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Lions Head to Boise for Pair of Tough Matches

April 5, 2007

LOS ANGELES - Winners of back-to-back matches at home, Loyola Marymount men's tennis hits the road this weekend to take on Montana State Friday and Boise State Saturday. Both matches will be played in Boise, Idaho.

The trip serves as a sort of homecoming for LMU Head Coach Nik DeVore, who spent 1997-1998 as an assistant coach with the then-seventh-ranked Boise State program. The team ranked as high as second in the nation in 1997.

"This will be a tough road trip for us, but it could be a real boost if we can play with a lot of confidence," DeVore said. "We always like to taketough road trip in April leading up to the West Coast Conference Championship."

First up for the Lions will be Montana State on Friday at 1:00 p.m. "Montana Stateis always tough. They are a perennial powerhouse in the Big Sky Conferenceand have made the NCAA Championships a number of times in the past.They beat us last year on our courts, so we will be looking for somepayback."

The Lions will remain in Boise to play host Boise State Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The Broncos are currently ranked 21st in the nation and boast an overall record of 21-5 on the season. "The last time we played at Boise State, we competed verywell and took a lot of confidence with us back to California. We will belooking for the same effort from this encounter. Boise State will be very, very tough."

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