Oct. 8, 2006
Irvine, Calif. - Heading into the final day of competition at the UC Irvine Pre-Regional Challenge, Loyola Marymount men's tennis has posted some impressive wins. Senior Nico Terrien and freshman Nikola Petrov both stand at 2-1 overall in singles.
Terrien is 2-1 after defeating Juan Carlos Rebaza, who played No. 1 for Arizona State, 6-3, 7-5.
Petrov also finished the first two days of competition 2-1 after topping ASU's Matt Brooklyn 6-3, 6-3. "It was nice to see Nico and Nikola play some solid singles today," LMU Head Coach Nik DeVore said.
In doubles play, senior Reyniere Roxas and freshman Nick Von Der Ahe posted an impressive come-from-behind victory over UC Irvine's Suzuki/Tsai 8-6. "Rey and Nick really putthings together about half-way through the match," DeVore said. "They were down a breakand struggling to stay with UCI, but kept a positive attitude and never gave in, eventually finding their form to break back and close outthe match."
In singles play, Perez finished 2-0, first defeating UCR's Hakop Tadevosian 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in the morning session, followed by a 6-3, 7-5 victory over UC Irvine's Doug Taylor in the afternoon session. "Nick played some of his best tennis today," DeVore said. "He had beenstruggling to find consistent form in practice, but really put it together today for a couple of quality wins."
Play continues Sunday for the Lions, who will battle Northern Arizona in the final day of competition.
"This tournament is more about improving than anything else," DeVore said. "At thisearly stage of the season, we are really looking to see how all of our guyscompete against the other teams."