Lions Face Two Ranked Opponents in No. 4 UCLA and No. 34 Santa Clara
Men's tennis travels to No. 4 UCLA Tuesday, then hosts WCC opponents USF and No. 34 Santa Clara.
March 27, 2012
The LMU men's tennis team will face three teams this week with the first match against No. 4 UCLA on March 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Lions will also face two WCC teams at the LMU Tennis Center this week competing against San Francisco on March 30 at 1:30 p.m. and Santa Clara, ranked No. 34, on March 31 at 1:30 p.m.
Men's tennis fell to their second Ivy League opponent this week as Princeton defeated the Lions, 5-2. LMU (7-7) gained two points winning two singles matches, but lost the doubles point and the other four singles contests to Princeton (8-8).
Nicholas Bjerke and Sebastian Bustamante were the first duo to finish a doubles match with a win, beating 34th-ranked Matt Siow and Matt Spindler, 8-1 in No. 1 doubles. The victory was Bjerke and Bustamante's third consecutive win, and second straight win over ranked opponents after defeating a ranked pair from Dartmouth College Tuesday. The Tigers bounced back as Michael Lin and Yohel Shoji defeated Alex Wilton and Felix Van Kann on court three, 8-5. The point came down to No. 2 doubles where Todd Volmari and Daniel Simko fell in a tight match, 9-8 (7-2 in the tiebreaker).
No. 44 Matija Pecotic started off the singles round with a, 6-3, 6-2 win over the Lions' No. 1 Nicholas Bjerke. Tom Price then fell to Ravi Yegya-Raman, 6-2, 6-0 on court six. The Tigers clinched the match when Dan Richardson defeated LMU's Daniel Simko, 6-3, 6-1. After the competition was decided, Alex Wilton got the first point of the match for the Lions defeating Matt Spindler, 6-4, 6-2. Sebastian Bustamante was victorious over Dan Davies, 6-1, 7-5 in No. 3 singles. The final contest saw Felix Van Kann fall to Augie Bloom, 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5).
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 February. 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.
UCLA has taken an extended break from competition for finals and spring break. The Bruins last match was against Baylor University on March 14. After suffering a heart-breaking 4-3 loss to Baylor at last year's NCAA Championships, the fourth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team exacted some revenge on Wednesday, cruising to a 6-1 victory over the Bears in a non-conference showdown at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. For the second time in as many matches UCLA was able to sweep doubles play, as the Bruins notched convincing wins at all three positions to claim the doubles point. Wednesday's 6-1 score was uncharacteristic for the UCLA-Baylor rivalry, as the last eight matches between the two teams have all ended in 4-3 scores. The two teams have met every year since 2004.
In the Campbell's/ITA College Tennis ranking March 13 poll the Bruins had four singles ranked: No. 31 Nick Meister, No. 53 Clay Thompson, No. 54 Adrien Puget, and No. 105 Marcos Giron. In doubles Adrien Puget and Nick Meister were ranked at No. 43. The Bruins have an overall record of 13-2.
ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO
The University of San Francisco men's tennis team recorded a 5-2 victory Tuesday March 20 over West Coast Conference foe, Saint Mary's in Moraga. The Dons rallied in singles play to take the win, which was highlighted by wins at the top four singles positions. The team now has an overall record of 3-9.
ABOUT SANTA CLARA
The No. 34 Santa Clara men's tennis program began the West Coast Conference portion of its season with an impressive 4-3 victory over No. 40 BYU on Friday March 23. The WCC match was highlighted by clutch doubles performances from all three Bronco tandems. The No. 34 Broncos has an overall record of 14-3.
WCC PRESEASON POLL
The Pepperdine's men's tennis team was chosen to finish first in the 2012 West Coast Conference preseason poll. Pepperdine received the maximum 64 total points after earning first place votes from all the men's head coaches around the conference. San Diego, the reigning 2011 WCC Champion, was chosen to finish second.
The men's preseason all-conference team included familiar names from last season's all conference list. The new additions to the team are Pepperdine junior Mousheg Hovhannisyan and BYU Senior Greogy Batrakov.
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.