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Lions Fall in Two Heartbreakers at WCC Championship

April 21, 2007

SAN DIEGO - Seventh-seeded Loyola Marymount (8-15) dropped two thrillers today at the 2007 West Coast Conference Championship hosted by the University of San Diego. The Lions dropped the first round match to second-seed Santa Clara 4-1, before falling in another nail-biter to sixth-seeded San Francisco 4-2. LMU will wrap-up the season with eighth-seeded Gonzaga Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.

FIRST ROUND: #2 SANTA CLARA 4, #7 LMU 1
Despite the 4-1 final score, the Lions were just points away from evening the match at 3-3 and forcing doubles play against the 64th-ranked Broncos. The match, which began Friday with singles play, was continued Saturday morning after rain had halted play.

Senior Nico Terrien earned a singles win for the Lions at No. 1, defeating Jan Macek 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Jacek Twarowski was up 7-6, 5-3 and was just two points from the match at No. 3 singles, but did not finish before Santa Clara sealed the 4-1 win.

Freshman Nikola Petrov was down 5-2 in the third set, but came back toeven the match at 5-5 at No. 5 singles. Petrov ended up falling 7-5 in the third to giveSanta Clara the win.

Sam Tadevosian lost 6-3, 6-4 at No.2, and Reyniere Roxas lost 6-2, 6-2 at No. 6 toround things out for the Lions.

"It was very disappointing to be so close, but not be able to come through this one since Santa Clara is ranked 64th nationally and is the No.2 seed in the championship," LMU Head Coach Nik DeVore said.

SECOND ROUND: #6 SAN FRANCISCO 4, #7 LMU 2
After falling in the morning heartbreaker, the Lions had to take the court right away again against San Francisco.

LMU won the doubles 8-3 at No. 2 and 8-5 at No. 3 to earn an early 1-0 lead.

San Francisco battled back to go up 2-1 when LMU's Nico Terrien fell 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 and Matt Phillips lost 6-1, 6-4 at No. 4.

"We were able to storm back though to tighten up the match," DeVore said.

Sam Tadevosian won 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 2, while freshman Nick Perezand Jacek Twarowski were battling their opponents in third sets at No.6 and No.3.

Nikola Petrov came back from being down 5-2 in the second set to force a tiebreaker as well.

Unfortunately, Perez fell 6-4,6-7,6-1 and Petrov lost 6-3, 7-6 to giveUSF the 4-2 win.

"Again, it was disappointing, but the guys fought hard," DeVore said. "We just couldn't get things going at a few positions,which really left the match up to just three guys."

LMU will conclude the 2007 season Sunday morning with a 9:00 a.m. match against Gonzaga.

-GO LIONS-

IN ORDER OF FINISH

No. 2 Santa Clara 4, No. 7 Loyola Marymount 1
#4 Robert Gallman (SCU) def. Matt Phillips (LMU) 6-3, 6-1
#2 Brian Brogan (SCU) def. Sam Tadevosian (LMU) 6-2, 6-4
#1 Nico Terrien (LMU) def. Jan Macek (SCU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
#6 Tommy Hicks (SCU) def. Reyniere Roxas (LMU) 6-2, 6-1
#5 Blane Shields (SCU) def. Nikola Petrov (LMU) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
#3 Jay Wong (SCU) vs. Jacek Twarowski (LMU) Did Not Finish

No. 6 San Francisco 4, No. 7 Loyola Marymount 2
Doubles:
#1 - Berry/Huettenberger (USF) def. Tadevosian/Twarowski (LMU) 8-4
#2 - Phillips/Perez (LMU) def. Hart/Nachbauer (USF) 8-5
#3 - Maggi/Terrien (LMU) def. Cohen/Tu (USF) 8-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

Singles:
#1 - Matt Berry (USF) def. Nico Terrien (LMU) 6-2, 6-2
#2 - Sam Tadevosian (LMU) def. Falko Huettenberger (USF) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
#3 - Jacek Twarowski (LMU) vs. Thong Tu (USF) - Did Not Finish
#4 - Rainer Nachbauer (USF) def. Matt Phillips (LMU) 6-0, 6-4
#5 - Asaf Cohen (USF) def. Nikola Petrov (LMU) 6-2, 7-6
#6 - Mitch Del Rosario (USF) def. Nick Perez (LMU) 6-4, 6-7, 6-1
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 2, 5, 6

Sunday Schedule (all at USD)

Consolation Final (5th Place)
No. 4 Portland vs. No. 6 San Francisco - 9:00 am

Classification Final (7th Place)
No. 7 Loyola Marymount vs. No. 8 Gonzaga - 9:00 am

Third Place
No. 2 Santa Clara vs. No. 5 Saint Mary's - 12:30 pm

Championship Final
No. 1 Pepperdine vs. No. 3 San Diego