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A Big WCC Win for Tennis

Feb. 18, 2007

San Diego, CA (Feb. 18) - The Loyola Marymount University women's tennis team earned a big win early in the spring 2007 season with a 4-3 victory over 60th-ranked San Diego on Sunday morning in San Diego. Every year since the women's tennis championships were started in the West Coast Conference, San Diego and LMU have played each other in the semifinals, creating a rivalry that went to the Lions favor to start the season.

The Lions swept all three doubles matches, with 8-5 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles. Pavla Mesterova and Tamara Tanner improved to 4-0 on the season as team playing at No. 1 doubles, defeating Samantha Mouly and Monica Wiesener on Sunday.

Once again the doubles point proved big as the teams split singles play. Mestervoa earned a two-set win as Wiesener retired in the second set. Robyn Baker (No. 2 singles), Tamara Tanner (No. 3) and Serena Fermin (No. 4) all fell in their hard-fought matches. It left the match up to Erin Ivey at No. 5 singles and Elrien de Villiers at No. 6.

Ivey came through with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Zoe Taylor and de Villiers claimed the match for the Lions with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Justine Perl. The freshman from South Africa who joined the team in January, is now 4-0 on the season in dual matches.

The Lions will continue their eight-game road trip at No. 15 UCLA on Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Tennis Match Results: Loyola Marymount vs San Diego
Feb 18, 2007 at San Diego, CA

#70 Loyola Marymount 4, #60 San Diego 3
Singles competition
1. Pavla Mesterova (LMU) def. Monica Wiesener (USD) 6-2, 1-2, retired
2. Helene Lindstrand (USD) def. Robyn Baker (LMU) 6-2, 6-0
3. Samantha Mouly (USD) def. Tamara Tanner (LMU) 6-1, 6-1
4. Alexandra Demidova (USD) def. Serena Fermin (LMU) 6-1, 6-4
5. Erin Ivey (LMU) def. Zoe Taylor (USD) 6-4, 6-1
6. Elrien de Villiers (LMU) def. Justine Perl (USD) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition 1. Pavla Mesterova/Tamara Tanner (LMU) def. Samantha Mouly/Monica Wiesener (USD) 8-5
2. Erin Ivey/Serena Fermin (LMU) def. Alexandra Demidova/Zoe Taylor (USD) 8-5
3. Bliss Nixon/Elrien de Villiers (LMU) def. Justine Perl/Helene Lindstrand (USD) 8-2

Match Notes:
Loyola Marymount 3-1; National ranking #70
San Diego 2-5; National ranking #60