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Royo to Join Lions for 2007

May 9, 2006

Los Angeles, Calif. - Spain native Javier Royo will join the Lions for the 2007 season, Loyola Marymount Head Coach Nik DeVore announced Tuesday. Royo, who was ranked among Spain's top-25 juniors, will join the program in January.

"We are thrilled to have a player of Javier's caliber join our team for the upcoming season," DeVore said.

Royo comes to LMU from Zaragoza, Spain, where he put together a strong junior career. He achieved a top-200 men's open ranking as a 17-year-old to go along with his top-25 junior ranking.

Though he grew up playing on clay surface courts, DeVore feels he possesses an all-court style of play that is well-suited for NCAA competition on hard courts.

"He has a big serve, big forehand, and is quite comfortable at the net," DeVore said. "We expect Javier to step in and make significant contributions right away. There is no doubt that he will be an outstanding college tennis player and should help us build a program that is capable of challenging for the West Coast Conference title and climbing the national rankings."

Royo is the son of Mercedes Abancens and Ricardo Royo and plans to major in engineering at LMU.

After the Lions lost four seniors to graduation this month, Royo will join Nikola Petrov as the newcomers for the 2006-07 season. Petrov, of Bulgaria, signed a National Letter of Intent with LMU last November.

"This is a very important time for LMU tennis as far as recruiting," DeVore said. "The recruiting class for 2006-07 looks to be strong. Bringing Javier to LMU is a big step in the right direction."