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Lions Fall In Singles Action

March 11, 2006

Los Angeles, Calif. - Inclement weather held Loyola Marymount and Montana State to only singles play Saturday, but the Lions could not hold off Montana State. Montana State took the 4-2 win at the LMU Tennis Center.

MSU, who had recently ranked as high as 69th in the nation, ended the Lions' four-match winning streak.

Junior Nico Terrien earned a win at the No. 1 spot for the Lions, defeating MSU's top player in Federico Ueltichi. Ueltichi had recently ranked in the top-100 in the ITA national rankings.

"Nico played very well today," LMU Head Coach Nik DeVore said. "He's starting to find his rhythm now after missing some matches at the beginning of the season due to a sprained ankle."

Matt Phillips also earned a win for the Lions at the No. 5 spot, this one in straight sets.

"Matt played some solid tennis as well," DeVore said. "He struggled quite a bit in the first set, but fought back for a 7-6, 6-2 win."

The Lions pushed four of the six matches to three sets.

"Mike Wojnarowicz and Linas gave it their all, but ended up falling in long third set battles," DeVore said.

LMU will next host West Coast Conference opponent Gonzaga on Thursday, March 16, at the LMU Tennis Center.

-GO LIONS-

Montana State 4, LMU 2

Singles
#1 Singles Nicolas Terrien (LMU) def. Federico Ueltschi (MSU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
#2 Singles Marek Gebicki (MSU) def. Mike Wojnarowicz (LMU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
#3 Singles Kyle MacDonald (MSU) def. Reyniere Roxas (LMU) 7-5, 6-3
#4 Singles Tejeshwara Chigateri (MSU) def. Linas Cicenas (LMU) 4-6, 7-6, 6-4
#5 Singles Matt Phillips (LMU) def. Jake Berriochoa (MSU) 7-6, 6-2
#6 Singles Jakub Dybala (MSU) def. Michael Chan (LMU) 6-0, 6-7, 6-2