April 2, 2013
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The Lions will wrap up a seven-match home stand this weekend when they host the University of Portland and Gonzaga University.
Entering conference play last week, LMU was riding a four-match win streak and held an impressive 6-1 record and home. But the Lions would be reminded how strong the WCC is from top to bottom as LMU hit a bump with two unexpected setbacks to Santa Clara and San Francisco.
The Lions now hold an even 7-7 record for the season and are 0-2 in conference play. LMU will be looking to get back above the .500 mark for the overall record, as well as earn their first WCC victory this weekend.
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. In the succeeding weeks, the Lions have moved in and out of, and up and down in the rankings, ending up at No. 73 this week.
The Portland Pilots will enter Friday’s match with LMU at 8-9 overall. The team has done well at home with a 5-3 record but has struggled outside the Rose City with a 2-5 away record. Seven of the Pilots’ eight wins have come against opponents from the Northwest.
Portland is 1-3 in conference play, with a win over Gonzaga and losses to Saint Mary’s, San Diego and BYU. The Pilots are also 0-3 against nationally ranked opponents, falling to Washington, Washington St., and Saint Mary’s.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are currently 9-5 on the year but 0-3 in conference play. However, they have two more matches before Saturday’s contest with LMU. The Bulldogs have also played well in the Northwest, but also went 3-0 on a Spring Break Trip to Orlando.
The Bulldogs have struggled in WCC play, losing to Saint Mary’s, Portland, and San Diego. But after a slow start, Gonzaga has been hot of late, winning seven of their past nine matches.
AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Kristine Kouyoumjian is making her presence known in her first year with LMU tennis. The Torrance, California native currently holds a nine-match winning streak for singles play, including a perfect 6-0 record for the month of March. She has been a sure thing on Courts 4 and 5, winning nearly all of her matches in straight sets.
Kouyoumjian started her collegiate experience at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, but did not play tennis. She spent the year training before transferring to LMU to make a comeback into the sport. And the Lions are thankful she did, as the sophomore student and freshman athlete has made an immediate impact with the Lions this season.
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 included a tournament victory.
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
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.
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.