Women's Tennis

Six Earn Academic All-WCC Honors

Penka Fileva was one of six WCC Academic All-Conference selections.
Penka Fileva was one of six WCC Academic All-Conference selections.

May 29, 2003

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Los Angeles, CA (May 29) - Six student-athletes from Loyola Marymount University were named by the West Coast Conference to the 2003 Spring All-Academic Team, as announced by the WCC on Wednesday.

Junior Mike Farrell (men's golf), senior Jakko Asuja (men's tennis), sophomore Tigran Martirosyan (men's tennis), senior Penka Fileva (women's tennis), sophomore Caitlin McClain (women's rowing) and junior Angela Tanner (women's rowing) were chosen to their sports respective WCC All-Academic team. At the completion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each of the participating sponsored sports.

To be considered, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and have sophomore athletic and academic standing.

As one of the leaders of the men's golf team, Farrell finished the season with an average round of 76.08, just a little more than four-over par. Farrell set a career low on the season when he finish the three-round Cal State San Marcos Invitational with a seven-under par 209. He hit a 68 in both the second and third round to win his first tournament. A double major, Farrell has a 3.32 GPA while pursuing both a biology and a psychology degree.

Martiroysan and Asuja provided a one-two punch for the Lions in 2003. Martiroysan led the Lions with a singles record of 31-10 to earn first-team All-Conference honors. Asuja finished the season with a record of 21-14 and a doubles record of 20-16 to earn honorable mention All-WCC honors. Martiroysan is an economics major with a 3.49 GPA and Asuja finished his career with a 3.67 GPA and a degree in business.

Fileva finished her four-year career as one of the most successful women's tennis players in LMU history. The finance major finishes her LMU career with a 3.28 GPA and a career singles record of 85-57, the second-most career wins in LMU history, one shy of Julie Oshiro's record of 86. This past season she earned first-team All-Conference honors as both a singles and a doubles player and earned LMU Co-Female Athlete of the Year at the end of the 2002-03 school year.

The women's rowing team had a successful 2003 campaign, winning the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) championship and taking second in the grand final of the San Diego Crew Classic. Leading the way for the varsity eight team was McClain and Tanner. McClain was a first-team All-WIRA selection and a third-team Verizon Academic All-District VIII selection while rowing in every event in 2003.

McClain is a double major in urban studies and political science with a 3.96 GPA. Tanner is communications major with a 3.85 GPA.





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