Lions Travel to Long Beach for CSULB Invitational Tournament
LMU will play in the CSULB Invitational, January 20-22, starting the 2012 Spring Season.
Jan. 19, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
In the black doubles bracket, LMU doubles team of Tory Parravi and Ashley Anderson defeated Patton and Diamanti of EWU, 8-5. Advancing to the next round, Parravi/Anderson suffered a loss of 8-5 to Facey and Tatsuno of UCI. Also playing in doubles in the white bracket were Elisaveta Pironkova and Logan Finnell, who suffered losses against UNM and UCI.
Anderson and Pironkova competed strongly for LMU singles play over the last weekend. In the red bracket, Anderson defeated Patton of EWU, 6-4, 6-1 in the consolation bracket after a loss to Air Force's Christine Molina in the first round. In the black bracket, Pironkova dropped a decision to Steffi Rath of DU before defeating Grback of UNM by a count of 7-5, 6-4 in the consolation bracket. Lo- gan Finnell and Tory Parravi also competed in singles play, falling in tough matches in the consolation bracket.
Lopez posted an impressive collegiate career, amassing a 56-42 overall singles record. During his senior season, Lopez went 16-8 in both singles and doubles play with teammate Otto Sauer, including a 6-3 singles record in conference match ups, en route to first team All-Conference honors in both singles and doubles. Lopez played the number one singles position for the Lions most of his LMU career, post- ing impressive victories over some of the top players in the nation. Before transferring to LMU, Lopez played a year at Freed-Hardeman University in 2006-2007 where he was named NAIA All-American and All-Conference in singles and doubles. He was also ranked No. 5 in the nation in NAIA singles and No.17 in doubles.
The 49ers will come in as the most highly regarded team of the four, the only ranked team in the initial spring rankings released by the ITA. Long Beach State moved up from their final ranking from a year ago, and will start the season ranked No. 38 in the nation.