Feb. 28, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- The LMU women's tennis team fell to Nevada 4-3 Thursday afternoon at the LMU Tennis Center, extending their losing streak to four games. The result also marked the first home loss of the season as the Lions dropped to 3-1 at home and 3-5 overall. The Nevada Wolfpack improved to 2-3 on the year.
Starting in the doubles round, both teams looked very evenly matched. On Court 1, April Bisharat and Claudia Razzeto won their match fairly quickly. Finishing first with the 8-4 victory had the Lion effort looking promising. On Court 2, however, Miya Jin and Adriana Radinovic could not finish off their opponents. After being tied at 5-5, the Nevada duo finished strong to drop the Lions 8-6. The doubles point then came down to Court 3. Both teams went back and forth the whole match before reaching a 7-7 tie. With the other courts finished, the final match had the attention of both teams and all spectators. But like Court 2, it was the Wolfpack to finish off the match and clinch the doubles point with a 9-7 win.
In singles play, Nevada was in control to start the round. At one point, the Lions were down on five of the six courts, and looking at a possible 6-1 loss. The Wolfpack took care of business quickly on Court 5 to take a 2-0 lead. Then, Kristine Kouyoumjian won 6-2, 6-2 on Court 4 and Lisa Piller won 7-6, 6-1 on Court 6, both finishing their match within a minute of each other to tie the score at 2-2. Nevada then retook the lead after a win on Court 2 before Jin tied things up again for the Lions with a 6-2, 6-3 win on Court 3.
This brought the score to 3-3 with the only match yet to finish taking place on Court 1. Nevada's Michelle Okhremchuk won the first set over Bisharat. The two top players were very even in the first set, with Okhremchuk just finishing off more points. But Bisharat bounced back in the second set with fierce and relentless play to tie the match. By the time the deciding set began, all other matches had finished with all eyes on the main court. The third set went back and forth for a while before Okhremchuk won 6-3, clinching the victory for Nevada.
The Lions don't return to play until March 10, when they play at Cal Poly.
- GO LIONS -