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Lions Begin Dual Season at #75 Santa Clara

Jan. 29, 2008

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The Loyola Marymount men's tennis team heads to No. 75 Santa Clara Saturday to begin their spring season, after rain cancelled their two home matches last weekend. The Lions face the Broncos in their first dual match of the 2007-08 season at the Degheri Tennis Center, with a match time set for 12:00 p.m.

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 sophomores 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 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 past weekend. Unfortunately, due to weather conditions, the Saturday match against BYU and the Sunday match against Pacific had to be postponed to a date that has yet to be determined.LMU travels to face a 75th-ranked Santa Clara team (who are tied with San Diego in the ITA rankings) this Saturday before returning home on February 9 to face Sacramento State. They will hit the road again for matches at No. 75 San Diego and UC Santa Barbara before hosting UC San Diego and WCC opponent San Francisco 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. The guys have been back in practice for three weeks and are just itching to get out there and get the season off to a great start."

About No. 75 Santa Clara
The Broncos began their spring season hosting UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis on January 19 at the Degheri Tennis Center. In the morning, the Broncos defeated UC Santa Cruz 4-2 behind a strong performance from Jay Wong, who clinched the doubles point with partner Steven Benvenuto at the No. 1 spot, and followed that with a singles victory at the No. 1 position. Kenzo Hirakawa-Wong and Senthil Chidambaram earned a doubles victory at the No. 2 position, and each earned singles wins at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively. After falling in the first set 4-6, freshman Chidambaram came back to win his next two sets versus Max Liberty-Point, 7-6, 7-5.Santa Clara fell 4-1 to UC Davis in the afternoon. The only win of the match was from Jay Wong, who defeated Michael Reiser 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 1 position.The heavy rain did not only affect Loyola Marymount's matches this past weekend, the nationally-ranked Broncos had to cancel their trip to No. 8 University of Southern California due to the inclement weather. The match at USC on Saturday, Jan. 26 was cancelled, while their match on Sunday, Jan. 27 at UC Santa Barbara had to be postponed until March 27.Santa Clara is currently 1-1 on the season.Derek Mills is in his first season as the head coach of the Santa Clara men's tennis team.

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 Sam Tadevosian
Sam Tadevosian is in his second and final season with LMU tennis after transferring from Fresno State as a junior.At LMU throughout the 2006-07 season he went 10-14 in singles for the Lions, with most matches coming at the No. 2 spot in dual play. Tadevosian was also 8-14 in doubles play.Before coming to LMU, the Glendale, CA native played two seasons (2004-06) at Fresno State where he played No. 4-5 singles and No. 3 doubles for the 46th-ranked Bulldogs. Tadevosian had an impressive sophomore season, winning 17 matches in singles and 23 in doubles. He enjoyed singles victories over 33rd-ranked Middle Tennessee State, 64th-ranked UNLV, No. 69 Pacific, and 75th-ranked UC Santa Barbara. In doubles, Tadevosian posted victories over 17th-ranked Notre Dame, No. 27 Boise State, 33rd-ranked Middle Tennessee State and 64th-ranked UNLV.A 2004 graduate of Hoover High School in Glendale, CA, the business adminstration major was ranked as high as No. 2 in 16's and No. 5 in 18's in Southern California. He was also ranked in the top-75 nationally in boys 18's.Samuel David Tadevosian was born March 17, 1987 in Hollywood, CA. The son of Kiros and Varsik Tadevosian, he has one brother, Hakop.