LMU Completes Comeback, Beats Fullerton 4-3
The LMU women's tennis team used everything they had to defeat the visiting Cal State Fullerton Titans 4-3 at the LMU Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.
Feb. 9, 2014
Los Angeles, Calif. -- The LMU women's tennis team used everything they had to defeat the visiting Cal State Fullerton Titans 4-3 at the LMU Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon. After falling behind 3-1 halfway through the singles round, the Lions won the final three matches to complete the comeback. With the win, LMU improves to 2-4 on the season while the Titans drop to 1-5.
With the team score tied at 3-3, everything came down to Court 4 on Sunday. LMU's Reka Rohonyi and Cal State Fullerton's Kalika Slevcove were as even as two competitors could be with the match coming down to a tiebreaker. Rohonyi, the LMU senior from Budapest, Hungary, barely edged out Slevcove in the first set 7-5. The two players then found themselves in a 6-6 tie at the end of the second set with a tiebreaker needed to decide a winner. Rohonyi went on to clinch the tiebreaker set with an ace, winning 7-2 and prompting cheers throughout the LMU Tennis Center.
The doubles round went down to the wire as well, with Cal State Fullerton edging out the Lions for the point. LMU won quickly on Court 3, where Kristine Kouyoumjian and Lauri Mueller defeated their opponent 8-1. The Titans would tie things up after that with a close 8-6 win on Court 1. Cal State Fullerton would clinch the doubles point when they won 8-3 on Court 2.
In singles, the Titans won quickly on Court 2 to extend the team lead to 2-0. Kouyoumjian got the Lions on the board when she won 6-2, 6-3 on Court 1. For Kouyoumjian, it was her first singles win on Court 1 since moving up to the top singles spot this season. Cal State Fullerton would then go on to win on Court 3, bringing the team score to 3-1 in favor of the visiting team. This meant the match would be clinched on the bottom courts, where LMU would need to win on Courts 4, 5, and 6 to get the team victory. And they did. Julia Norlin would win 6-3, 6-3 on Court 6 for the Lions' second team point. On Court 5, Ellie Grossman came from a set down to beat her opponent 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 and keep the Lions alive. Rohonyi would then take the Lions to the finish line when she won 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) on Court 4, clinching the team win for LMU.
The Lions' next match will be Thursday February 13 against Cal State Northridge at 1:30p.m. at the LMU Tennis Center.