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Lions Advance to Round of 16 at ITA Regionals

Oct. 20, 2006

Malibu, Calif. - Senior Reyniere Roxas and a pair of Lions' doubles teams advanced to the round of 16 at the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Western Region (South) Men's Regional Championships, hosted by Pepperdine this week. As play continues, it's an impressive showing for the young Lions, who are competing in one of the nation's top regions.

The ITA Regionals began Wednesday at Pepperdine and featured teams from throughout the West including USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, San Diego State, San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, and the host Waves.

The freshman team of Nick Perez and Renzo Maggi advanced to the round of 16 in doubles with an 8-6 win over UC Irvine's Bertolina/Taylor.

The senior team of Nico Terrien and Matt Phillips also advanced to the round of 16 by defeating UC Santa Barbara's Finkelstein/Barton 8-3.

In singles play, Roxas pulled off a big upset, defeating the tournament's No.8-seed Gary Sacks of USC in a two-and-a-half hour battle 7-6,2-6,7-5. Roxas followed his upset win with a hard-fought6-3,7-5 victory over UC Riverside's Mark Contreras. Roxas will now compete in the round of 16 against sixth-seeded Hathem Abid of UCLA.

Terrien also enjoyed success, defeating UC Riverside's Joe Cartledge in the first round 6-3,7-6. In his second match, Terrien led Pepperdine's Richard Johnson 5-2 in the first set, but injured his ankle and was forced to retire. As a result, Terrien and Phillips will be forced to default their round of 16 doubles match as well.

Phillips fell in the first round 6-3,6-3 to fifth-seeded Mathieu Dehaine of UCLA, but rebounded in the afternoon for a straight-sets victory over Arizona State's Jack Marsh. Phillips continues with back draw singles Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m.

Perez also showed promise, defeating Pepperdine's Oliver Hyams 1-6, 6-4, 11-9. Perez fell in the second round to USC's Jarryd Cooper 6-2,6-4.

"We have had good results from certain individuals," LMU Head Coach Nik DeVore said. "There were a few disappointing performances, but to have a singles player and two doubles teams in the round of 16 in this tournament is not easy. It's certainly a big test for our young team."

Play continues Saturday in Malibu, Calif.