Lions Top Sac State for Moreno's First Victory
Agustin Moreno guided his squad to its first victory of the season on Sunday.
First-year head coach Agustin Moreno picked up his first victory as the head coach for the LMU women's tennis team, as the Lions (1-2) topped Sacramento State (3-1) by a score of 5-2 on Sunday from the LMU Tennis Center.
The Lions won the doubles point for the first time this season, as Anna Romeka and Tatijana Sheikhan defeated Mouzes/McColl, 6-4, on court three to hand LMU its first decision. The duo of Jessica Perez and Elivira Juravliova would then top Soltanici/Bulatovaite, 7-5, to ensure the point and send the match into singles play.
Romeka had little trouble dispatching her opponent, Sofia Wicker, on court six, posting an efficient 6-1, 6-1, victory to push the Lion advantage to 2-0. Alina Soltanici followed by putting the Hornets on the board at court one, besting Perez, 6-2, 6-1.
Andrea Crespo was next off the court for the Lions, defeating Loaiza Esquivias, 6-4, 6-2, leaving LMU just one decision short of its first victory of the year. Jennifer Ong managed to extend the match for Sac State, topping LMU's Kristine Kouyoumjian, 6-4, 6-2 at #2 singles to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Juravliova continued her solid start to her collegiate career on Sunday, sealing the Lion victory with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Deimante Bulatovaite on court four. The native of Moldova is now 3-0 on the year, playing all three dual matches at #4 singles. Although the match was decided, Sheikhan and Andie Mouzes found themselves tied at 2-2, ultimately playing a tiebreaker to decide the point on the court. The Lion freshman won the tiebreaker, 7-2, to push the final tally to 5-2 in favor of LMU.
LMU will return to action on February 13 when it travels to Long Beach State for a match at 11 a.m.
Sacramento State vs LMU (Feb 07, 2016)
LMU 5, Sacramento State 2
Feb 07, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (LMU Tennis Center)
1. SOLTANICI, Alina (SAC) def. Jessica Perez (LMU) 6-2, 6-1
2. ONG, Jennifer (SAC) def. Kristine Kouyoumjian (LMU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Andrea Crespo (LMU) def. LOAIZA ESQUIVIAS, A. (SAC) 6-4, 6-2
4. Elvira Juravliova (LMU) def. BULATOVAITE, D. (SAC) 6-4, 6-4
5. Tatijana Sheikhan (LMU) def. MOUZES, Andie (SAC) 6-2, 2-6, 3-2 (7-2)
6. Anna Romeka (LMU) def. WICKER, Sofia (SAC) 6-1, 6-1
1. Jessica Perez/Elvira Juravliova (LMU) def. SOLTANICI, Alina/BULATOVAITE, D. (SAC) 7-5
2. Andrea Crespo/Julia Norlin (LMU) vs. LOAIZA ESQUIVIAS, A./ONG, Jennifer (SAC) 6-6, unfinished
3. Anna Romeka/Tatijana Sheikhan (LMU) def. MOUZES, Andie/MCCOLL, Emily (SAC) 6-4
Sacramento State 3-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,1,3,2,4)
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