Lions Win Second Straight
The LMU women's tennis team got their second consecutive win Thursday at the LMU Tennis Center when they handed Cal State Northridge their first loss of the season.
Feb. 13, 2014
Los Angeles, Calif. -- The LMU women's tennis team got their second consecutive win Thursday at the LMU Tennis Center when they handed Cal State Northridge their first loss of the season. After dropping the doubles point, LMU rallied in singles play to win 4-3 and improve to 3-4 on the year.
In doubles play, CSU Northridge got off to a good start with a quick 8-2 win on Court 2. The matches on Courts 1 and 3 were both extremely close with points going back and forth. The Matadors barely won 8-6 on Court 1 to clinch the doubles point, while LMU's Ellie Grossman and Lauri Mueller pulled out an 8-6 win on Court 3.
Singles play started with the Lions down 1-0 in the team score. But that would not last long, as sophomore Kristine Kouyoumjian came out on fire on Court 1. Playing in only her third career match at the top singles spot, the Torrance, California native showed complete dominance on Thursday, winning 6-0, 6-0. In her two seasons at LMU, Kouyoumjian has now played on all six courts for singles, slowly moving her way up in the lineup. With her second consecutive win on Court 1 Thursday, the sophomore has solidified herself as the hottest player for the Lions right now.
Success continued for the Lions on Court 3, where Mueller was next to finish her match. Staying steadily ahead of her opponent for the entire match, Mueller won 6-4, 6-3 to give the Lions a 2-1 team lead. Shortly after, LMU's Reka Rohonyi finished her match on Court 4, defeating her opponent 6-4, 6-3. The match was clinched for LMU on Court 2, when freshman Jessica Perez battled her way to a close 6-4, 7-5 win over her opponent. The match was back-and-forth for two sets, with Perez edging out the CSU Northridge player just enough in each set.
With the Lions up 4-1 after the first four singles matches complete, the final two matches would be insignificant to the team result. Both matches on Court 5 and 6 would go down to a third set tiebreaker, with the Matadors taking both to bring the final score to 4-3.
The Lions' next match is Wednesday, February 19 when they host UC Irvine at 1:30 p.m.