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Lions Kick-Off Spring Season at Home on Sunday

Jan. 24, 2008

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The Loyola Marymount men's tennis team kicks-off the 2007-08 spring season on Sunday at the LMU Tennis Center. The Lions were slated to face No. 68 BYU on Saturday, but that match will be postponed to a later date due to weather conditions. Sunday, LMU will face the Univerisity of Pacific at 11:00 a.m. in their first dual match of the season.

LMU This Season
The young Lions will be counting on their five returners for leadership this season. Coming back for LMU are seniors Sam Tadevosian and Jacek Twarowski, along with sophomores, Renzo Maggi, Dmitry Popov and Nick Von Der Ahe. In addition, first-year head coach Brad Sceney also welcomes four freshmen, Aris Andreasian (Glendale, CA), Johan Berhof (Kullavik, Sweden), Ivan Lopez (Almeria, Spain) and Stefan Nikolic (Belgrade, Serbia). "Our newcomers are going to have to be ready to perform straight away and I believe they are," Sceney said. "Also our sophmores are going to have to step up a notch from last year and be ready for plenty of playing time. Our team goal is to finish in the top-4 in the conference, last year we took 7th place."The Lions will have a tough go of it early on as they face top nationally ranked programs in three of their first six matches. "We are currently unranked but we have every opportunity to achieve a national ranking with the schedule that we have," Sceney added. "We face two top-20 teams which will be a great test, and six other teams that are ranked, so the opportunities are there".The Lions were supposed to begin their season by hosting back-to-back home matches against No. 68 BYU and Pacific this weekend. Unfortunately, due to weather conditions, the Saturday match against BYU will be postponed to a later date. The Lions are still scheduled to face Pacific on Sunday at the LMU Tennis Center at 11:00 a.m.LMU then travels to No. 75 (tied with San Diego) Santa Clara before returning home on Feb. 9 to face Sacramento State. They will hit the road again for matches at 75th-ranked San Diego and UC Santa Barbara before hosting UC San Diego and WCC opponent San Fancisco at home. Over the course of the spring 2008 season, the Lions will face a total of eight teams that appear in the national rankings."We are looking to achieve a national ranking by the season's end, and all that can get off to a great start this weekend. To beat Pacific this weekend would really set the tone for the year. The guys have been back in practice for 2 weeks and just itching to get out there and get the season off to a great start."

About the University of Pacific
The Pacific men's tennis team ended their fall season at the 2007 Fall Pacific Invitational with two wins in doubles play and two wins in singles action on Nov. 2 in Stockton, CA.In singles action, David Gonzalez and Vegerd Veskimagi won their matches in the round of 16 in the B flight. Gonzalez defeated Dan Elefant of UC Davis, 6-1; 6-7(5); 7-6(7), while Veskimagi took down Einar Hart of USF 6-3; 6-4 in the first round of the tournament. Brian Van Wagner fell to Saint Mary's Jerry Ellison in flight C, 6-2; 6-0.In doubles play, Artem Gramma and Veskimagi got off to a slow start, falling to McNulty and Muesse of Sonoma State in the first round of flight A doubles action, 8-6. However, they bounced back with a 9-8(1) win over Garcia and Garcia from UC Davis in round two to finish the day. In flight D action, Gonzalez and Van Wagner defeated Saint Mary's Emerson and Welty, 8-0.The Pacific men's tennis team closed out their fall tournament as the Tigers dropped two doubles matches on Sunday, Nov. 4. Sophomore Vegerd Veskimagi and freshman Artem Gramma dropped two doubles matches in round robin play.Head Coach Guido Baumann is in his 11th year at the helm of the Tigers.Pacific returns to action this Friday as the Tigers open the spring season against Pepperdine in Malibu, CA before heading to the bluff to face the Lions on Sunday.

Head Coach Brad Sceney
Sceney comes to the bluff after serving as the Director of Tennis at The Paseo Club in Valencia, CA., and enjoying an impressive collegiate career at Pepperdine from 1995-98."We are excited to add Brad to our LMU family," LMU Athletic Director, Bill Husak said. "Brad has championship experience, both collegiately in the West Coast Conference, and professionally on the ATP Tour. We look forward to watching his leadership in action as he begins his work with our program."An All-American while at Pepperdine, Sceney helped the Waves to a top-10 ranking each of his four seasons in Malibu. His mark of 85 career singles victories is still the Pepperdine record today. In 1996, Sceney won the All-American Doubles Championship.Following his collegiate career, Sceney spent time in the professional tennis ranks, earning rankings in the top-600 in singles and top-300 in doubles after just one year on the ATP Tour."I am excited to return to the collegiate athletics world," Sceney said. "LMU is a fantastic place to work and play, with a beautiful campus and great facilities that provide the basis for a top tennis program. I look forward to working toward that end with the team and staff."Sceney, a native of Australia, won the 1992 Australian Open Junior Doubles Championship. He was the second-ranked junior in Australia from 1986-1992 and was a member of the country's junior national team.For the last nine years, Sceney has worked with Topseed Tennis Academy, a corporation that owns and operates three tennis clubs and one sports club in Southern California. Hired as a tennis instructor in 1999, Sceney advanced to the title of Director of Tennis at one of the company's sites, The Paseo Club in Valencia, CA. There, he manages a staff of 10 tennis professionals and coordinates the tennis program for approximately 3,500 members.

Lions Spotlight: Senior Jacek Twarowski
Jacek Twarowski is in his second and final season with LMU tennis after transferring from Georgia State as a junior.At LMU throughout the 2006-07 season he went 11-11 in singles for the Lions, with most matches coming at the No. 3 spot, where he went 8-8. Twarowski was 3-1 at No. 4 singles, and 7-15 in doubles play.Before coming to LMU, the Hamburg, Germany native played two seasons (2005-06) at Georgia State. He tallied career records of 25-12 in singles and 23-14 in doubles, posting singles wins over 30th-ranked Georgia Tech, 72nd-ranked South Florida, 73rd-ranked William & Mary, and 75th-ranked UC Santa Barbara throughout the 2005 season. In doubles play, Twarowski recorded wins over 30th-ranked Georgia Tech, 57th-ranked Old Dominion, and 73rd-ranked William & Mary, while also being named to the Dean's Academic List. A 2004 graduate of Gymnasium Hochrad in Hamburg, Germany, the business adminstration major also attended Szkoza Podstawowa from 1995-1996. Twarowski was ranked in Germany's top-50 and No. 1 in Hamburg as a junior player.Jacek Krzysztof Twarowski was born April 6, 1984 in Warsaw, Poland. The son of Danuta and Krzysztof Twarowski, he has two sisters, Jolanta and Joanna. Jolanta plays tennis for Pacific.