Lions Picked Seventh in WCC Pre-Season Poll
Men's tennis looks to confound West Coast Conference coaches' expectations.
Jan. 31, 2013
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The Loyola Marymount men's tennis team are predicted to finish seventh in the West Coast Conference according to a poll of the conference's coaches released Wednesday.
The Lions finished the 2012 season with an overall record of 10-14, 3-4 in the WCC which placed the team fifth in the conference. LMU fell in the first round of the WCC Championships to San Francisco in a closely contested 4-3 defeat.
LMU returns eight players from last year's team to join two newcomers: sophomore transfer Othar Kordsachia from Denver University and freshman Cristobal Rivera from Santa Monica, Calif. The Lions return senior All-WCC honorable mention singles player Nicholas Bjerke and his playing partner junior Sebastian Bustamante. The pair were named to the All-WCC second-team for doubles.
The Lions are 0-3 in the early season with tough defeats to Pacific at home and away to Iowa and Illinois State, the latter in a neutral site match hosted by Iowa. Second-ranked USC hosts LMU this Sunday, Feb. 3 at 10:00 a.m.
The Pepperdine men's tennis team was chosen to finish first in the 2013 West Coast Conference preseason poll, as voted on by the head coaches within the WCC. Pepperdine also had two players named to the preseason all-conference team alongside BYU, San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Clara.
Reigning 2012 WCC Champion Pepperdine received the maximum 64 total points after earning first place votes from all the men's head coaches around the conference. 2011 WCC Champion San Diego was chosen to finish second this season with 57 points and the remaining first place vote. Santa Clara, led by Preseason All-Conference selection junior John Lamble, was chosen to finish third in the WCC with 47 points.
Second-year WCC member BYU was picked to finish fourth in the conference poll with 45 points. While San Francisco landed in fifth place with 30 points, and Saint Mary's narrowly behind in sixth with 29 points. Of the top six teams in the preseason poll, four are currently ranked in the top-50 in the ITA rankings.
Loyola Marymount was picked seventh in this season's preseason list with 23 points, while Portland (19 points) and Gonzaga (10 points) rounded out the coaches' poll.
The men's preseason all-conference team includes familiar names from last season's all-conference list in Pepperdine seniors Sebastian Fanselow (2012 WCC Player of the Year) and Finn Tearney (First Team), BYU junior Patrick Kawka (Honorable Mention), Santa Clara junior John Lamble (Second Team), San Diego junior Clarke Spinosa (Second Team), and San Francisco senior Thai Tu (Second Team). This past fall, Fanselow was the runner-up at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship, where he was also recognized as the USTA/ITA Sportsmanship award winner. Fanselow earned WCC Player of the Month honors in November 2012 and concluded his fall campaign with a 6-2 record. Spinosa earned WCC Doubles Honors in November 2012 after taking home the doubles title with partner Thibaut Visy at the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships. Lamble finished the fall with a 5-5 singles mark and was ranked No. 65 in the January ITA ranking.
This spring will mark the second season all nine WCC teams will compete in a single round robin conference schedule.
- GO LIONS -
2013 WCC Men's Tennis Preseason Poll
1. Pepperdine - 64 (8)
2. San Diego - 57 (1)
3. Santa Clara - 47
4. BYU - 45
5. San Francisco - 30
6. Saint Mary's - 29
7. Loyola Marymount - 23
8. Portland - 19
9. Gonzaga - 10
(First place votes)
2013 Preseason All-Conference Team
Sebastian Fanselow, PEP
Patrick Kawka, BYU
John Lamble, SCU
Clarke Spinosa, USD
Finn Tearney, PEP
Thai Tu, USF
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