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Lions Face Pair of WCC Foes Up North

Feb. 9, 2007

LOS ANGELES - Loyola Marymount men's tennis, who has played four straight matches against nationally-ranked teams, continues the challenge up north this weekend when the Lions face two West Coast Conference squads. The Lions (1-4, 0-1 WCC) will battle San Francisco (1-1, 0-0 WCC) Saturday and 59th-ranked Saint Mary's (2-3, 0-2 WCC) Sunday.

The pair of WCC matches will mark the third straight conference contest for the Lions, who faced defending national champion Pepperdine last week.

The WCC has four of its eight teams in the current national rankings.

"This is a big trip for us," LMU Head Coach Nik DeVore said. "Saint Mary's is currently ranked 59th after a bigwin over Arizona and San Francisco is always very tough as well. We havefriendly rivalries with both of these teams, so it should be a greatexperience for our guys. The matches against our conference teams arealways very intense, especially when we play at their home courts, so ourteam will have to play with a lot of emotion and determination if we aregoing to come home with some `W's.' Having played our last four matchesagainst nationally-ranked opponents should help us a great deal. We areused to facing high caliber opponents."

Saturday, the Lions and Dons will play rain or shine, as the match may be moved to an indoor facility if forecasted rain gets the best of the campus courts. Match times are set for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. Sunday at Saint Mary's.