LMU Falls at No. 46 Long Beach St.
The LMU women's tennis team continued their nonconference schedule Friday when they visited Long Beach St. The Lions fell 7-0 in a match that drops the Lions to 1-4 and improves the 49ers to 4-1.
Feb. 7, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. -- The LMU women's tennis team continued their nonconference schedule Friday when they visited No. 46 Long Beach St. The Lions fell 7-0 in a match that drops the Lions to 1-4 and improves the 49ers to 4-1.
In 2013 when these two teams met, the Lions upset the 49ers at home and jumped into the ITA national rankings. This year the story went differently with Long Beach St. getting the win on their home courts.
In doubles play, the Lions started slow, dropping the matches on Court 2 and 3. The two wins for the 49ers were enough to clinch the doubles point. LMU made it a close 8-6 finish on Court 1 but came up just short of a win.
The Lions played the 49ers tight on all six courts in singles. On the top two courts, LMU forced the match into a three set tiebreaker. Sophomore Kristine Kouyoumjian, who has been playing well as of late, moved up to Court 1 for her first start on the top court. After dropping the first set, Kouyoumjian came back to win her second set but would ultimately fall in a heartbreaking tiebreaker to fall 6-1, 3-6, 10-8. On Court 2, freshman Jessica Perez also came back after dropping the first set but would fall in the tiebreaker third set as well with a final score of 1-6, 7-6, 10-5.
The third set tiebreaker to 10 points is something both coaches must agree on before the start of the match. This decision to end the match sooner rather than playing out a whole third set makes the match very quick and intense. The tiebreaker format makes it hard to come back after falling behind just a few points. On Friday, LMU experienced the harshness of the tiebreaker once again. The Lions fell in consecutive sets on the other four courts to close up the 7-0 setback.
LMU returns home for the next match when they host Cal State Fullerton at 11:00a.m. on Sunday at the LMU Tennis Center.