Lions Complete Comeback, Upset No. 44 UCI
Down 3-1 with three matches left, the LMU women's tennis team did what needed to be done to complete the comeback and upset No. 44 UC Irvine by a 4-3 score at the LMU Tennis Center Wednesday afternoon.
Feb. 19, 2014
Los Angeles, Calif. - Down 3-1 with three matches left, the LMU women's tennis team did what needed to be done to complete the comeback and upset No. 44 UC Irvine by a 4-3 score at the LMU Tennis Center Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Lions improve to 4-4 on the season, while the Anteaters fall to 3-5.
Wednesday marked the first win over a ranked opponent this season for the Lions. In 2013, these two teams met in Irvine, where the then ranked Anteaters defeated LMU 7-0. The Lions were able to avenge last season's setback and defend their home courts on Wednesday.
The Lions started out the match with a strong performance in the doubles round. All three courts were close, with the Lions getting just enough to win the doubles point. The first match to finish was on Court 2, which UC Irvine barely won 8-6. This meant the Lions would need to win on the remaining two courts to win the point. On Court 1, Miya Jin and Jessica Perez had their hands full, but were able to edge out a slim 8-6 victory to tie things up. The win for the senior and freshman improves their record as a pair to an impressive 5-2 mark. Then, with everything riding on Court 3, Lions Reka Rohonyi and Kristine Kouyoumjian were able to come away with an 8-5 win to clinch the team point for LMU.
This win in the doubles point marks the Lions' first team win in the doubles round since their opening sweep of Concordia on January 25th. In this week's LMU Women's Tennis Weekly Previews on the LMU Sports Network, senior Miya Jin explained that the team's main focus all week was doubles play. She added that their main goal for the UC Irvine match was to finally get over the hump and win two out of three doubles matches as a team, a goal the Lions executed Wednesday.
The singles round got off to a slow start for LMU, with UCI winning the first three matches to finish on Courts 4, 5, and 6 to take a 3-1 lead. But on the top three courts, the Lions were up a set on each. LMU would need a win on all three courts to pull off the upset, a feat they accomplished in exceptional fashion. On Court 3, Jin defeated her opponent 6-3, 7-5 to bring the team score to 3-2. The win marked Jin's first singles victory since the opening match with Concordia, and it couldn't have come at a better time. On Court 1, Kouyoumjian defeated her opponent 7-6, 6-4 in an extremely tight match to tie the team score up for the Lions. Kouyoumjian has now won three straight singles matches on the top court for LMU. This would bring the deciding point to Court 2, where Perez was playing. And for the second time this season, the freshman was able to clinch the team win for the Lions with an exciting 7-6, 6-4 victory.
The Lions' next match will be on the road at UC Riverside Friday, February 21.