Miya Jin Leads Lions at SMC Invitational

Freshman Jessica Perez competed at the Saint Mary's Invitational over the weekend.

Oct. 14, 2013

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Moraga, Calif. -- Four members of the LMU women's tennis team competed in singles and doubles tournaments at the Saint Mary's Invitational over the weekend. Senior Miya Jin had another standout performance, making it to the finals of the White Singles Draw.

The annual ITA event hosted by Saint Mary's College featured a number of strong teams from the West, including seven of the ten teams in the West Coast Conference. In the field along with LMU and host Saint Mary's were Cal, UC Davis, Cal Poly, Fresno St., Gonzaga, Portland, Pacific, Santa Clara, Sacramento St., Stanford, San Francisco, and Washington.

In the White Singles division, Jin started off with an easy 6-0, 6-1 win over Liz Searl of Saint Mary's in the round of 32. Then, the senior from Palos Verdes, California took down Nicole Koehly of UC Davis 6-2, 6-1. In the quarterfinals, Jin battled Sacramento St.'s Katherina Knoebl to a 6-1, 7-5 win. Next, to get her fourth consecutive win, Jin defeated Marina Nikolic of USF 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the finals. And in the championship, Jin battled hard to a heartbreaking 7-5, 7-5 defeat to USF's Thyra Taune to earn second place.

This impressive showing follows a similar performance last week, in which Jin went undefeated in the Flight B singles draw at the Beach Tennis Fall Invitational, hosted by Long Beach St.



Senior Reka Rohonyi also competed in the White Singles draw for the Lions. After dropping a close opening round match, Rohonyi defeated Tiffany Pham of UC Davis 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (5) before falling in the consolation quarterfinals.

The top flight for singles this weekend was the Red Singles Draw, where newcomers Jessica Perez and Elanor Grossman represented LMU. Freshman Perez defeated Shelby Cooke of Santa Clara in the opening round while sophomore Grossman dropped a close one to Danielle Flores of Saint Mary's. Both Lions went on to fall in the second round.

In doubles play, Perez and Jin were paired up for LMU in the Red Doubles draw. The duo won their opening round match 8-3 over a team from Portland before falling 8-4 in the quarterfinals to a pair from Stanford. Rohonyi and Grossman were also paired together for LMU as they competed in the White Doubles Draw. After falling 8-2 to a pair from UC Davis, the Lions bounced back to defeat a team from USF 8-6 in the consolation quarterfinals. The LMU pair would then suffer an 8-1 setback to Portland in the consolation semifinals.

Next up for the Lions is the ITA Regional Tournament next week.



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