July 9, 2002
Los Angeles, CA (July 9, 2002) -- With the best season in program history, the Loyola Marymount University women's tennis team continues to reap the benefits of their first West Coast Conference championship. The Lions finished the season ranked 59th by the ITA's Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, which ranks the nation's top-75 programs.
The Lions finished the season 14-11 and a program best 7-1, including a 4-2 win over Pepperdine in the title match of the WCC Championships to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. In the tournament, LMU fell to No. 24 Washington 4-0.
In addition to the national ranking, the Lions finished the season ranked No. 9 in the West Region.
"We had a great season and the loss in the NCAA tournament wasn't a big disappointment," said Head Coach Jaime Sanchez, who earned WCC Coach of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. "It was quite a team accomplishment, not only getting to the NCAAs, but getting there by way of a conference championship. Our program has continued to reach new heights over the last four years and I think we have now established a tradition of excellence that we can strive for in years to come."
Helping the Lions was junior Edit Pakay, who also earned a national ranking following the season. With a final record of 17-8, Pakay earned a ranking of No. 108 according to the ITA rankings, who ranks the top-125 in the country. In the West Region, Pakay earned a ranking of No. 19.
Joining Pakay in the top-30 rankings in the West Region was senior Andrea Lord. She finished ranked 21st in the region, wrapping up her final season at 23-10. Lord also earned a ranking of 8th in the West Region in doubles competition, teaming with senior Angelina Zdorovytska. The number one doubles team for the Lions finished the season 21-10 in doubles competition and earned first-team All-WCC.
Lord and Pakay also earned first-team All-WCC honors in singles.