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Lions Roar in 2005-06

April 24, 2006

Los Angeles, Calif. - Last week's West Coast Conference Championships capped a strong season for Loyola Marymount men's tennis. The Lions finished 14-13, a fifth consecutive winning season under Head Coach Nik DeVore.

DeVore, in his fifth season with the Lions, has led the Lions to an impressive turnaround. The program had previously recorded just five winning season in school history, but DeVore has led the Lions to five straight years above the .500 mark for a coaching record of 76-49.

As a team, the Lions defeated 66th-ranked Yale on March 8, the second-highest ranked team LMU men's tennis has ever defeated. The Lions had previously topped 57th-ranked Santa Clara in DeVore's first season at LMU.

Other individual highlights involve re-writing the LMU record book. Senior Mike Wojnarowicz now holds the career singles victory record with an overall record of 82-60, passing former teammate Beau Berglund (2001-05).

Nico Terrien and doubles partner Mike Chan set a new single-season record for doubles team victories, going 21-6. That mark passed the previous record of 20-7 set by Johannes Asuja (2001-03) and Anthony Evrard (2001-03) in 2002.

In his first season with the Lions, junior Reyniere Roxas went 19-11 overall and won 12 of his last 15 matches at No. 3 singles.

Terrien finished his junior campaign 20-14 overall, improving his career record to 68-35 after three seasons. He also achieved the highest individual ranking in LMU history when he earned a ranking of 76th in the ITA national rankings.

With the accomplishments of returning Lions and the arguably best recruiting class in LMU history coming in next season, expectations will be high for the Lions.

"We will be quite young," DeVore said, "but more talented than ever."