Tennis Opens With Shortened W
Women claim a 4-1 win over Cal State Fullerton in dark-shortened match Thursday.
Feb. 8, 2007
Fullerton, CA (Feb. 8) - The Loyola Marymount women's tennis team began the dual match portion of their schedule with a 4-1 win over Cal State Fullerton on Thursday afternoon. The match was shortened due to darkness but the Lions were on their way to sweeping the singles when the match was called.
The Lions lost the doubles point in marathon matches that pushed the match long. Tamara Tanner, who made her first dual apperance since 2005, and Pavla Mesterova earned an 8-6 win over Mai-ly Tran and Gina Le. The other two matches in doubles went to Fullerton in extra sets.
Serena Fermin, who also was playing in her first dual match since 2005 and Erin Ivey fell to Shaghig Injejikian 9-7 and newcomers Elrien de Villiers and Bliss Nixon fell in a heartbreaker at No. 3 doubles, falling 9-8 (10-8 in the tiebreaker) to Jerusha Cruz and Katrina Domela.
"It was a very competitive match. We knew going in that it would be and started that way when Cal State Fullerton won the doubles point," said Head Coach Jamie Sanchez. "We had four players who were debuting in a Division I intercollegiate match. It was good for us to start out with a tough competitor like Cal State Fullerton; it will only make us better and more seasoned as our new players become accustomed to Division I competition."
In the singles matches, however, the Lions took over. Senior Robyn Baker claimed a 6-2, 6-2 win over Tran at No. 2 doubles to even the overall match at 1-1. Ivey cruised at No. 4 doubles, posting a 6-0, 6-1 win over Brandy Andrews.
Nixon and de Villiers continued their solid play to open the season as de Villiers earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Injejikian at No. 6 singles and Nixon pushed the Lions to the match win with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 victory at No. 5 singles.
Mesterova was up 6-4, 5-4 at No. 1 singles before darkness called the match. Also unfinished with Tanner at No. 3 singles, as she led 3-6, 6-1, 5-3.
"All in all it was a good 1st match for us," said Sanchez. "It will prepare us for our match against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. They are at #73 in the NCAA Division I National Rankings. There #1 doubles team is ranked #38 in the Division I Doubles Rankings."
The match is at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday.
NCAA's WOMEN'S TENNIS
DOUBLES (must win 2 of 3 matches for one team point)
SINGLES (each worth one team point)