Lions Head to the Northwest for Two Conference Matches
LMU men's tennis will play at the University of Portland and at Gonzaga University this weekend.
April 2, 2013
On a positive note, it appears that senior Nicholas Bjerke is finally fully recovered from a hip injury he has been battling for most of the season. Bjerke returned to the lineup at the end of March and is starting to find his rhythm again.
In addition, sophomore Felix Van Kann and junior Sebastain Bustamante have been finding their groove in singles play lately. van Kann has won six of his previous eight singles matches, while Bustamante has won five of his past seven matches.
NEW DOUBLES DUOS
Another duo that has seen recent success is the pair of German sophomores in Othar Kordsachia and Felix Van Kann. They have never lost a match while playing together, going 4-0 in the month of March with two matches going unfinished once deemed inconsequential to the doubles point. They have since moved up to play mostly on Court 1 together. The pair defeated the then No. 47 doubles team in the nation of Finn Tearney and Francis Alcantara from then No. 11 Pepperdine. And against then No. 72 Oklahoma St., they were ahead in the match against the No. 43 doubles team in the nation of Denys Pume and Richard del Nunzio before it went unfinished.
Rounding out the group is junior Daniel Simko and senior Jack Zapala. The two haven’t played much singles lately, but have been dominating in doubles, winning all of their previous three matches. These victories include a win at then No. 11 Pepperdine, as well as last week’s confer- ence matches.
In conference play, the team is 1-2. Portland got a close 4-3 win over Gonzaga, but was swept by San Diego and lost a close 4-3 match with Saint Mary’s.
In conference play, the team is 0-3. They have lost to Portland, San Diego, and Saint Mary’s. The Bulldogs have also faced LMU earlier this season in a non-conference match. The result was a 5-2 win for LMU in Los Angeles.
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. Sopho- mores 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.