Lions Can't Pull Off Upset of No. 51 BYU
The LMU women's tennis team returned to the LMU Tennis Center for their first home match in three weeks on Friday but were unable to overcome the strong play of No. 51 BYU.
March 28, 2014
Los Angeles, Calif. - The LMU women's tennis team returned to the LMU Tennis Center for their first home match in three weeks on Friday but were unable to overcome the strong play of No. 51 BYU. After a close doubles round went the Cougars way, BYU would hold on to the lead through singles play to win the match 5-2. LMU drops to 6-10 overall and 0-3 in conference play while BYU improves to 8-6 overall and 4-0 in WCC play. The No. 51 Cougars currently sit alone in first place of the conference.
The doubles round saw extremely tight matches on all three courts. On Court 3, the Lions jumped into the lead early and built their lead to 6-3. But a fierce Cougar comeback would bring the match to a 7-7 score, meaning a tiebreaker would be needed. BYU's Morgan Anderson and Meg Sheehan-Dizon would use their momentum to overcome LMU's Kristine Kouyoumjian and Reka Rohonyi to win the match 8-7 with a 7-4 win in the tiebreaker. Court 2 was close for the entire match with games being traded back and forth. With the match tied 6-6, it would be BYU's Nicolette Tran and Savannah Ware who would pull away from LMU's Ellie Grossman and Lauri Mueller to win 8-6 and clinch the doubles point for the Cougars. At this point, the match on Court 1 was also heading to the wire. BYU held a 7-6 lead over LMU's top doubles team of Miya Jin and Jessica Perez when the match would go unfinished as a result of the clinching win on Court 2.
In singles, BYU kept up their strong play early. The first three courts to finish all went in favor of the Cougars, meaning BYU would clinch the team victory up 4-0. On the top Court, Kouyoumjian battled hard for the Lions and the 6-3, 6-1 result in the box score does not indicate how close the match truly was. A couple instances of bad luck would shift momentum to her opponent, making it difficult for the sophomore to complete the comeback. On Court 5, Reka Rohonyi of LMU kept the first set extremely close before BYU's Savannah Ware would pull away to win 7-5, 6-2. Miya Jin also found herself in a tight match on Court 3, where Nicollete Tran barely edged out Jin in both sets for a 6-3, 6-4 win. On Court 4, Laura Mueller played a great first set to take the lead but BYU's Toby Miclat would come roaring back to take the second set and barely edge out Mueller in a tiebreaker to win the match 4-6, 6-2, 10-6 for the Cougars.
The final two courts to finish both went down to the wire but ended with LMU on top. On Court 2, Jessica Perez dropped the first set. However, the freshman Lion would show incredible poise to battle back and take a close second set before winning a very close tiebreaker to get the victory 3-6, 6-4, 10-8. On Court 6, sophomore Ellie Grossman came out firing and cruised to a 6-1 first set win. But after her opponent would take the second set, a third frame would be needed. With both opponents very even, the third set would go all the way to a tiebreaker before Grossman would prevail for the LMU win by a score of 6-1, 2-6, 7-6.
The Lions' will be back in action tomorrow when they host San Diego at 1:30 p.m. If you can't attend the match, you can listen live to the broadcast of the match on RadioTennis.com.