Women's Tennis Advances With 6-1 Win

April 19, 2002

Santa Clara, CA (April 19, 2002) - The Loyola Marymount University women's tennis team advanced in the winner's bracket of the 2002 West Coast Conference Championships with a 6-1 win over San Diego in the first day of the tournament on Friday afternoon.

With the win the Lions advance to take on tournament host Santa Clara, who was a 6-1 winner over Saint Mary's. LMU, who is the number two seed in the tournament, took second for the first time in program history in 2001 with a win over San Diego in last year's tournament. Santa Clara is the number three seed in this season's tournament and will take on the Lions at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

The Lions took the doubles point with a sweep of all three double pairings. The number one doubles team of Andrea Lord and Angelina Zdorovytska won 8-3, number two doubles team of Julie Hladik and Edit Pakay won 8-4 and Penka Fileva and Jessica Placencia won the number three doubles 8-2.

LMU then recovered from a slow start in singles play to take all but number three singles. At number one singles, Pakay recovered from a 6-2 loss in the first set to claim 6-1 and 6-0 wins in the final two sets for the match win. Georgina Dinham accomplished a similar win, dropping the first set 6-1 but then recovered to win the final two sets 6-1, 6-1 for the win in number six singles.

Lord won in number two singles 6-4, 2-4 before the match was retired, while Zdorovytska won at number four singles 6-4, 6-4 and Hladik won at number five singles 6-3, 6-2. Fileva had to retire in the third set of her number three singles match, losing the first set 6-2 and winning the second set 6-4 before retiring. She has been struggling with the flu this week.



The Lions have already defeated Santa Clara once this season, earning a 6-1 win at the LMU Tennis Courts on March 27.

In the other winner's bracket match it will be Pepperdine, the number one seed, taking on Portland, the number five seed.



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