Lions Drop 4-3 Heartbreaker to USD
The LMU women's tennis team played in one of the longest and closest matches in recent history at the LMU Tennis Center, but it would be the visiting Toreros who would come out on top with a 4-3 win on Saturday.
March 29, 2014
Los Angeles, Calif. - The LMU women's tennis team played in one of the longest and closest matches in recent history at the LMU Tennis Center, but it would be the visiting Toreros who would come out on top with a 4-3 win on Saturday. After the setback, LMU drops to 6-11 overall and 0-4 in conference, while San Diego improves to 7-9 overall and 3-3 in WCC play. Both the singles and doubles rounds would be decided on the final court with multiple tiebreakers included in the four plus hour match.
In doubles play, the Lions got off to a slow start but would finish strong. San Diego's Anna Depenau and Colomba DiFilippo were hot on Court 2, where they defeated LMU's Ellie Grossman and Lauri Mueller 8-1. The Lions would then need to win both of the remaining two courts to earn the doubles point, and they did. On Court 3, Kristine Kouyoumjian and Reka Rohonyi would take the match 8-4 over the Toreros. The doubles round would then come down to Court 1, where LMU's Miya Jin and Jessica Perez clinched the point for the Lions when they won 8-5.
With a 1-0 lead heading into singles play, the Lions would get their second point quickly when USD's Shani Blecher retired from her match on Court 1 shortly into the second set. LMU's top singles player Kristine Kouyoumjian cruised to a 6-2 win in the first set and seemed to have everything working for her. She kept it rolling into the second set, winning the first game before Blecher retired and conceded the match. San Diego would answer with a win on Court 2 next, where Marta Stojanovic battled LMU's Jessica Perez to a 6-3, 6-1 finish. Shortly after, the Toreros would bring the team score to a tie when Colomba DiFilippo defeated LMU's Lauri Mueller 6-2, 6-2 on Court 4. Then, LMU would retake the team lead when Ellie Grossman took down Mikayla Morkel-Brink 6-3, 6-3 on Court 6.
With the score at 3-2 LMU, the Toreros needed to win both of the final two matches. On the two remaining courts, it were the two seniors on the LMU roster that were fighting for wins. On Court 5, senior Reka Rohonyi dropped the first set 6-1 before turning things around to take the second set 6-4. Rohonyi and San Diego's Idil Haciraifoglu would play a third set to determine a winner, where the Torero player would pull away to win the match 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. So the match would be decided on Court 3, where Senior Miya Jin and San Diego's Anna Depenau were going back and forth all afternoon. Both the first and second set went all the way to tiebreakers with Jin winning the first 7-6 and Depenau winning the second 7-6. With all other courts complete, the match went to a third set to decide a winner, where Depenau would prevail and win the match 6-7, 7-6, 6-2.
The Lions will be back on the road next weekend when they travel to the Northwest to face Portland on Friday and Gonzaga on Saturday.