No. 75 Lions Continue Home Stand with Pair of Ivy League Opponents
After back-to-back wins, LMU women's tennis will face No. 62 Princeton and Dartmouth at home this week.
March 19, 2013
After back-to-back wins, the LMU women's tennis team is now back in the ITA Top-75, ranked No. 75 in the nation. Their win over then No. 39 Long Beach St. on February 1 put the team on the radar and their recent success has put the team back into national light.
The March 5 ITA Rankings for DIvision I Women's Tennis had Loyola Marymount at No. 72. This national ranking was the first for the Lions since 2007. Since then, LMU went on the road and earned their first away win of the year with a 5-2 win over Cal Poly. While the team had previously struggled on the road, the Lions have been playing well at home with a 3-1 record at the LMU Tennis Center this year. Despite going 1-0 since earning the national ranking, the March 12 ITA Rankings dropped LMU out of the top 75. However, the Lions then came back into the rankings on March 19 at No. 75. The Lions will look to keep that ranking as they prepare to face Princeton and Dartmouth later this week.
Princeton enters Thursday's match with LMU at 8-3 and ranked No. 62 in the latest ITA rankings. LMU will be the fourth ranked opponent the Tigers have face the season. The only three losses Princeton has are to then No. 3 Duke, then No. 52 Missouri, and to Denver. The Tigers will come into the LMU Tennis Center, riding a three match win streak, including a win over then No. 75 DePaul. LMU is the only team Princeton is playing while on the West Coast before returning back east to start conference play next week.
Dartmouth is currently 6-2 with two more matches before playing LMU on Saturday. They opened their season with a loss to Boston College and just fell to Iowa on Monday. However, in between the two losses, the Big Green held a five-match win streak, winning all five but at least five points.
HALL OF FAME WORTHY
In November, LMU announced that former women's tennis player Lynn Scott has been named to the LMU Athletic Hall of Fame. Scott was the Lions' #1 singles and doubles player during her two seasons (1976-1977), leading LMU to back-to-back Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. Scott's achievements will be recognized at the 2013 LMU Hall of Fame ceremo- nies taking place on March 3. 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
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 in- cluded a tournament victory. In addition, senior April Bisharat is currently ranked No. 19 in the Southwest region by the Inter- collegiate 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
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.
The WCC released the preseason coaches' poll earlier this season, which has predicted the Lions to finish in sixth place in the conference.
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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.
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