March 16, 2007
Los Angeles, CA (March 16) - Loyola Marymount women's tennis fell to Southern Mississippi 4-3 at the LMU Tennis Center on Friday afternoon. The win for Southern Miss improves their record to 10-1 on the season while LMU goes to 6-6.
The match started strong for the Lions as they took the doubles point with a convincing 8-3 win by Pavla Mesterova and Robyn Baker at No. 1 doubles and a hard fought 9-7 win by Erin Ivey and Bliss Nixon at No. 3 doubles. Southern Mississippi earn one victory in doubles at No. 2.
The Lions looked to be in control as 56th-ranked Pavla Mesterova made quick work of Sherry Price, 6-0, 6-0. With the win, Mesterova improves to 17-5 on the year and 9-2 in dual match competition.
The 2-0 lead for the Lions would not hold as Southern Miss earneed wins at No. 4 and No. 6 singles to tie the match at 2-2.
Robyn Baker then gave the Lions a 3-2 lead with a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles. Baker improves to 8-6 overall and has won six straight.
The match was left to No. 3 and No. 5 singles. Southern Miss took No. 3 singles 7-6, 6-4 to tie the match, putting the entire match in the hands of No. 5 singles. Elrien de Villiers won the first set 6-0 but could not hang on as she fell 6-3, 6-4.
LMU will look to recover tomorrow, Saturday, when they host San Diego State at 1 p.m.