March 25, 2007
Los Angeles, CA (March 25) - Playing in their third match in four days and second straight in less than 17 hours, the Loyola Marymount women's tennis team saw their eighth match of the season go to a 4-3 decision, as they fell to 46th-ranked Sacramento State at the LMU Tennis Center on Sunday morning.
After defeating Pacific 7-0 on Saturday in a match that concluded around 4:30 p.m., the Lions were back on the court at 9:30 a.m. to take on the Hornets. It was the Lions third match since Thursday, second of the three against a ranked opponent. With the setback, the Lions fall to 8-8 on the season while Pacific improves to 11-5.
The Lions once again looked to take early control of the match with a doubles victory. Pavla Mesterova and Robyn Baker earned an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles while Tamara Tanner and Serena Fermin took No. 2 doubles, 8-5 to earn the doubles points. Mesterova and Baker are now 8-4 overall on the season and 8-2 in dual matches.
LMU went up 2-0 on the match when Mesterova won yet another No. 1 singles dual, winning on retirement, up 6-4, 3-0. She improves to 21-5 on the year with her fifth straight win and 12th in her last 13 matches.
Sacramento State then took control of the match with wins at No. 3, No. 6 and No. 4 singles to take the lead at 3-2. The match came down to No. 2 and No. 5 singles, both going to three sets. Robyn Baker improved to 11-7 overall with her ninth win in 10 tries, earning a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles.
However, her win came too late as Elrien de Villiers fell at No. 5 singles, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The Lions will host ranked Long Beach State to conclude a six-match home stand on Wednesday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m.