Lions Return Home Still Seeking First Win
LMU Men's Tennis will return to the LMU Tennis Center for the first time since January 19, seeking a win against Hawaii.
March 4, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- After six weeks away from the LMU Tennis Center, the Lions finally return home Tuesday for a dual match against the University of Hawaii. At 0-8, LMU is still desperately seeking its first win of the 2013 season.
Last week, a handful of teams traveled to San Diego for the annual La Jolla Doubles Tournament. Many of the teams play a dual match while in town before the tournament begins. Because of too many injuries, the Lions were forced to withdraw from the tournament, but were able to get a match in with Toledo at a neutral site in San Diego.
Against Toledo, all three doubles matches were close, with Toledo pulling away in two of the three to take the doubles point. In singles, Todd Volmari won his match on Court 4 and Sebastian Bustamante won his match on Court 5. But the Lions fell in the remaining four singles matches, despite three of them going to a final third set.
Hawaii will enter the match with LMU at 2-5 on the season and 1-1 in the Big West. The Warriors got off to a slow start to their season, opening up with a 7-0 loss to Duke and a 6-1 loss to Baylor. Then in one weekend, Hawaii evened up their record with two back-to-back wins against UC Irvine and Sacramento St., both with a score of 5-2. The Warriors then took three weeks off without any matches, losing all momentum, before losing their next three matches to bring them to their current 2-5 record.
Hawaii has played all seven of its matches at home thus far. The match with LMU will mark their first road test of the season to kick off a four-match trip to California. For LMU, it is quite the opposite as the Lions have played their last seven matches on the road and are playing their first match at home since January 19.
The Lions and Warriors have two mutual opponents so far this season. Both teams have lost to Pacific at home 3-4 and each team has battled UC Irvine, with Hawaii getting a 5-2 victory and LMU getting a 4-3 loss.
LATER THIS WEEK
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.
At LMULions.com, Lions’ All-Access continues its profile series, Inside the Lions Spotlight, with freshman Cristobal Rivera. In the video interview, Cristobal talks about his first collegiate season, the importance of his parents, and his great career at Santa Monica High. You can view the video at: http://www.lmulions.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/012213aab.html
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.
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