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


On January 20 the LMU women's tennis team will travel to Long Beach to play over three days in the CSULB Invitational Tournament.

LMU finished its fall tournament schedule competing at the San Diego State Fall Classic. Due to weath- er day two of the tournament was canceled.

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.

After a three-year playing career for the LMU men's tennis team, and one year serving as a volunteer assistant for the women's tennis team, Ivan Lopez was named as a full-time assistant in the women's program at the start of this year.

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.

Long Beach State will be using the 16 courts of the Rhodes Tennis Center to its full capacity this upcom- ing weekend, hosting the Beach Tennis Winter Invitational, an early tune-up for the spring dual season. Welcoming three other teams to Long Beach; Nevada, Cal State Northridge, and Loyola Marymount, the Beach Tennis Winter Invitational will feature flighted play between all of the teams, as the schools' doubles teams and singles players will play each other in a round robin that will be scored as a tourna- ment, rather than a dual format.

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.


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