Women's Tennis Falls 4-0 To Washington In NCAA First Round
The Lions conclude their season with a 14-11 overall record and a 7-1 mark in the WCC.
May 10, 2002
Los Angeles, Calif., - Friday, May 10, 2002 - The 59th-ranked Loyola Marymount women's tennis team fell, 4-0, to No.23 Washington on Friday afternoon in Round 1 of the NCAA Championships. With the victory, the Huskies advance to play the winner of the UCLA/Southern match played later this afternoon.
The Lions finish the 2002 season with a 14-11 overall record and a 7-1 mark in the West Coast Conference.
The Huskies took a quick 1-0 advantage in the match after winning the doubles point. UW's Ilona Kordonskaya and Erin Hoe defeated LMU's Penka Fileva and Jessica Palencia, 8-3, at the No.3 spot while the Lions' No.1 team of Angelina Zdorovytska and Andrea Lord dropped a hard-fought 9-7 decision to the Huskies' team of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic. The Lions' No.2 doubles team of Julie Hladik and Edit Pakay were leading UW's team of Colleen Gray and Dea Sumantra, 7-6, before having their match suspended.
"It was deja vu of the Pepperdine match during the conference tournament," stated Head Coach Jamie Sanchez. "We played the doubles pretty close but couldn't quite pull away for the point. We'd been there before, and come back from it, so it wasn't too deflating. We had to just accept that we were down 1-0 but still matched up well against them. The ball was in our court and it was up to us to execute."
Lion junior Pakay was making quick work of UW's Carter at the No.1 singles spot, 6-3 and 5-2, before that match was also suspended. Unfortunately for the Lions, the Huskies had already collected the three singles victories needed to claim the match. Fileva, Zdorovytska and Hladik each fell in straight sets giving UW the 4-0 win.
"We're not disappointed," commented Sanchez. "We had a great season. It was a quite a team accomplishment, not only gettting to the NCAA's, but getting there by way of a conference championship. Our four seniors leave a legacy of setting and achieving their goals in the four years they were with us. Our program has continued to reach new heights over the last four years and I think we have now established a tradition of excellence, in reaching the NCAA's, that we can strive for in years to come."
1. Carter/Klaic (UW) def. Lord/Zdorovytska (LMU) 9-7
2. Gray/Sumantri (UW) vs. Hladik/Pakay (LMU) Susp.
3. Kordonskaya/Hoe (UW) def. Fileva/Jessica Palencia (LMU) 8-3
Washington Wins Doubles Point
1. Claire Carter (UW) vs. Edit Pakay (LMU) Susp.
2. Darija Klaic (UW) vs. Andrea Lord (LMU) Susp.
3. Ilona Kordonskaya (UW) def. Penka Fileva (LMU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Dea Sumantri (UW) def. Angelina Zdorovytska (LMU) 6-0, 6-2
5. Colleen Gray (UW) def. Julie Hladik (LMU) 6-2, 6-1*
6. Erin Hoe (UW) vs. Georgina Dinham (LMU) Susp.
* Denotes Clinching Match