Lions Continue Long Road Stretch This Week in San Diego
Men's Tennis seeks its first victory of the season with a neutral site dual match versus Toledo.
Feb. 26, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- LMU continues a stretch of six weeks away from the LMU Tennis Center face Toledo in a neutral site match in San Diego Thursday.
The doubles round began with two victories by the Lions. Junior Sebastian Bustamante and freshman Cristobal Rivera closed out their match with UC Irvine’s Hammel and Shibahara, 8-1. The point was decided with sophomore Othar Kordsachia and senior Nick Northcott defeating Pham and Poon 8-4.
The Anteaters tied the match in singles at court one as Cheung defeated Kordsachia 6-3, 6-1. Poon defeated Simko 6-3, 6-4 to put UC Irvine up a point. Rivera got a victory over Hammel 6-4, 6-3 to tie the match at two points apiece. Pham put the Anteaters on the cusp of victory with a win over Volmari 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. Nineteenth-ranked Jung wrapped up the match with a 6-1, 6-7, 6-0 win over Northcott. In the final contest, Bustamante defeated Agbayani 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-3.
“Our guys are realizing just how good they really are,” UT head coach Al Wermer said. “Week-in-and-week-out they’re showing their toughness and spirit. These wins make us even more motivated to come to practice next week and work even harder.”
At LMU’s “Kids Days” matches, families are invited to attend a free collegiate men’s tennis match at the LMU Tennis Center. Free pizza and drinks will be provided and at the conclusion of the match, the LMU men’s tennis team will conduct a free kids clinic for those in attendance. This season’s “Kids Day” matches include Saturday, Match 24 versus Sacramento State; Saturday, April 13 versus Saint Mary’s; and Saturday, April 20 versus BYU. This Saturday’s match will begin at 12:00 p.m. while the other three matches will start at 1:30 p.m.
For more information about LMU “Kids Days” contact head coach Brad Sceney at email@example.com.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
THIS YEAR’S SQUAD
Junior Daniel Simko finished 12-13 in singles play at the number five and six spots in 2012 and posted an 11-16 record in doubles matches in 2012. Sophomores Todd Volmari, Felix Van Kann and Robin Kiyabu gained valuable experience and wins during their first campaigns.
Joining the team this year are sophomore transfer Othar Kordsachia from Denver University and freshman Cristobal Rivera. Kordsachia went 16-17 in singles matches at the number four, five, and six spots and went 16-18 in doubles matches in 2012 at Denver. Rivera had a distinguished high school career at Santa Monica High School where he was a four-year varsity letter winner and captained his team to three consecutive league titles and two-time CIF finals while also being a CIF individual runner-up and going undefeated during his senior year.
HEAD COACH Brad Sceney
Sceney has led the Lions to three straight fifth-place finishes in the WCC. Overall in the five years that Sceney has been at LMU, the Lions have finished 5th in 2012, 2011 and 2010, 6th in 2009 and 5th in 2008. The Lions were 10-14 overall and 3-4 in conference last season. An All-American while at Pepperdine, Sceney helped the Waves to a top-10 ranking each of his four seasons in Malibu. His mark of 85 career singles victories is still the Pepperdine record today. In 1996, Sceney won the All-American Doubles Championship.
ASSISTANT COACH Aaron Paajanen
From 2002-2004, Aaron played tennis at Point Loma University where he was team captain and held a career winning percentage of .780. After finishing his collegiate career, Paajanen briefly played the ITF/USTA pro circuit before going into full time coaching.
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