Aug. 6, 2007
Loyola Marymount men's tennis battled a challenging schedule with a young squad, returning just three players- all seniors- from the 2005-06 season. The Lions posted a 5-4 record at the LMU Tennis Center, while facing some of the nation's best at both home and on the road.
LMU AT THE WCC CHAMPIONSHIP
LMU closed out the soggy West Coast Conference Championship and the 2007 season with a 4-2 win over Gonzaga. The seventh-seeded Lions finish true to their seed after topping the eight-seeded Bulldogs at the University of San Diego. The Lions faced Gonzaga in the battle for seventh place after falling to No.2 Santa Clara 4-1 and No. 6 San Francisco 4-2 Saturday in first and second round action.
COACH DEVORE'S THOUGHTS ON 2006-07
The 2006-07 season was not what sixth-year Head Coach Nik DeVore hoped it would be. "With the talent we had on our team this past season, expectations were pretty high," DeVore said, "perhaps too high considering the fact that we had six freshman on our roster. We just couldn't get consistently good effort from the guys for some reason." The Lions did post impressive wins over teams that were nationally-ranked at some point during the 2007 season, including UC Irvine, Hawaii, Cal Poly, and Dartmouth. "But we never could get on a good run where we performed well in consecutive matches," DeVore said. "We have enjoyed a great deal of success the previous five years, posting winning seasons in each, so to finish the way that we did was very disappointing."
TERRIEN MAKES PUSH FOR LMU CAREER SINGLES VICTORIES RECORD
After an impressive four-year career in the LMU uniform, senior Nico Terrien tallied 77 singles victories, ranking him second in LMU men's tennis history in the category. Terrien trails only former teammate Mike Wojnarowicz, who set the record at 82 singles wins a season ago.
LIONS LOOK FORWARD TO 2007-08 REBUILDING
Six players return from the 2006-07 roster, consisting of four sophomores and two seniors, and the Lions will add newcomers Johan Berhof (Sweden), Stefan Nikolic (Serbia) and Aris Andreasian (Burbank, Calif.). The Lions are also looking to add one more top player for either the fall or January as well. "We are really happy with the new recruits we were able to attract this year," DeVore said. "They are talented, but it will most likely take some time for them to adapt to life as a student-athlete. With time, I feel that they will all make significant contributions to our program. We have a strong schedule once again in 2007-08, with 14 teams on the schedule that appeared in the national rankings in 2006-07, so our guys will certainly be tested. I feel strongly that the only way to improve is to play the stronger teams. You might not always end up with the best overall winning percentage, but the adversity we face will make us stronger and help us prepare for the West Coast Conference Championships in April, which is where we want to be playing our best."
Despite falling below .500, the Lions made a late season push starting at the end of March with a 5-2 win over Cal Poly, who had just fallen out of the top-75 rankings. The victory over the Mustangs was the first of three straight wins for the Lions, who went on to win four of five matches. LMU fell only to 21st-ranked Boise State during the run leading up to the WCC Championship.
ROXAS RANKED AMONG BEST IN THE WEST
Reyniere Roxas finished the fall season ranked among the best in the ITA's WesRegion, one of the toughest regions in the nation. Roxas, whose fall season was highlighted by a quarterfinal appearance at the ITA Regional, comes in ranked 28th in the West. Roxas' ranking marks the third time in program history that a Lion has finished the fall among the region's best. Previously, current teammate Nico Terrien (2005) and former standout Tigran Martirosyan (2002) finished among the region's best.
LMU TENNIS CENTER GETS NEW SCOREBOARD
The LMU Tennis Center has gone under a major face-lift the past three years and those enhancements continued this fall as a brand new scoreboard was installed. The state-of-the-art Daktronics scoreboard continues major improvement projects that started almost three years ago with the addition of the Tournament Court. The long-awaited sixth tennis court, the critical tournament court for the Loyola Marymount University Tennis Center was finished in December of 2003. Continuing that project was the addition of the crimson-colored scoreboard at the end of the six courts. Featuring set scoring for each court and overall event scoring, the scoreboard features red LEDs that are 15 inches in height and can be seen throughout the athletics complex. Each court score is controlled by wireless devices station at each court.