Lions Enter ITA Rankings at No. 63
For the second straight year, head coach Jamie Sanchez has the LMU women's tennis team in the ITA National Rankings.
Feb. 25, 2014
Los Angeles, Calif. - For the second straight year, head coach Jamie Sanchez has the LMU women's tennis team in the ITA National Rankings. Tuesday's latest rankings have the Lions at No. 63 after their 5-5 start to the season that included a win over then No. 44 UC Irvine last week.
In 2013, the Lions entered the national rankings on March 5 at No. 72. That occasion marked the first time for LMU women's tennis since 2007. Last season, a 4-3 home win over then No. 39 Long Beach St. propelled the team into the rankings. In a similar fashion this year, the Lions upset No. 44 UCI at home in a 4-3 victory last week. This win over a ranked-opponent is the stand-out match on the Lions' resume.
Sitting at 5-5, LMU has played a very strong schedule to this point. Three of those setbacks came against ranked teams, and after starting out slow, the Lions turned things around quickly when they went on a four-match winning streak through the middle of February.
Standing out for LMU in singles so far this season has been sophomore Kristine Kouyoumjian. After dominating on the bottom courts as a freshman, the Torrance, California native has worked her way up to the top court, where she has already won three matches over opposing teams' top players. Overall, she has a 6-3 record at singles in 2014.
In doubles play, it has been the teamwork of freshman Jessica Perez and senior Miya Jin that has stood out. This duo has played nine of the team's ten matches on Court 1, and they have been performing. Now at 7-2 as a pair, the freshman/senior combination has been close to a sure thing in doubles.
With only three non-conference games remaining on their schedule, the team is getting ready for WCC play to start. The conference is usually strong from top to bottom, making the WCC schedule a grind. This year is no exception, as the February 25 ITA rankings include six teams from the WCC in the Top-75. Of the six, LMU is only behind Pepperdine and Saint Mary's.
The Lions travel to Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend for two matches. The first will be this Friday against UNLV at 10:00a.m.