Women's Tennis Hosts Ranked WCC Opponents This Week
Lions begin the week hosting No. 34 Saint Mary's and conclude Easter break against No. 71 San Diego.
April 3, 2012
The LMU women's tennis team will host matches against No. 34 Saint Mary's Gaels on April 4 at 1:30 p.m. and University of San Diego Toreros on April 7 at 1:30 p.m.
The Lions improved to 2-1 in the WCC with a win over Santa Clara. LMU (5-11, 2-1 WCC) came back after dropping a 3-1, winning the final singles match for a 4-3 victory over the Broncos (8-7, 2-2 WCC). The match was rescheduled to Sunday because of rain in the area on Saturday.
The Lions struggled in the doubles round losing two of the three matches. "We have worked on improving in doubles and we will continue to work hard," said head coach Jamie Sanchez. He commented, "Although we were not very good today, we will continue to improve." The only victory for the Lions in doubles was at court three, where April Bisharat and Claudia Razzeto gained an 8-5 victory.
LMU began the singles competition with a quick win to tie the match at 1-1. Tory Parravi got a 6-1, 6-1 win for the Lions' second point. Claudia Razzeto won LMU's third point with a singles win. Then the Lions dropped the next two singles contests. With the match tied at 3-3, LMU's chances at winning the match came down to senior Ashley Anderson who dropped the second set of her match just when the overall match tied. Anderson rallied to win the third set giving the Lions a well-earned 4-3 victory over a team predicted to finish ahead of them in the WCC preseason coaches' poll.
This week's spotlight is on Tory Parravi, a Freshman communications major from San Diego, California. In the last ten singles competitions Parravi has a record of 7-3. In Northern California this past weekend, Parravi won both of her singles matches against University of San Francisco (6-3, 6-1) and Santa Clara (6-1, 6-1). In doubles Parravi's highlight was a six-match winning streak with partner Ashley Anderson. Tory Parravi can always depend on her dedicated mother, Susan Parravi, to be cheering for her and the LMU Lions at each match.
ABOUT SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE
The Saint Mary's women's tennis team was on the ropes on Friday in Provo but showed some resilience in a 4-3 comeback win over West Coast Conference opponent BYU. The Cougars were up 3-1 and had won the first set on the remaining three courts but the Gaels stormed back to earn the crucial WCC win.
Saint Mary's improves to 11-5 and a perfect 4-0 in conference play. The Gaels will continue play in Southern California after playing LMU by heading to Malibu on April to take on Pepperdine.
ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
In latest event, the University of San Diego women's tennis team swept the Gonzaga Bulldogs 7-0 on Sunday March 25 from the Hogan Tennis Center. The Toreros didn't lose a match and only dropped one set on the day.
The Toreros have an overall season record of 6-7, and are 3-0 in WCC. The Toreros will travel to Pepperdine on Friday, April 6 for a 1:30 pm first serve before traveling to LMU Tennis Center to face the Lions.
HEAD COACH Jamie Sanchez
Jamie Sanchez is a member of the LMU Hall of Fame. In his career, Sanchez was a four-year letterwinner in men's tennis and a member of the LMU Hall of Fame 1969 National Champion football team. Sanchez started the LMU women's tennis program and has served as the head coach since inception. He is a three-time WCC Coach of the Year.
UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC
The West Coast Conference announced today that the University of the Pacific has formally accepted an invitation to join the WCC on July 1, 2013, for the 2013-14 academic year. Pacific was one of five founding members of the WCC (then the California Basketball Association) in 1952-53 and remained in the Conference until 1971.
WCC PRESEASON POLL
The Pepperdine's women's tennis team was picked to finish first in the 2012 West Coast Conference preseason poll, as voted on by the conference coaches. The Waves won the WCC Championships last season. Pepperdine tallied 59 points and four first place votes from the coaches around the conference.
The women's preseason all conference team was distributed among four teams. Pepperdine claimed two on the list in sophomore Ale Granillo and junior Arianna Colffer. Saint Mary's also had two players on the list in junior Catherine Isip and sophomore Jenny Jullien. The remaining two spots went to San Diego's Stephanie Hoffpauir and Santa Clara's Katie Le, both of whom were 2011 All-WCC Second Team honorees.