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Defending National Champ Tops LMU

Jan. 31, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - Loyola Marymount men's tennis fell 7-0 at the hands of the defending national champion Pepperdine Wednesday in Malibu, Calif. The ninth-ranked Waves improved to 2-1, while Lions, who have faced four straight nationally-ranked teams, fell to 1-4.

Wednesday's match against Pepperdine marked the first of three straight West Coast Conference opponents for the Lions.

"We fought hard, but Pepperdine proved to be too tough," LMU Head Coach Nik DeVore said.

LMU made a push for the doubles point, especially at No. 1, where Nico Terrien and Jacek Twarowski pushed the ninth-ranked Waves to a tiebreaker.

"The doubles point was very close and could have gone either way," DeVore said. "Nico and Jacek continued to play great doubles at No. 1 for us, but ended up falling 9-8 (7-4) in the tiebreaker."

At No. 2 doubles, senior Matt Phillips and freshman Nick Perez were down two breaks early, but fought back to get to 6-7. They had break point for 7-7 before Pepperdine was able to close out the match 8-6.

In singles play, Terrien fell 6-3, 6-3 to 33rd-ranked Andre Begemann at No. 1.

Sam Tadevosian had perhaps the Lions' best opportunity in singles play when he was up 6-5 in the first set and served for the set. Tadevosian had set point, but was unable to close out the set, eventually falling 7-6, 6-2 to Omar Altman of Pepperdine at No. 5.

At No. 3 and No. 4, the matches were decided by just one break of serve in each set. Twarowski fell 6-4, 6-3 to James Lemke at No. 4, while Reyniere Roxas fell 6-3, 6-4 to Bassam Beidas at No. 4.

"We competed well today, but just couldn't convert the big points," DeVore said."Pepperdine was extremely focused and determined today and look to be contenders once again for the national title. This is the fourth consecutive match against a top national team. Hopefully, we gained some valuable experience that will help us down the road."

Next up for the Lions is a tough road trip to Northern California February 9-11, where they will face two more West Coast Conference foes in San Francisco and 58th-ranked Saint Mary's.


#9 Pepperdine 7, Loyola Marymount 0

1. #33 Andre Begemann (PEP) def. Nico Terrien (LMU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Richard Johnson (PEP) def. Nikola Petrov (LMU) 6-4, 6-1
3. James Lemke (PEP) def. Jacek Twarowski (LMU) 6-4, 6-3
?4. Bassam Beidas (PEP) def. Reyniere Roxas (LMU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Omar Altmann (PEP) def. Sam Tadevosian (LMU) 7-6, 6-2
6. Mahmoud Kamel (PEP) def. Renzo Maggi (LMU) 6-1, 6-1
1. Omar Altmann/Richard Johnson (PEP) def. Nico Terrien/Jacek Twarowski(LMU) 9-8
2. Andre Begemann/Mahmoud Kamel (PEP) def. Matt Phillips/Nick Perez (LMU)8-6
3. Bassam Beidas/James Lemke (PEP) def. Renzo Maggi/Sam Tadevosian (LMU)8-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,1,4,2,5,3)