April 2, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Loyola Marymount men's tennis strung together back-to-back home wins with Monday's 4-3 victory over Hawaii (4-10) at the LMU Tennis Center. Winners of three of their last four, the Lions (6-11) will use the momentum to take them into their weekend road swing in the Northwest.
"Today was another big win for us," LMU Head Coach Nik DeVore said. "Hawaii was ranked as high as 64th this year, so this was a good win for us. This is the first time we have been able to put solid back-to-back performances together."
LMU started by sweeping the doubles matches, leaving the Lions with a lot of momentum heading into singles play. Particularly impressive was the Lions' win at No. 1 doubles, where Jacek Twarowski and Sam Tadevosian topped Sascha Heinemann and Andreas Weber.
"Jacek and Sam have now defeated two very tough teams in a row at No.1 doubles in Cal Poly and Hawaii," DeVore said. "We needed them to start stepping things up, and they are now starting to deliver."
In singles, LMU got solid performances from Twarowski, Renzo Maggi, and Nick Perez. Both Twarowski and Perez closed out their matches in straight sets, which kept the match momentum in the Lions' favor.
Ultimately, the Rainbow Warriors tied the match at 3-3 and it came down to the freshman Maggi at No. 5 singles.
"I was impressed with his poise under pressure today," DeVore said. "Renzo really kept it together mentally and ended up pulling out a tough 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 match to give us the 4-3 win."
Next up for the Lions are matches against Montana State and Boise State, which will be played in Boise, Idaho April 6-7.
LMU 4, Hawaii 3
#1 Andreas Weber (UH) def. Nico Terrien (LMU) 6-2, 6-1
#2 Sascha Heinemann (UH) def. Sam Tadevosian (LMU) 6-3, 7-6
#3 Jacek Twarowski (LMU) def. Derrick Lajola (UH) 6-4, 6-3
#4 Chad Faulk (UH) def. Matt Phillips (LMU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
#5 Renzo Maggi (LMU) def. Jeff Fitch (UH) 7-5, 5-7, 6-2
#6 Nick Perez (LMU) def. Spence Mendoza (UH) 6-4, 6-3
Order of finish: 1, 6, 3, 2, 4, 5
#1 Sam Tadevosian/Jacek Twarowski (LMU) def. Sascha Heinemann/Andreas Weber (UH) 8-6
#2 Matt Phillips/Nick Perez (LMU) def. Derrick Lajola/Brett Hunter (UH) 8-5
#3 Nico Terrien/Renzo Maggi (LMU) def. Chad Faulk/Jeff Fitch (UH) 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2