Lions Split Pair of Matches in Las Vegas
The No. 63 LMU women's tennis team played a pair of matches on the road Saturday, defeating Utah St. 4-2 after falling to UNLV 4-0.
March 1, 2014
Las Vegas, Nev. - The No. 63 LMU women's tennis team played a pair of matches on the road Saturday, defeating Utah St. 4-2 after falling to UNLV 4-0. The double header came as a result of a rained out match on Friday afternoon. After the two matches, LMU now holds a record of 6-6.
After falling to UNLV in the morning, LMU was able to bounce back quickly Saturday when they defeated Utah St. 4-2. In the afternoon match, LMU came out strong in the doubles point. On Court 1, the Lions' dynamic duo of freshman Jessica Perez and senior Miya Jin defeated their opponents 8-4. This LMU pair is 8-3 in doubles playing on the top court. Then after falling on Court 2, LMU's Reka Rohonyi and Lisa Piller clinched the doubles point for the Lions with a clutch 8-4 win on Court 3.
In singles play, the Lions needed wins on three courts in order to secure the team victory. And that's exactly what they got. Despite being without top singles player Kristine Kouyoumjian due to sickness, the Lions were victorious on three courts in singles. On Court 2, Miya Jin defeated Kallie Sperry of Utah St. 6-1, 7-5. On Court 5, LMU sophomore transfer Ellie Grossman defeated her opponent 6-4, 6-1. And on Court 4, Reka Rohonyi clinched the team win for the Lions when she defeated Utah St.'s Lexi Turley 2-6, 7-5, 6-0. The only court that went unfinished in the match was Court 1, where' LMU's Jessica Perez did have a lead on her opponent.
In the first match of the day, the Lions faced the host team UNLV. In doubles play, the Lions kept all three matches very close, but could not hang on for a win. LMU's Jessica Perez and Miya Jin fell 8-4 on Court 1 to Lucia Batta and Santa Shumilina of UNLV. On Court 3, Reka Rohonyi and Lisa Piller dropped an 8-5 setback to UNLV's Aleksandra Josifoska and Iren Kotseva. The match on Court 2 went unfinished when UNLV clinched the doubles point.
In singles, UNLV would win the first three matches to finish, which would give them the 4-0 team win. Despite the score, LMU played a very close match. On two of the three courts, the Lions would battle to three sets, and the Lions help leads on some of the courts that went unfinished. On Court 1, Jessica Perez squared off with the No. 46 singles player in the country in Lucia Batta. Perez came out strong and won the first set 6-2 before Batta would come back to win the match 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. On Court 4, LMU's Reka Rohonyi also won her first set but UNLV's Iren Kotseva would eventually take the match 4-6, 6-3, 3-0.
The Lions' next match will be Saturday, March 8 at home against Florida International.