Lions Bring Momentum Into Final Weekend of Play
Coming off their second WCC win, LMU will end the season with UC Davis, No. 39 BYU at home this weekend.
April 16, 2013
Last Saturday, the Lions defeated Saint Mary’s 5-2 for their second win in WCC competition this season. LMU is looking to build off that win as they head into the final weekend of regular season play before going to the WCC Championships in San Diego next week.
LMU is currently 4-17 overall and 2-5 in conference. Despite their struggles, it is important to note that 14 of their first 19 games were on the road. Coming off a big win over Saint Mary’s last weekend, the team is confident they can end the season strong and have some momentum going into the WCC Championships at the end of the month.
Their final two matches of the season will come against UC Davis and BYU. UC Davis is a non- conference matchup to fill the weekend, while BYU is currently atop the conference standings and are naked No. 39 in the nation.
ABOUT UC DAVIS
UC Davis is currently 6-11 overall and 0-4 in the Big West. The Aggies had a strong start to their season but have struggled lately. They are winless in conference play and are currently on a five- match losing streak. The team has solid wins over Portland St., Seattle University, Boston College, and Villanova.
BYU is currently having one of the best seasons in men’s tennis program history. They are currently 19-4 overall and are unbeaten in conference play at 6-0. The Cougars are currently on an eight- match winning streak. Playing some of the nation’s best competition, BYU is 6-2 over nationally ranked opponents.
NEW DOUBLES DUOS
LMU has been improving dramatically in doubles with a few new groupings. When healthy, senior Nicholas Bjerke has been playing doubles with junior Sebastian Bustamante. 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
The West Coast Conference has just named the LMU sophomore duo of Felix Van Kann and Othar Kordsachia the doubles team of the month for March 2013. Since the two Germans started play- ing together, they have yet to be defeated and are now 7-0. They have found rhythum together and have moved up to No. 1 doubles for LMU.
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. 63 doubles team in the nation for their recent success, the first national ranking for a Lion this season. The April 16 ITA Rankings have moed them to No. 70.
Online at lmulions.com, Lions All-Access did a special video feature interview on the pair about why they enjoy playing together, their German advantage, and other keys to their success.
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