WCC Champs Ranked No.63 In Latest Poll
Senior Edit Pakay ranked No.111 in the nation.
Jan. 14, 2003
Los Angeles, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003 _ The defending West Coast Conference Champion Loyola Marymount women's tennis team earned a preseason ranking of No. 63 in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings. Senior Edit Pakay garnered a ranking of No.111 after posting a 13-8 record during fall tournaments.
Pakay started the fall season with three straight wins advancing to the semifinals of the Wathen Hancock/Bulldog Classic hosted by Fresno State. She defeated Sacramento State's Christina Rivieccio (6-1, 6-0), teammate Diana Vinis (6-1, 6-1) and Fresno State's Lucia Tallo (3-6, 7-5, 6-3) in order to move on. In the semis Pakay dropped her first match of the year to Cal-Berkeley's Raquel Kops-Jones (6-0, 6-3).
Pakay then went 1-2 at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. In Round 1 of the main draw she fell in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, to Ilinois' Jennifer McGaffigan. Pakay then downed Washington's Erin Boisclair (7-5, 6-4) in the consolation round of 32 before falling to Jessica Rush (6-4, 3-6, 7-5) of Northwestern in the next round.
The senior bounced back nicely though rattling off six straight wins following the loss to Rush. The win streak, which started with a win (7-5, 2-6, 6-3) over Jenny Bowman (UCI) at the UC Irvine Inviational, continued through the St. Mary's Invitational.
Pakay opened the St. Mary's Invitational with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Andy Muller of UC Davis and sailed on through the event all the way to the finals. She took second place after Sacramento State's Margarita Karnaukhova ended the win streak with a 6-4, 6-0 win.
Pakay ended her fall competition going 2-2 at the Women's Fall Desert Intercollegiate Classic. Her two wins at the event came against Santa Clara's Pati Ruiz (6-1, 6-3) and UCLA's Anya Loncaric (6-4, 6-2).
Pakay and the Lions open their spring schedule at the Cal State Los Angeles Tournament Feb. 7-9.