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#70 Hornets Edge #60 LMU 4-3

March 7, 2006

Sacramento, Calif. - Newly-ranked Loyola Marymount lost a 4-3 road battle with 70th-ranked Sacramento State Tuesday. For the second straight match, the 60th-ranked Lions (5-6) got singles victories from their two freshman in the lineup, but it was not enough to secure the win.

It was a rainy day in Northern California, and the weather altered the match location and format. The match, which was scheduled to be played outdoors, was moved inside. Due to court availability, the teams also decided to play the singles portion of the match first.

Trailing 2-0 in singles play, the Lions posted two straight wins at the No. 6 and No. 2 spots when Maja Sundac and Robyn Baker finished their straight set victories.

The Hornets took the 3-2 lead when Margarita Karnaukhova topped LMU's Pavla Mesterova at the No. 1 spot. Mesterova, who had not dropped a set since January, was named the WCC Player of the Month on Monday.

Freshman Sladjana Kos tied the match at 3-3 by winning the final singles match at the No. 4 spot 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. Her victory forced the teams to play out the doubles matches to determine the winner.

Things looked promising for the Lions when Patryica Hubl and Erin Ivey won 8-3 at the No. 2 spot.

But the ranked Hornets battled back to win the doubles matches at the No. 1 and No. 3 spot to edge LMU with the 4-3 win.

"It's always challenging to play on the road," Head Coach Jamie Sanchez said. "We want to compete with every team, especially ranked teams on our schedule. We did that today and the match was tied several times. It was just a close match that got away from us."

The Lions were listed among this week's ranked programs in the ITA rankings for the first time this season. LMU moved into the rankings at the No. 60 spot after defeating then-52nd-ranked Boston College on Saturday at the LMU Tennis Center. The LMU win dropped Boston College to the 56th-spot this week. Today's opponent, Sacramento State, was ranked 62nd last week, but fell to 70th prior to today's match. With the Lions in the 60th spot, four West Coast Conference teams are among the top-75. LMU joins Pepperdine, San Diego, and Saint Mary's in the rankings.

Up next for the Lions is Eastern Tennesee State. The Lions will host the match Friday at the Manhattan Beach Country Club beginning at noon.

-GO LIONS-

#70 Sacramento State 4, #60 LMU 3

Doubles
1.Karnaujhova/Lyssenko (SAC) def. Mesterova/Baker 8-5
2.Hub/Ivey (LMU) def. Schifris/Jarlkaganova (SAC) 8-3
3.Helland/Pimenova (SAC) def. Sundac/Kos (LMU) 8-3

Singles
1.Margarita Karnaukhova (SAC) def. Pavla Mesterova (LMU) 6-1, 6-2
2.Robyn Baker (LMU) def. Karina Jarlkaganova (SAC) 6-1, 6-3
3.Anastassia Lyssenko (SAC) def. Patrycia Hubl (LMU) 6-4, 6-1
4.Sladjana Kos (LMU) def. Luba Schifris (SAC) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
5.Cecilia Helland (SAC) def. Erin Ivey (LMU) 6-3, 6-2
6.Maja Sundac (LMU) def. Svetlana Pimenova (SAC) 6-1, 6-2