Men's Tennis

Lions Host Non-Conference Foe UC Irvine

Junior Nicholas Bjerke is the reigning WCC player of the month.

Junior Nicholas Bjerke is the reigning WCC player of the month.

April 4, 2012

BRIEFLY

LMU will face UC Irvine on April 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the LMU Tennis Center.

LION TRACKS

LMU Men's Tennis competed well with the 31st-ranked Santa Clara, but were unable to get results from its effort as the Broncos defeated the Lions, 6-1. LMU (8-9, 1-2 WCC) won one singles match and one of the three doubles matches, but fell to No. 31 Santa Clara (15-3, 2-0 WCC).

"I don't think we played great (against) good opposition in Santa Clara today," head coach Brad Sceney commented post-match. "There are a lot of things we can work on, and do better."

The doubles round started with a victory by Ilya Osintev and John Lamble in #1 doubles over Nicholas Bjerke and Sebastian Bustamante, 8-3. The Broncos clinched the point at court three as Eugene Muchynski and Nicolas Vinel were victorious against the Lions' Todd Volmari and Daniel Simko, 8-5. LMU picked up a win after the point was decided as Alex Wilton and Felix Van Kann defeated Kyle Dandan and Tom Pham, 8-6.


 

 

Todd Volmari tied the score on the match with a 6-4, 6-2 win in #3 singles. Nicholas Bjerke fell to John Lamble on court two 6-1, 6-3 giving the Broncos the advantage. Tom Pham put Santa Clara on the verge on a victory with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Felix Van Kann. Kyle Dandan won the match with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Alex Wilton in #1 singles in a well-fought match. Tom Price fell to Eugene Muchynski 6-4, 6-4 on court six. In the final contest, Nick Northcott fought back after losing the first set 6-0, taking Ilya Osintsev to a third set tiebreaker, but losing 6-0, 5-7, 7-6 (2).

ABOUT UC IRVINE

In last event, the Anteaters (2-14, 0-1) missed out on the crucial doubles point as they fell, 4-3, to the Princeton Tigers Saturday March 24 at Coto de Caza Country Club. Irvine's overall record is 2-14 beating UNLV and Marquette. The Anteaters are 0-1 in Big West Conference losing to UC Santa Barbara.

The Anteatrs are proud to say that sophomore Ryan Cheung (Irvine / University HS) will be playing in the upcoming Davis Cup Tie in Hong Kong, China for the country of Hong Kong. Head Coach Trevor Kronemann added, "It's a pretty big deal to play Davis Cup for your country."

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.

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.

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.

UNIVERSITY OF PACIFIC

The West Coast Conference announced March 28 that the University of the Pacific has formally accepted an invitation to join the WCC on July 1, 2013, for the 2013-14 academic year. Pacific was one of five founding members of the WCC (then the California Basketball Association) in 1952-53 and remained in the Conference until 1971.

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