Busy Week Ahead for No. 71 Lions
Now ranked No. 71, the LMU women's team will play three road matches in five days this week.
April 9, 2013
Coming off a two-win weekend, the No. 71 Lions are now 2-2 in conference play. They will play Cal State Fullerton for a mid-week non-conference match Wednesday before playing at San Diego and Saint Mary's over the weekend.
LMU has just concluded a seven-match home stand. The Lions have been playing well at the LMU Tennis Center all year. They were 5-2 during the home stand and are 8-3 at home for the year. But the Lions will now play four of their last five matches on the road before the WCC Championships in San Diego. March 10 was the last time the Lions played away from home, so the team will have to make some adjustments to close out the season on the road.
After wins over Portland and Gonzaga last weekend, the Lions are now an even 2-2 in WCC play. Overall, the team is 9-7, winning six of their last eight matches. 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. 71 this week.
ABOUT CAL STATE FULLERTON
Cal State Fullerton is currently 10-11 overall and 3-4 in the Big West. They have played most of their matches at home, where they have a 9-7 record. LMU will be the team's final non-conference match before ending their season with two Big West opponents next week.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO The San Diego Toreros are currently 9-9 overall and 4-2 in WCC play. The Toreros are an even .500 both at home and on the road. San Diego is currently at No. 53 in the ITA national rankings. Like LMU, USD has beaten Portland and Gonzaga and also has conference wins over BYU and San Francisco, while falling to Santa Clara and Saint Mary's.
ABOUT SAINT MARY'S
The Saint Mary's Gaels are currently 10-8 overall and 5-1 in conference play. They are currently in second place in the WCC and are ranked No. 42 in the nation. The team had been leading the conference all season until a recent loss to Santa Clara dropped them to second. The Gaels will play Pepperdine and LMU at home this weekend to end their season.
AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Kristine Kouyoumjian is making her presence known in her first year with LMU tennis. The Tor- rance, California native currently holds an eleven-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. In her last match, she moved up to Court 3, where she earned a double bagel 6-0, 6-0 win.
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 im- mediate impact with the Lions this season.
Shortly, there will be an online video interview available with Kouyoumjian through Lions All- Access on lmulions.com.
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 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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