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Lions Close Ivy League Tour with Tough Loss at Columbia

March 7, 2007

NEW YORK - Playing its third match in four days, Loyola Marymount men's tennis dropped a tough 7-0 decision at Columbia (6-1) Wednesday. The match was the third and final stop on the Lions' (3-10) Spring Break Ivy League road swing.

With temperatures around 25 degrees cooler than normal in New York City, the Lions had to play on unfamiliar indoor courts for the third straight match. Wednesday's match was at Columbia's Dick Savitt Tennis Center.

Columbia took an early 1-0 lead after sweeping the doubles point.

Where the Lions struggled in doubles, they stepped it up in singles play, sending two matches to three sets and a third to a pair of tiebreakers.

LMU won the first set in each of the six singles matches. Sam Tadevosian (No. 3) and Matt Phillips (No. 5) kept it up to win their second sets.

But then Columbia turned it on, fighting back en route to the sweep of the Lions. Nikola Petrov (No. 2) was the first Lion to fall in singles, giving Columbia a 2-0 lead.

Other Columbia players followed with wins, as Jacek Twaroski fell 6-4, 6-0 at No. 4 and Phillips fell 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (10-4) at No. 5.

Renzo Maggi, at No. 6 singles, fell 6-1, 7-5. Then Tadevosian went down in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

The last match to be decided was No. 1 singles, where Nico Terrien battled Columbia's Mark Clemente. The Loyola Marymount senior forced Clemente to a tiebreaker in each set, but Clemente captured both by 7-6 scores.

The Lions return home to host Gonzaga next week in a West Coast Conference match-up.

COLUMBIA 7, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 0
Wednesday, March 8, 2007
Dick Savitt Tennis Center, New York, N.Y.
Doubles
1. Marty Moore-Paul Ratchford def. Nick Perez-Matt Phillips (LMU), 8-6
2. Jared Drucker-Justin Chow def. Nico Terrien-Jacek Twarowski (LMU), 8-4
3. Mark Clemente-Jonathan Wong def. Sam Tadevosian-Renzo Maggi (LMU), 8-5
Singles
1. Clemente def. Terrien (LMU), 7-6, 7-6
2. Drucker def. Nikola Petrov (LMU), 6-0, 7-5
3. Moore def. Tadevosian (LMU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
4. Wong def. Twarowski (LMU), 6-4, 6-0
5. Chow def. Phillips (LMU), 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (10-4)
6. Mike Accordino def. Maggi (LMU), 6-1, 7-5.