Lions Fall in another Close One
The LMU women's tennis team played another tight match until the very end Sunday afternoon when they hosted Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Feb. 2, 2014
Los Angeles, Calif. -- The LMU women's tennis team played another tight match until the very end Sunday afternoon when they hosted Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. But it was the Mustangs who came out on top at the LMU Tennis Center, defeating the Lions 5-2. LMU falls to 1-3 on the season while Cal Poly improves to 2-2.
In doubles play, the Lions saw another close round that would be decided on the final point. Similar to Saturday's match against UC Santa Barbara, the Lions won quickly on Court 1 before falling on Courts 2 and 3 to drop the doubles point. Miya Jin and Jessica Perez won 6-3 on Court 1 and finished first. The senior and the freshman are now 3-1 playing together on Court 1 this season. Cal Poly then squeezed out two close victories on the other two courts to take the early 1-0 team lead.
In singles play, the match stayed tight until the very end. First to finish was Court 3, where sophomore Kristine Kouyoumjian defeated her opponent 6-2, 6-3 to tie the match up for LMU. Cal Poly would get a point back shortly after when the Mustangs won 6-3, 6-1 on Court 5. In a similar story on Court 6, the Mustangs won 6-1, 6-4 to increase their team lead by another point. From there, the Lions would need to win on all three remaining courts to pull off the team win, a goal that came up just short. Cal Poly went on to win 6-4, 6-3 on Court 2 to clinch the team win for the Mustangs. LMU would then win on Court 4 when freshman Lauri Mueller, ranked No. 97 in the ITA for singles, defeated her opponent 6-4, 6-4. Rounding out the match was a tight one on Court 1, in which Cal Poly won 6-7, 6-4, 10-6 after being decided in a third set tiebreaker.
The Lions continue their season this Friday when they play at Long Beach St. Last season, LMU hosted and defeated a ranked Long Beach St. squad. That win propelled the Lions into the ITA national rankings for the first time since 2007. This year, LMU will look to use the match in a similar way, aiming for a win that will provide some momentum for the rest of their non-conference slate.