July 20, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount men's tennis completed it's recruiting class for the 2006-07 academic year with three standouts announced today by Head Coach Nik DeVore. Jacek Twarowski, Sam Tadevosian, and Dmitry Popov join the Lions' program as part of what DeVore considers to be the best recruiting class in program history.
Twarowski comes to LMU as a transfer from Georgia State University, where he played No. 4-5 singles and No. 3 doubles. The Hamburg, Germany native went 14-6 in singles for GSU, posting wins over 30th-ranked Georgia Tech, No. 72 South Florida, No. 73 William & Mary, and 75th-ranked UC Santa Barbara during the 2005 season. In doubles play, he was 11-9 and recorded wins over 30th-ranked Georgia Tech, 57th-ranked Old Dominion, and No. 73 William & Mary.
As a junior player in Germany, Twarowski was ranked in the nation's top-50 and No. 1 in Hamburg.
"Jacek is 6-6 and possesses a very big game," DeVore said. "He has a huge serve and is very good at the net, which makes him a formidable doubles player. We look for Jacek to step in and help right away because of his two seasons of experience at Georgia State."
Twarowski is the son of Krzysztof and Danuta Twarowski. He has two sisters, Joanna (26) and Jolanta (20), who plays tennis for the University of Pacific. Joining the LMU program in January 2007, Twarowski will continue to work on his business administration major with an emphasis in international business.
Tadevosian is another transfer to the LMU program this season. The Glendale, Calif. native joins the Lions from Fresno State, where he played No. 4-5 singles and No. 3 doubles for the 46th-ranked Bulldogs.Tadevosian had an impressive sophomore season, winning 17 matches in singles and 23 in doubles. He enjoyed singles victories over 33rd-ranked Middle Tennessee State, 64th-ranked UNLV, No. 69 Pacific, and 75th-ranked UC Santa Barbara. In doubles, he posted victories over 17th-ranked Notre Dame, No. 27 Boise State, 33rd-ranked Middle Tennessee State, and 64th-ranked UNLV.
Before joining the Bulldogs, Tadevosian ranked as high as No.2 in 16's and No. 5 in 18's in Southern California. He was also ranked in the top-75 nationally in boys 18's.
"This is a big pick-up for us," DeVore said. "Sam has a very solid game and is capable of competing well at a very high level. His two seasons of experience at Fresno State will help an otherwise very young team. We feel that Sam can step in and provide a lot of leadership in both singles and doubles."
Tadevosian is the son of Varsik and Kiros Tadevosian and has an older brother, Hakop, who is also a tennis player. Once at LMU in January 2007, he will continue his business administration major with an emphasis in finance.
Popov will join the Lions as a freshman for the fall 2006 semester. The Khimki, Russia native has ranked in his country's prestigious top-30 throughout his junior career and has enjoyed a great deal of success in numerous national events.
"Dmitry is a very solid all-around player who possesses a heavy forehand, and a very versatile compact backhand," DeVore said. "His game is well-suited to college tennis, so we expect to see him improve tremendously throughout the course of his freshman season and make tremendous contributions."
Popov is the son of Vladimir and Galina Popov and plans on majoring in applied mathematics at LMU.
"I am really excited about the direction our program is going," DeVore said. "We only return three players from last year's team, so we will have to work hard to come together as a unit beginning this fall. Our talent level is at an all-time high, but we will have a very young team that will have to stay focused throughout the course of a very competitive schedule, which includes 11 teams that appeared in the national rankings last season. We will look for our three seniors to step things up this year and help lead our new team to greater heights. If we can do this, there is no reason why we can't climb the national rankings with this group and challenge for the West Coast Conference Championship."