Women's Tennis Returns Home to Host Nevada
After back-to-back weekends on the road, LMU returns home, where it is undefeated, for a battle with Nevada.
Feb. 26, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- After two weekends of unsuccessful trips to Santa Barbara and San Diego, the Lions return home looking to continue its undefeated form at the LMU Tennis Center as LMU hosts Nevada this Thursday.
The Wolf Pack (1-3) earned the victory in the final match of their road trip by defeating the Lady Grizz (2-4). The Wolf Pack was only able to manage one doubles victory, but swept all six singles matches, led by Michelle Okhremchuk. On court one, she rolled past Heather Davidson 6-3, 6-1. Court two saw Emma Verberne pick up her third singles victory of the weekend when she cruised to victory in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 over Haley Driver.
"We started slow in doubles today, but singles played extremely well," head coach Guillaume Tonelli said. "It feels great to get in the win column and hopefully we can keep up our momentum."
HALL OF FAME WORTHY
Recently, the West Coast Conference announced that LMU two-sport athlete Edit Pakay will be induced in the conference's Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 9. Pakay's stellar play guided the Lions to a victory over Pepperdine to win the 2002 WCC Women's Tennis Championships, the first in program history. She finished her illustrious career in 2003 with her second first-team All-WCC selection in singles and another honorable mention selection on the doubles side.
EARLY SEASON ACCOLADES
In addition, senior April Bisharat is currently ranked No. 19 in the Southwest region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Bisharat went 8-2 in singles in the 2012 fall schedule, following an All-WCC second team honor from last spring leading to her current ranking.
THE LIONS GIVE BACK
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.
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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
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.
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