Lions Play USF in Opening Round of WCC Championships

Daniel Simko will be in action this week.

April 23, 2013

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After two heartbreaking 4-3 losses over the weekend to end the regular season, LMU will look to get on the other end of some close decisions this week at the WCC Championships. The Lions enter the tournament as the No. 8 seed and open play Wednesday against the No. 5 seed San Francisco.

LMU has just finished a long and disappointing regular season. The spring campaign started off on the wrong foot when the team barely dropped a 4-3 decision to Pacific at home in the first match of the season. The Lions then spent the next six weeks on the road, where they failed to put anything together. They started off the season at 0-10, with eight of those opening matches on the road.

They found a little momentum right before conference play opened, with wins against UC River- side and a non-conference contest against Gonzaga. The team’s only WCC wins came at Gonzaga later in the year and an upset win over Saint Mary’s at home.

The Lions have lost seven of their matches by one point 4-3 outcomes, meaning they could just as easily be 11-12. But the inability to close out matches leaves the Lions at 4-19 and 2-6 in confer- ence heading into the WCC Championships.



USF enters the WCC Championships as the No. 5 seed after finishing the regular season at 12-7 overall and an even 4-4 in WCC play. The team didn’t have any notable wins in the non-conference schedule. Both LMU and USF defeated Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s. The difference between the two was Portland, a team that LMU lost 5-2 to while the Dons won 6-1.

In the regular season matchup between the Lions and Dons, USF won 5-2. The Lions were only able to win on Courts 4 and 6 for singles. The Lions have improved dramatically at doubles since then and look to get an extra win or two in singles if they hope to upset the Dons on Wednesday.

In the 2012 WCC Championships, these teams met in the first round as well, with LMU as the No. 5 seed and USF as the No. 8 seed. In this matchup last year, USF upset the Lions in a close 4-3 decision, which LMU has not forgotten.

The WCC Championships will be held in San Diego, Calif. at the Barnes Tennis Center this week from April 24-27. Both men’s and women’s tournaments will be there. The men’s opening round is at 12:00p.m. on Wednesday. The 2012 reigning champions are the Pepperdine Waves.

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, 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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