Lions Return Home for Final Four Matches
After the past two weekends on the road, LMU men's tennis will play San Diego and Saint Mary's at home this weekend.
April 9, 2013
ABOUT SAN DIEGO
San Diego has been dominant at home this season with a 12-2 record but the team has struggled on the road with a 1-4 record away from San Diego. The team is coming off back-to-back 6-1 wins over Santa Clara and San Francisco at home last weekend.
ABOUT SAINT MARY'S
NEW DOUBLES DUOS
LMU has been improving dramatically in doubles with a few new groupings. Last week, senior Nicholas Bjerke began playing doubles with junior Sebastian Bustamante again. The Bjerke/Busta- mante duo was All-WCC in 2012 and traveled to Oklahoma in the fall for the ITA All-American doubles tournament. The pair also advanced to the ITA regional semifinals in a doubles tourna- ment in California later in the fall.
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 four of their previous five matches. These victories include a win at then No. 11 Pepperdine, as well as last week's conference matches.
DOUBLES TEAM OF THE MONTH
In the month of March, the pair went 4-0 with two matches going unfinished. The key victory for the squad came on March 20, when the two defeated Finn Tearney and Francis Alcantara of Pepperdine. At the time, Pepperdine was No. 11 in the nation and their doubles team was No. 47 in the nation.
The April 9 ITA Rankings listed van Kann and Kordsachia as the No. 61 doubles team in the nation for their recent success.
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.
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