March 21, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- The LMU women's tennis team won its third straight match Thursday with a big 4-3 win over Princeton at home.
The Lions moved back into the ITA national rankings earlier this week, coming in at No. 75. The team would be tested right away with Thursday's matchup with No. 62 Princeton. But the Lions would prevail, improving their dominant home record to 5-1 and moving up 6-5 on the year.
In the doubles round, Princeton would cruise to secure the point early with an 8-2 win on Court 2 and an 8-3 win on Court 3. On Court 1, LMU's April Bisharat and Claudia Razzeto were in a close battle that lasted well longer than the other two matches. After trailing 5-2, the Lions duo won four straight games to lead 6-5 before reaching a 7-7 score to force a tiebreaker. The tiebreaker game was just as close and exciting as the entire match, with the Lions needing 13 points to get the 8-7 (13-11) win.
Entering the singles round down 1-0, the Lions needed to win on four of six courts to take the match. And they did just that. Playing in her first singles match since February 17 due to an injury, Tory Porravi returned to the court Thursday and got a quick 6-2, 6-2 win over her opponent on Court 4. The next match to finish was on Court 6, where Reka Rohonyi won 6-2, 7-5 for the Lions. LMU then lost on Courts 1 and 3, giving Princeton three points. Razzeto then went on to win 6-3, 6-3 on Court 2 before Kristine Kouyoumjian would clinch the team victory for the Lions on Court 5, winning in three sets by a score of 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
The Lions will play another Ivy League opponent Saturday when they take on Dartmouth at home at 1 p.m.
- GO LIONS -