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LMU Closes out Fall Season at Cal Poly Invitational

Nov. 13, 2007

Loyola Marymount men's tennis competed at the Cal Poly Invitational in San Luis Obispo, CA this past weekend. LMU faced Cal Poly Friday, UC Santa Barbara Saturday and Sacramento State Sunday. The Invitational was the last tournament of the fall season for the Lions who begin their regular season in January.

Highlights of the tournament for the Lions include the continuous solid play of freshman Ivan Lopez who swept his singles in the number three spot, winning all three matches in the tournament. The doubles duo of senior Jacek Twarowski and freshman Johan Berhof also swept all three matches of the weekend in the number two spot.

In day one of the Cal Poly Invitational, the Lions faced off against the host Mustangs, defeating them 4-3. In singles play, senior Twarowski defeated Andy Gerst (7-6, 4-6, 6-3), senior Sam Tadevosian took the victory over Alexander Sonesson (6-7, 7-6, 6-3) and Lopez defeated Darryn Young in a two set match, 7-6, 7-6.

In other singles play, freshman Stefan Nikolic fell to Blake Wardman (3-6, 0-6) while teammates sophomore Renzo Maggi and Berhof were both defeated, Maggi to Drew Jacobs (3-6, 0-6) and Berhof to Rob Foy in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6.

In the doubles play, the Maggi and Tadevosian duo defeated the Mustang's Young and Foy, 8-5, while Nikolic and his partner sophomore Nick Von Der Ahe lost the match to Wardman and Jacobs, 2-8. The combined solid play of Twarowski and Berhof allowed the Lions to clinch an 8-5 win over their opponents, Gerst and Sonesson. The duo would eventually sweep all their matches in doubles play in the tournament.

On the second day of the Invitational, LMU competed against UC Santa Barbara, who stole the victory from the Lions, 5-2. Lopez once again won his singles match, this time against the Gaucho's Max Taylor (6-1, 6-1). Nikolic also gained a victory in his match against Nigel Barton, 6-1, 6-2.

Finishing off singles play for the day, Twarowski lost to Philip Therp (7-6, 5-7, 2-6), Tadevosian was defeated by Jack Hui (3-6, 2-6), Maggi fell to Eric Lee (4-6, 2-6) and the Gaucho's Maher Zeidan took the match from Berhof, 2-6, 4-6.

The doubles matches once again saw a victorious Twarowski and Berhof who defeated the Santa Barbara duo of Barton and Hui in a close match, 8-6. Maggi and Tadevosian fell to Therp and Hejazi, 7-9, as did Lopez and Von Der Ahe who lost their match, 3-8, to Taylor and Goggin.

Sunday, the final day of the tournament, saw LMU once again on top of their game as they beat Sacramento State 4-3. Lopez defeated Sven-David Ruett (6-1, 6-4) to sweep in all three singles matches for the weekend. Nikolic took the victory from Tim Lantin (6-2, 6-4), as did Berhof who beat Ronan Conian, 6-1, 6-2.

In more singles action, Tadevosian lost to Antan Stryahas (3-6, 2-6) and Maggi fell to the Hornet's Holden Ching (2-6, 5-7).

The doubles side saw the third consecutive victory for the duo of Twarowski and Berhof. With the match tied at 3-3 the pair turned up the heat to put the match out of reach for the Hornets, defeating Ruett and Ching, 8-4. Lopez and Von Der Ahe brought in an easy win against Lantin and Conlon, 8-2, but the Twarowski and Berhof pair could not close the match, losing 8-4 to Stryhas and Harbatsiuk.

LMU's next match will kick-off the Lions' spring season on January 25th against BYU at the LMU Tennis Center.