted by UCLA.
Nov. 14, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- Wrapping up their fall season, the LMU men's tennis team sent four players to the 56th Southern California Intercollegiate Championships hosted by UCLA at the Los Angeles Tennis Center last weekend.
The team of Othar Kordsachia and Daniel Simko received a bye in the round of 32 for the doubles qualifying draw before beating UCSD's Ganesh Alagappan and Rajeez Herekar 9-7. Nick Northcott and Felix Van Kann were paired together and also received a bye in the round of 32 before taking down BYU's Scott Bohne and Nikki Rae 8-3 in the round of 16.
These wins put the LMU duos in the main draw for doubles play. However, unlucky first round match-ups ended the LMU runs. Northcott and van Kann were paired up against the tournament's top-seeded team, UCLA's Dennis Novikov and Karue Sell, who swept the Lions 8-0. Kordsachia and Simko were squared off against the draw's #3 seeded team of Clarke Spinosa and Thibaut Visy, who they lost to 8-3. This pair from USD went on to win the doubles tournament.
In the singles qualifying draw, Kordsachia fell to UCSD's Max Jiganti 6-3, 6-3 in the opening round. Simko received a bye in the qualifying round of 32 but then lost to USD's Ciaran Fitzgerald 6-1, 6-4. Northcott also lost his first match in a tight contest with USD's Andrew Raphaelson 4-6, 6-1, 14-12.
The early LMU losses sent the Lions to the qualifying singles back draw, where the Lions struggled. Simko lost to UCSD's Horea Poritiu 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Northcott lost to BYU's Travis Filmore 6-3, 6-1. Then Kordsachia went on a run, defeating BYU's Bohne 6-2, 6-3 before taking down UCSD's Alagappan 6-3, 6-3. Kordsachia finally lost a long battle with BYU's Filmore 6-2, 3-6, 13-11.
The team has not had much of break since the offseason tournaments began in September. After a long fall, the Lions will now be off until their spring season begins at the LMU Tennis Center against Pacific on January 19.
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