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Hot Finish as Lions Prep for WCCs

April 17, 2006

Los Angeles, Calif. - With a 4-3 win over UC Riverside Monday, the Lions closed their 2006 regular season. After a 1-6 start, Loyola Marymount went 12-5 the rest of the way to finish 13-11 overall.

"This was an important win for us today," LMU Head Coach Nik DeVore said. "We needed some momentum going into the West Coast Conference Tournament this weekend. I knew that this would be a tough match for us. UC Riverside is better than they have ever been and had several wins against teams we lost to this season. I expected a battle and we got just that."

LMU started the victory by winning the doubles point, after solid wins at the No.2 and No.3 spots.

"I was particularly happy with Carlos Malet and Matt Phillips today," DeVore said. "They were in total control from start to finish."

Nico Terrien and Mike Chan won in similarfashion at No.3.

In singles, Terrien and Mike Wojnarowicz put up wins at No.1 and No.2.

"Nico and Mike took care of business today," DeVore said, "which isalways nice to see from the top two guys."

UCR fought back for wins at No.5 and No.6 to keep the Highlanders in the race.

Reyniere Roxas clinched the LMU win with a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 3.

"Fortunately for us, Reyniere came through again, this time in a much more timely straight set match to secure the win," DeVore said.

The victory marked the final home contest for seniors Wojnarowicz, Malet, Chan, and Linas Cicenas. "This was a good way to finish things off for those guys. They have meant a lot to ourprogram over the past years."

Next up for the Lions is the West Coast Conference Tournament hosted by Saint Mary's April 20-23.

-GO LIONS-

LMU 4, UC Riverside 3

#1 Singles Nico Terrien (LMU) def. Mark Contreras (UCR) 6-2,6-1
#2 Singles Michael Wojnarowicz (LMU) def. Norman Tam (UCR) 6-3,6-0
#3 Singles Reyniere Roxas (LMU) def. Joe Cartledge (UCR) 6-3,6-4
#4 Singles Bobby Tam (UCR) def. Linas Cicenas (LMU) 6-3,7-5
#5 Singles Justin Montgomery (UCR) def. Matt Phillips (LMU) 6-2,6-3
#6 Singles Christian Frick (UCR) def. Mike Chan (LMU) 6-4,6-2

#1 Doubles Mark Contreras/Joe Cartledge (UCR) def. Mike Wojnarowicz/Linas Cicenas (LMU) 8-3
#2 Doubles Carlos Malet/Matt Phillips (LMU) Norman Tam/Christian Frick (UCR) 8-4
#3 Doubles Michael Chan/Nico Terrien (LMU) def. Justin Montgomery/Bobby Tam (UCR) 8-3