3 Matches Mark First Home Action of 2006

Feb. 14, 2006

Briefly...This week the LMU women's tennis team will compete in their first home action of 2006. Cal State Fullerton will travel to LMU to take on the Lions this Thursday. Then LMU will face 68-th ranked UC Irvine on Friday, February 17th at the Loyola Marymount Tennis Center. The Lions will have a day off from competition and then on Sunday, February 18th they will take on the University of Hawaii at LMU.

Three Matches in Four Days... Loyola Marymount University, Cal State Fullerton, and University of Hawaii are all looking toward this week to gain their first win. LMU will be playing three matches in four days against tough competition. All of the Lions dual matches played so far have been against ranked teams. Cal State Fullerton is the first non-ranked team that the Lions will face this year. The Lions will then jump right back into competiting against ranked teams when they take on No. 68 UC Irvine. UC Irvine is 1-3 overall and 0-0 in the Big West. Play will begin this week for the Lions on Thursday when they take on Cal State Fullerton at 1:30 P.M at the LMU Tennis Center.

Lions Push Ranked Opponents Last Week... Last week the Lions took on #52 San Diego State University on Wednesday, February 8th. The Lions played a tough match but fell 5-2 to SDSU. Pavla Mesterova went 2-0 last week in dual play. The LMU sophomore won two matches at the number one singles spot. Mesterova will hope to continue this trend this coming week. LMU senior Patrycia Hubl played a very strong game last week. Although she was not able to gain the win, she took three of her four sets to tiebreakers. Hubl also will be looking to continue playing competitively this week and contribute to LMU's success.

Schedule Strength...The Lions will face a tough schedule again in 2006, with 12 opponents currently ranked in the ITA February team rankings. After already facing UCLA (12th), SDSU (52nd), and Long Beach State (47th), LMU will take on Oregon (24th), Pepperdine (25th), Florida International (26th), UNLV (38th), Fresno State (45th), San Diego (63rd), UC Irvine (68th), UC Santa Barbara (69th), and Boston College (75th).

Women's Tennis Celebrates 30 Years at LMU... 2006 will see the Lions celebrate 30 years of women's tennis at LMU. Head Coach Jamie Sanchez, who began the women's tennis program 30 years ago for the Lions, is spearheading the commemorative year. During the annual alumnae day last weekend, a committee met to begin the planning for the celebration to be held September 22-24. Alumnae involved on the planning committee include co-chairwomen Julie Hladik Reid '02 and Amy Okum Garrity '93, Peggy Reilly '80, Lia Bunker Green '98, Amy Labetich Lane '99, and Erin Sanchez '05. Other alumnae who returned for the festivities included Michelle Rizza '80, Sue Wise '81, and Theresa Holden Ilgunas '80.





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