Jan. 18, 2012
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The LMU Men's Tennis team will face University of Nevada Wolf Pack on January 19, at 1:30 p.m. This home match will be the first match of the new year for the LMU Lions.
The Lions finished the fall season strong at UCSB Classic. Despite the rainy conditions, the teams did manage to squeeze in doubles competition on the first day of play. In the "A" flight, the doubles team of Nicholas Bjerke and Sebastian Bustamante defeated a team from UCSB by a score of 8-2. In their next match, they suffered a loss of 9-7 to West and Sousa of UCSD. On day 2 of doubles play, Bjerke and Bustamante defeated Goranson and Cox of Westmont, 8-2. Also playing for LMU in the "A" flight were Robin Kiyabu and Alex Wilton, who lost to Goranson and Cox of Westmont, 8-1. Kiyabu and Wilton followed by pulling out a tough match against Luu and Jigante of UCSD, winning 9-8. Playing the same duo for the second time during the tournament, Kiyabu and Wilton finished play with a loss to Luu and Jigante on day two of doubles play, 8-4.
In "A" flight singles, Daniel Simko
suffered a loss to Chapman Chan of UCSD, 6-2, 6-2. However, in his next match, he defeated Brian Cox of Westmont, 7-6, 6-0 (10-8). Wilton also participated in the "A" flight singles, falling in a pair of matches. Kiyabu was the lone LMU player in "B" flight singles, defeating John Bertram of Westmont, 6-0, 2-6, (10-5) and later falling to Ziad Sultan of UCSB 6-1, 5-7 (10-4).
After a three-year playing career for the LMU men's tennis team, and one year serving as a volunteer assistant for the women's tennis team, Ivan Lopez was named as a full-time assistant in the women's program at the start of this year.
Lopez posted an impressive collegiate career, amassing a 56-42 overall singles record. During his senior season, Lopez went 16-8 in both singles and doubles play with teammate Otto Sauer, including a 6-3 singles record in conference match ups, en route to first team All-Conference honors in both singles and doubles. Lopez played the number one singles position for the Lions most of his LMU career, posting impressive victories over some of the top players in the nation. Before transferring to LMU, Lopez played a year at Freed-Hardeman University in 2006-2007 where he was named NAIA All-American and All-Conference in singles and doubles. He was also ranked No. 5 in the nation in NAIA singles and No.17 in doubles.
University of Nevada finished last season with an overall record of 5-14, and a WAC record of 0-6. During the Fall campaign, the Wolf Pack won three individual titles at two different tournaments. Wessim Derbel, who will serve as the Pack's captian for the second consecutive season, claimed a title at the Bulldog Classic. Alongside that main draw victory, Victor Ouvrard won a consolation title at the same tournament.