July 11, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - Lion fans can relive the 2005-06 Commissioner's Cup every week on www.LMULions.com as we look back on cup-clinching moments all summer. The seventh installment features Loyola Marymount men's tennis. The Lions re-wrote the LMU all-time record book in their 2005-06 campaign. The 2006 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.
FOUR LIONS AMONG ALL-WCC SELECTIONS
Four Lions received All-West Coast Conference recognition with theannouncement of conference men's tennis selections. Nico Terrien,Reyniere Roxas, Mike Wojnarowicz, and Michael Chan represent LoyolaMarymount among the WCC's best. Terrien highlighted the selectionsfor the Lions, receiving the nod for the All-WCC second-team. Thejunior finished his 2005-06 campaign 20-14 overall, improving his careerrecord to 68-35 after three seasons. He also achieved the highestindividual ranking in LMU history when he earned a ranking of 76th inthe ITA national rankings. Terrien and doubles partner Mike Chan receivedAll-WCC honorable mention recognition. The duo set a newLMU single-season record for doubles team victories, going 21-6. Roxasand Wojnarowicz rounded out the LMU selections, both earning honorablemention All-WCC recognition in singles. In his first season withthe Lions, the junior Roxas went 19-11 overall and won 12 of his last 15matches at No. 3 singles. The graduate Wojnarowicz now holds thecareer singles victory record with an overall record of 82-60, passingformer teammate Beau Berglund (2001-05).
LIONS WIN UNDER DEVORE
Nik DeVore, in his fifth season with the Lions, has led the Lions to animpressive turnaround. The program had previously recorded just fivewinning season in school history, but DeVore has led the Lions to fivestraight years above the .500 mark for an LMU coaching record of 76-49.
LMU FINDS SUCCESS VS. RANKED PROGRAMS
As a team, the Lions defeated 66th-ranked Yale on March 8, the second- highestranked team LMU men's tennis ever defeated. The Lions hadpreviously topped 57th-ranked Santa Clara in Coach DeVore's first seasonat LMU. The Lions faced a total of five ranked programs during thecourse of the 2006 spring season, including fourth-ranked Pepperdine,who went on to the WCC and NCAA Championship titles.
LIONS SET DOUBLES RECORD IN 2005-06
Nico Terrien and doubles partner Mike Chan set a new single-seasonrecord for doubles team victories, going 21-6. That mark passed theprevious record of 20-7 set by Johannes Asuja (2001-03) and AnthonyEvrard (2001-03) in 2002.
LIONS FIND ANOTHER STAR IN 2006
In his first season with the Lions, junior Reyniere Roxas went 19-11overall and won 12 of his last 15 matches at No. 3 singles.
TERRIEN CONTINUES TEAR
Nico Terrien had another banner season, finishing his juniorcampaign 20-14 overall in singles play. That improved his LMUcareer record to 68-35 after three seasons. He also achieved thehighest individual ranking in LMU history when he earned aranking of 76th in the ITA national rankings.
LIONS WIN 9 OF 11 IN MID-SEASON SURGE
With a 7-0 sweep of Weber State on the road, men's tennis hadwon nine of its last 11 matches in a mid-season surge. The hotspell began in February, when the Lions topped then-37thrankedUC San Diego (DII) 6-1. LMU also posted wins overGeorgia State, 66th-ranked Yale, Boston College, Gonzaga,Princeton, Dartmouth, and Utah State.
WIJEMANNE NAMED ASSISTANT COACH
Sri Lanka native and UC Irvine graduate Renouk Wijemannejoined the Lions as an assistant coach in the fall. Wijemannebecomes the program's first assistant coach. Wijemanne, whohails from Colombo, Sri Lanka, was a national champion in hisnative country as a junior. He played for Sri Lanka's Davis Cupteam in 1999, 2001, 2004, and 2005, accumulating a Davis Cupsingles record of 11-7. He was a collegiate student-athlete at UCIrvine from 2001 to 2004, graduating with a double major inmathematics and economics. While playing with the Anteaters,Wijemanne was a three-time Big West Conference Scholar-Athlete.He also garnered ITA Scholar-Athlete honors in 2004.Wijemanne went on to play the professional circuit in 2005,achieving world rankings in both singles and doubles.