Ranked Opponents Ahead for Lions
Men's tennis travels to No. 19 San Diego and No. 45 BYU in the final week of the regular season.
April 16, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The Lions travel for the final week of the regular season. This week LMU wraps up its WCC schedule with matches at No. 19 San Diego and No. 45 BYU. The ranked opponents will be the final challenges for LMU heading into the WCC Championships which begin April 25.
LMU will face No. 19 University of San Diego on Tuesday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. and No. 45 BYU on Friday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m.
LMU men's tennis wrapped up its spring home schedule with a 5-2 defeat of Gonzaga. The Lions (10-11, 3-2 WCC) came back to defeat the Bulldogs (8-10, 1-5 WCC) in doubles and won the majority of singles matches.
Felix Van Kann and Alex Wilton fell in #1 doubles, 8-2, to Scott Sullivan and Zia Hwa Chong in the first doubles match to conclude. Nicholas Bjerke and Daniel Simko got a decisive victory over Olivier Jamin and Vladmir Mijatovic, 8-1. The point came down to court three where Todd Volmari and Nick Northcott defeated Muzeen Ismath and Alvaro Nazai, 9-7, in a back-and-forth match which saw the Lions' duo down several points.
The Bulldogs tied the match with a win in #1 singles by Nazai over Wilton, 6-0, 6-3. The Lions roared back as Volmari defeated Levin Guillermo 6-3, 6-1. Sullivan then beat Northcott 6-2, 6-3 to tie the match again. Van Kann put LMU on the precipice of a victory with a 6-4, 6-2 victory on court four. Bustamante got the match winning point by defeating Jamin 6-3, 6-4. Simko added to the Lions' win with a comeback victory of his own, defeating Mijatovic 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO
The University of San Diego men's tennis team suffered a 4-3 upset at the hands of No. 32 Santa Clara on Sunday afternoon from the Degheri Tennis Center. USD (13-7, 4-2 WCC) came away with two of the three doubles matches to get the momentum going in their favor, but were unable to keep that momentum going into singles play.
In the Campbell's/ITA College Tennis ranking April 10 poll Nikola Bubnic was ranked No. 36 and Thibaut Visy was ranked No. 112 in singles. The Toreros wrap up regular season WCC action when they host Loyola Marymount on Tuesday, Apr. 17 for a 3:00 pm first serve.
With its second 6-1 conference win of the weekend, the No. 45 BYU men's tennis team topped the Portland Pilots Saturday at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts. The Cougars (13-7, 3-2 WCC) recorded their second doubles sweep of the weekend. All three BYU doubles teams took a 5-2 lead over their respective opponents.
In the Campbell's/ITA College Tennis ranking April 10 poll Georgy Batrakov of BYU was ranked No. 73 in singles play. The Cougars will also face perennial powerhouse Pepperdine on April 21 at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
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.
An All-American while at Pepperdine, Sceney helped the Waves to a top-10 ranking each of his four seasons in Malibu. His mark of 85 career singles victories is still the Pepperdine record today. In 1996, Sceney won the All-American Doubles Championship.
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.
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.