Men's Tennis Looks to Continue Streak Against Visiting Hawai'i
Winners of five of their last six matches, the Lions will attempt to continue their hot streak against the Warriors.
March 13, 2012
LMU, winners of five of six matches and three straight at home, will host the visiting Hawai'i Warriors at home Wednesday, Mar. 14 in their only contest this week.
Men's tennis began its non-conference doubleheader on Sunday, March 11 with a 7-0 win over Boston Univiersty (0-9). Although the second match of a doubleheader can often be trouble, LMU stepped up its performance with a 6-1 victory over Montana State (3-7). The Lions showed little fatigue as they faced their second opponent of the day, winning both matches handily.
LMU (6-5) won the doubles competition in a sweep against Montana State. The round saw a win by WCC Player of the Month of February Nicholas Bjerke and Sebastian Bustamante over Alberto Fuentes and Lander Jewett 8-2 in No. 1 doubles. On court two, Todd Volmari and Daniel Simko gained a win over Niklas Brandes and Markus Schleuter 8-2. Felix Van Kann and Robin Kiyabu wrapped up the doubles shutout with a tightly contested 8-7 victory over Javier Marillas and Prithiv Sivasubraman.
Sebastian Bustamante started the singles round with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Alberto Fuentes in No. 2 singles for his second singles win on the day. Freshman Todd Volmari defeated Markus Schleuter 6-2, 6-2 on court three. Fellow freshman Felix Van Kann followed up with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Diego Contreras wrapping up the match for LMU. Alex Wilton got his second No. 1 singles win of the day defeating Niklas Brandes 6-2, 6-2. Javier Marillas won the Bobcats only point for the day beating Tom Price, 6-2, 6-3. In the final singles competition, Nick Northcott defeated Lander Jewett 7-6, 6-0, giving the Lions straight set victories in all singles wins.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
The West Coast Conference has named LMU junior Nicholas Bjerke as player of the month for February. The junior went 5-0 during the month playing No. 2 singles and helped lead the Lions to a three-match winning streak during the month.
Bjerke defeated opponents from No. 54 UNLV, New Mexico State, UC Davis, Pacific and UC Riverside. In his win over No. 54 UNLV, Bjerke defeated Tamas Batyl by a score of 6-1, 6-3. He won four of his five matches in straight sets, coming from behind in his other victory over the University of Pacific's Tomasz Krzyszkowski 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.
The University of Hawai`i men's tennis team could not gain any traction against No. 4 UCLA, falling 7-0 on Saturday March 10 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins improved to 12-2 while the Rainbow Warriors slipped to 1-6.
The Bruins fielded the nationally ranked pair of Nick Meister and Adrien Puget (No. 52) and defeated the `Bows top duo of Jonathan Brooklyn and Dmytro Kovalyov, 8-3, in the last doubles match of the day. In two doubles, the UH pair of Carter Lam and Charlie Rice were downed by Alex Brigham and Marcos Giron, 8-4, to secure the doubles point for UCLA.
In singles action, UCLA had three nationally ranked players--No. 33 Meister, No. 81 Clay Thompson, and No. 109 Puget--played in the first three positions. Maxime Tabatruong started off singles play and defeated Nils Schumann in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. Brooklyn was moved to the No. 2 position for the first time as he gave a fight but fell short to Meister, 6-3, 6-2. Chas Okamoto was put into the first singles position for the first time this season but lost to Clay Thompson, 6-2, 6-1, which secured the victory for the Bruins.
HEAD COACH Brad Sceney
Brad Sceney is in his fifth year as head coach of the Loyola Marymount men's tennis team. Sceney has led the Lions to back-to-back fifth place finishes at the WCC Tournament in 2010 and 2011. Overall in the four years that Sceney has been at LMU, the Lions have finished 5th in 2011 and 2010, 6th in 2009 and 5th in 2008.