Opening the 2018 spring season on the road at USC (2-0), LMU (0-1) dropped a 5-2 decision to the Trojans from Marks Tennis Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
LMU's two points came in singles play, as #29 Veronica Miroshnichenko defeated #35 Gabby Smith, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (13-11) at the top spot in the singles order. The Lions also claimed a win at the sixth spot in the order, as fellow freshman Yesica De Lucas topped Sydney Van Alphen, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4-2) in comeback fashion.
Playing at #4 in the lineup, Anna Romeka gave #85 Madison Westby a solid match, eventually dropping the point by a score of 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
Although LMU dropped the doubles point by way of losses at the first and third spots in the order, LMU's Siobhan Anderson and Romeka led USC's #2 squad, 5-4, before the contest went unfinished due to the point already being decided.
In a match of ranked doubles teams at the top spot, Miroshnichenko and Eva Marie Voracek (#10) came up short against Rianna Valdes and Angela Kulikov (#46), 6-4, to decide the doubles point.
LMU will now prepare for its home opener on January 28 when the Lions host Cal Poly at 11 a.m. from the LMU Tennis Center.
LMU vs USC (Jan 19, 2018)
USC 5, LMU 2
Jan 19, 2018 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Marks Tennis Stadium)
1. #29 V. Miroshnichenko (LMU) def. #35 Gabby Smith (USC) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (13-11)
2. Becca Weissmann (USC) def. #107 Eva Marie Voracek (LMU) 6-1, 7-5
3. Rianna Valdes (USC) def. Siobhan Anderson (LMU) 6-1, 6-3
4. #85 Madison Westby (USC) def. Anna Romeka (LMU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
5. Angela Kulikov (USC) def. Camila Tumosa (LMU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Yesica De Lucas (LMU) def. Sydney Van Alphen (USC) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4-2)
1. #46 Rianna Valdes/Angela Kulikov (USC) def. #10 V. Miroshnichenko/Eva Marie Voracek (LMU) 6-4
2. Gabby Smith/Becca Weissmann (USC) vs. Siobhan Anderson/Anna Romeka (LMU) 4-5, unfinished
3. Madison Westby/Constance Branstine (USC) def. Camila Tumosa/Yesica De Lucas (LMU) 6-0
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,3,2,4,6,1)
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