Lions Get First Conference Win

Reka Rohonyi won her singles match against Portland Friday.

April 5, 2013

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LOS ANGELES -- The now No. 73 Lions got their first win in WCC play at home Friday in memorable fashion, with a big 6-1 win over the University of Portland. LMU improves to 8-7 and 1-2 in conference play, while the Pilots drop to 8-10 overall and 1-4 in the WCC.

This win was crucial in helping the Lions get back on track. The Lions have been strong at home all season and in this current seven-match home stand, LMU is now 4-2 with one more match coming tomorrow against Gonzaga.

In the doubles round, the Lions secured the point early. First to finish was the doubles team of Tory Parravi and Kristine Kouyoumjian who won 8-2 on Court 3. Shortly after, April Bisharat and Claudia Razzeto did the same on Court 1, getting the 8-2 victory to clinch the point for the Lions. Portland would later win on Court 2 but the result was inconsequential.

In singles, the Lions would win on five of six courts. Getting done first for the Lions was Razzeto, who earned a much-needed victory. After playing on Court 2 much of the season, Head Coach Jamie Sanchez decided to move her to Court 3 today, which paid off as Razzeto won 6-0, 7-5. Next to win was the phenomenal freshman Kristine Kouyoumjian, who got her team-high, tenth consecutive singles victory Friday as she cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 finish on Court 4.

With those two wins, the Lions were up 3-0, one point shy from clinching the win. But Portland would not go down easily as the remaining four matches would all go to three sets, dragging out the match and making LMU earn the team win.

On Court 5, Miya Jin got a 7-5, 0-6, 6-3 win over her opponent to clinch the team win for LMU. Then the Pilots would get their only win of the afternoon on Court 1 in a match that went down to the wire, being decided in the last game of the final set. Next to win for the Lions was Parravi who came from a set down to get a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory on Court 2. Rounding things out for LMU was Reka Rohonyi who won a third set tiebreaker to earn the 6-4, 4-6, 13-11 victory.

Tomorrow’s home match vs. Gonzaga has been moved up to 12:00 noon.





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