Men's Tennis to Travel to H.E.B Championships
Lions heading to one of the top tournaments in the nation.
March 6, 2003
After having its match with UC Riverside postponed until March 14, the Loyola Marymount University men's tennis team downed the Relands 7-0 last Saturday at home. Sophomore Tigran Martirosyan, along with freshmen Michael Wojnarowicz and Carlos Malet-Faura all earned straight-set victories. The Lions are 4-6 on the season, 4-2 at home and 0-4 away from the LMU Tennis Complex.
The Lions will travel to Corpus Christi, Texas for the H.E.B Invitational this weekend. There are 11 teams competing in this year's field with Colorado and New Orleans joining LMU in Group B. The three teams will play a round robin, within thier group, with the first, second and third place teams pair with their equivilents from the other three groups to compete in another round robin.
Lions in the Polls
For the first time in program history, LMU had an individual listed in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings. Tigran Martirosyan was ranked 98th in the Jan. 18 poll. In the latest poll, LMU doubles team Leopold Graeubig and Michael Wojnarowicz reached a program best ranking of 35th. Martirosyan and Johannes Asuja were ranked 54th in doubles in the Jan. 18 poll. Last year, Martirosyan and Graeubig reached a ranking of 37th nationally. In the Western Regional Rankings, Martirosyan is ranked 15th individually, while Martirosyan and Asuja are ranked ninth in doubles. Graeubig and Wojnarowicz are ranked 14th.
LMU Head Coach
Nik DeVore is in the midst of his second season as the Lions' head coach, after posting the best-ever season record in the program's history with a 20-6 finish in 2002. He led the Lions to a third-place finish at the WCC Championships, and was selected as the 2002 WCC Tri-Coach of the Year. DeVore came to LMU from Morehead State University where he led both the men's and women's program for three seasons. In addition to his head coaching duties, he has spent the past five years coaching the US Junior National teams on summer European tennis tours. Prior to his appointment as head coach at Morehead, DeVore spent two seasons (1997-98) as an assistant coach for Boise State.