Lions Play USF in Opening Round of WCC Championships
￼￼￼LMU men's tennis looks to make a run in the conference tournament this week. ￼￼￼￼￼￼
April 23, 2013
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 VS LMU
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.
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. 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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