Lions Open Spring Season With Back-to-Back Matches

Head coach Jamie Sanchez begins his 38th season in charge of LMU Tennis.

Jan. 23, 2013

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LOS ANGELES -- The LMU women's tennis team begins the 2013 spring campaign with its first dual matches this weekend against NAIA foes Westmont and Concordia.

BRIEFLY: The Lions will open a new season this Friday with a trip to Santa Barbara to face Westmont College before returning home this Saturday to host Concordia for another non-conference match at the LMU Tennis Center.

LION TRACKS: The Lions just wrapped up a full fall schedule, competing in many tournaments throughout California to get ready for their spring campaign. The fall schedule started at the Cal State Fullerton Fall Intercollegiate tournament in early October with two wins. Sophomore Tory Parravi won the “A” flight singles competition and junior Reka Rohonyi won the “C” flight consolation bracket. LMU followed up the Fullerton tournament with a strong showing at the University of Memphis Invitational where the Lions went 13-5 in singles and 7-2 in doubles. The Lions concluded October with wins at the ITA West Regionals.

In November, four Lions advanced at the Bulldog Classic with Parravi advancing to the tournament semifinals. LMU concluded the fall schedule with doubles success at the Jack Kramer Tennis Club.

A LOOK BACK: LMU’s 2012 spring season ended in the second round of the West Coast Conference tournament when they fell to Santa Clara, 4-3 in a nailbiting match which finished with multiple tiebreakers. The Lions finished the year 5-3 in conference (9-16 overall) giving the team a 4th-place finish.

Senior April Bisharat and sophomore Tory Parravi were named All-WCC Second Team for their impressive singles play. In doubles play, the Lions had two duos receive All-WCC Honorable Mention recognition: Bisharat and her playing partner junior Claudia Razzeto as well as Parravi and her partner, former Lion, Ashley Anderson.

EXPERIENCE COUNTS: The Lions return 10 players this season. Senior April Bisharat was named All-WCC second team in singles with a 9-6 record in doubles last season, including a win over #45 Pepperdine. Sophomore Tory Parravi had a great freshman season as she was also named to the All-WCC second team with five conference victories including a fantastic win at the number-one position against #34 Saint Mary’s.

Senior Adriana Radnovic returns after missing last season. Juniors Claudia Razzeto, Reka Rohnoyi, and Miya Jin bring valuable experience in singles and doubles to the Lions. Razzeto received an honorable mention in doubles on the All-WCC team. Sophomores Logan Finnell, Ana Lucia Fuentes, Lisa Piller, and Madison Wesseln provide the squad with depth. The only newcomer this season is freshman Kristine Kouyoumjian, a transfer from Cal Poly and four-year letterwinner at West High School in Torrance, Calif.

HALL OF FAME COACHING: LMU head coach Jamie Sanchez enters his 38th year as Director of LMU Tennis. An alum, Sanchez, has served as head coach since the inception of the program and is a member of the LMU Athletics Hall of Fame. In his playing career, Sanchez was a four-year letterwinner in men’s tennis and a member of LMU’s 1969 national champion football team. Sanchez is a three-time WCC Coach of the Year, and led the Lions to win the 2002 WCC title.

Assistant coach Ivan Lopez is in his third season with LMU women’s tennis, and his second as an assistant coach after serving one year as a volunteer assistant. An alumni of LMU, Lopez had an impressive collegiate career. A 2010 graduate, Lopez recorded a 56-42 overall singles record finishing his senior season with a 16-8 record in both singles and doubles and a 6-3 singles record in conference match ups. This play earned Lopez first team All-Conference Honors in both singles and doubles.

EARLY SEASON AWARDS: LMU sophomore Tory Parravi was named West Coast Conference Women’s Singles Player of the Month in October 2012. Parravi finished the month 7-1 in singles during the month, which included a tournament victory.

The San Diego native began the month winning the top-flight singles competition at the Cal State Fullerton Intercollegiate Tournament. Parravi followed the Fullerton tournament win with a sweep at the University of Memphis Invitational. She finished the month by advancing to the round of 64 at the ITA Southwest Regional Tournament.

THE LIONS GIVE BACK: LMU women’s tennis are no strangers to comuunity outreach. This past fall, the Lions participated in the 28th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day this past Saturday, Sept. 15. The Lions helped clean up Toes Beach in Playa del Rey, Calif. along with other LMU clubs and organizations and hundreds of local community members. The team volunteered to pick up trash and debris at the event set up by the California Coastal Commission’s Public Education Program. The team is also giving back to the local community by participating in a mentoring program with students from Westport Heights Elementary, a local school in the Westchester area of Los Angeles near the Loyola Marymount campus. The team is serving as mentors to a team encompassing the diverse student body at Westport Heights. LMU’s women’s tennis team is a multi-cultural group from many countries, with players who are new to the United States. This makes the team ideal mentors for Westport Heights.

A FAMILY AFFAIR: Saturday’s matchup with Concordia with feature a few family ties. Concordia Head Coach Jonathon Sanchez is the nephew of LMU Head Coach Jamie Sanchez. and Concordia’s roster features Mona Piller, the twin sister of LMU sophomore Lisa Piller. Johnathon Sanchez is in his third season as coach of Concordia and Saturday’s matchup marks the first time he faces his uncle Jamie in a coaching competition. Mona Piller is in her first season at Concordia.

ABOUT WESTMONT: Friday’s match against LMU will be the first dual match of the season for Westmont College who compete in the NAIA. This past fall, for the first time in school history, both Westmont men’s and women’s tennis were represented at the USTA/ITA Small College National Championships held in Mobile, Alabama. Nicci Yvanovich and Tara Yekrang also claimed the regional doubles championship to earn their spot in the national event. Last season, the Warriors went 7-11 overall with a 6-10 record in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC).

ABOUT CONCORDIA: Saturday’s contest with the Lions will also be the season opener for fellow GSAC member Concordia. The Eagles went 15-8 in 2012 (10-6 in the GSAC), advancing to the NAIA National Championship quarterfinals before falling to Auburn University-Montgomery.





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