April 16, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- A busy week for the Lions concludes with Senior Day against BYU in a match which will celebrate LMU's Centennial. LMU, currently fourth in the WCC, will close out its WCC schedule on Friday with the Cougars after a non-conference match against Cal State Northridge.
The LMU women's tennis team will face Cal State Northridge on Tuesday, April 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the LMU Tennis Center. The team will celebrate its seniors and LMUat100 as the Lions face BYU on April 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the LMU Tennis Center in the Centennial match.
The Lions performed well in conference play over the weekend with victories against Gonzaga and Portland. In the last match on the road on Saturday, April 14 LMU (7-13, 4-3 WCC) got its fourth consecutive WCC road victory with a 5-2 win against Portland (5-14, 0-6 WCC). The Lions won on all courts in doubles and won the majority of singles contests against the Pilots.
In doubles, Ashley Anderson
and Tory Parravi
defeated Polyakova and Hoath, 7-6 (6-0). Elisaveta Pironkova
and Reka Rohonyi
beat Gorence and Fuchs, 9-7. April Bisharat
and Claudia Razzeto
also got a victory winning 8-2 over Tucker and Mahairas.
Bisharat continued her good form, coming back to defeat Polyakova 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in #1 singles. Parravi also made a dramatic comeback to beat Fuchs 0-6, 7-5, 6-1, on court two. Rohonyi beat Mahairas 6-3, 6-0. Rounding out the Lions' wins was Anderson's win over Gorence 6-1, 6-0. Pironkova fell to Hoath 6-1, 6-0, and Miya Jin lost to Tucker 7-6, 5-7, 10-3.
With the victory, the Lions finished 4-1 in WCC road matches with only one defeat to highly-ranked Pepperdine.
Loyola Marymount University is celebrating its Centennial in 2011-12 and athletics will honor the anniversary all season long. Each of LMU's NCAA Division I programs will be hosting a Centennial Game to honor LMUat100. The Centennial women's tennis match is this Friday against Brigham Young University.
This week's spotlight is on April Bisharat, a senior sociology and pre-law major from San Diego, California. Bisharat returned to the court this weekend after suffering an injury that kept her out of the Lions' prior two matches. Bisharat swept doubles match 8-1 against Gonzaga with partner Claudia Razzeto and the doubles team continued the victory streak against Portland. At #1 singles, Bisharat defeated Gonzaga Teitzel, 6-2, 6-4 and Portland player, Polyakova 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Senior April Bisharat is unbeaten in singles and doubles play since returning.
ABOUT CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
In last event on Sunday afternoon, the Cal State Northridge women's tennis team (10-8, 3-5 Big West) lost a 4-3 decision to Cal Poly in a Big West Conference match at Matador Tennis Complex. On senior day, the Matadors jumped out to an early lead in doubles, but dropped several close singles contests to lose to the Mustangs. In other news with the Matadors, Cal State Northridge senior Jennifer Sher has been named the Big West Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday. In a pair of conference road matches last week, Sher finished undefeated in both singles and doubles play.
Along with facing LMU on April 17, Northridge will play San Diego State this weekend on April 21. The Big West Championship run from April 26-29 in Indian Wells, Calif. Northridge is likely to be the sixth seed in the tournament.
BYU has taken a break before finishing the final two matches of the regular season at LMU April 20 and Pepperdine April 21. Before the Cougars took their break, the BYU women's tennis team took a 5-2 decision over the Portland Pilots Saturday, April 7 on the road. BYU has an overall record of 7-12, and is 3-3 in WCC play.
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.