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Lions Push #45 Fresno State in Tough Road Test

Jan. 27, 2007

Fresno, Calif. - Loyola Marymount pushed 45th-ranked Fresno State in a tough road match-up, but fell just short in the 5-2 match. The dual, which LMU led 1-0 after winning the doubles point, was the Lions first test out of the Los Angeles area this season.

"We had an incredible come from behind doubles point," LMU Head Coach Nik DeVore said."Nico Terrien and Jacek Twarowski were down a break most of the match at No.1, but?clawed their way back for a hard-fought 9-7 victory over Fresno State's Cech and Zapletal."

At No. 3 doubles, the freshman combo of Renzo Maggi and Nikola Petrov came from a break down to send the match into a tiebreaker. After falling behind 6-2 and saving four match points, they found a way to close out the tiebreaker 8-6 to secure the doubles point and give LMU an early 1-0 lead. In singles play, LMU fell behind early, losing the first set at the one through five spots. Only Maggi was able to secure the first set at No. 6 singles. The Lions went down 2-1 after Twarowski fell at No. 3 6-1, 6-3 and Reyniere Roxas fell 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4.

Maggi tied the match 2-2 after closing out his match 6-3, 7-6 over Greg Jackson at No. 6. The Bulldogs regained the lead 3-2 when Sam Tadevosian went down 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5.

Things didn't look good for the Lions with both Terrien and and Nikola Petrov losing their first sets 6-2 and 6-1 at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. But both fought back hard with Terrien winning the second set 6-1 over 28th-ranked Jakub Cech and Petrov winning 4-6 in the second set at No. 2. Petrov fell 6-1 in the third, giving the Bulldogs the final point they needed to secure the match. Terrien also fought hard, saving five match points in the third set before falling 7-5 in a third set tiebreaker.

"It's disappointing not coming away with the win today," DeVore said. "We had Fresno State on the ropes, but just couldn't get over that hump. Hopefully the guys will now realize that they can compete with anybody, and the next time they are in this type of situation, they will close out the match. This was a really good test for our young team, coming to a hostile environment like Fresno State is no easy task. This team is not used to losing home matches. I was particularly impressed with our doubles play at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots, and with the singles play of Renzo Maggi. Renzo has a very versatile game and a lot of talent. Hopefully this will really boost his confidence for future matches."Next up for the Lions is 61st-ranked Nebraska in Fresno, Calif. Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

-GO LIONS-

NCAA Men's Tennis

Fresno, Calif.
Wathen Tennis Center

No. 45 Fresno State def. Loyola Marymount, 5-2

Doubles (LMU wins doubles point)
1) Terrien/Twarowski (LMU) def. Cech/Zapletal (FS), 9-7
2) Irie/Siwy (FS) def. Phillips/Tadevosian (LMU), 8-5
?3) Maggi/Petrov (LMU) def. Irie/Jackson (FS), 9-8 (6)
Order of completion: 2, 1, 3

Singles
1) No. 26 Jakub Cech (FS) def. Nico Terrien (LMU), 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (5)
2) Mirko Zapletal (FS) def. Nikola Petrov (LMU), 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
3) Rudolf Siwy (FS) def. Jacek Twarowski (LMU), 6-1, 6-3
4) Charles Irie (FS) def.. Reyniere Roxas (LMU), 6-1, 6-1
5) Tejesvi Veerepalli (FS) def. Sam Tadevosian (LMU), 6-3, 6-3
6) Renzo Maggi (LMU) def. Greg Jackson (FS), 6-3, 7-6
Order of completion: 4, 5, 3, 6, 2, 1
Records: Fresno State (2-0); Loyola Marymount (1-2)