April 5, 2007
Manhattan Beach, CA (April 4) - The Loyola Marymount women's tennis team, back into the national rankings at No. 68, started the week with an impressive 7-0 over the University of Hawaii on Wednesday afternoon at the Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach, Calif. The Lions improve to 10-8 on the season with the win.
The Lions started the match with a clean sweep of the doubles matches, dropping just four games in the process. Robyn Baker and Pavla Mesterova improved to 10-2 as the No. 1 doubles team for the Lions with an 8-2 win. Also winning 8-2 was Sernea Fermin and Tamara Tanner at No. 2 doubles. Erin Ivey and Bless Nixon improved to 5-2 at No. 3 doubles with an 8-0 win.
In singles, Fermin, Elrien de Villiers and Bliss Nixon earned wins at No. 4, 5 and 6 singles, respectively, to give the Lions the win. Fermin won 6-2, 6-4, while de Villiers improved to 11-8 on the season with a 6-0, 6-1 win. Nixon moved to 6-4 on the season with the 6-4, 6-2 win.
Mestervoa continued her winning ways as well, earning a 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 win, claiming the pro-set tiebreaker in the third, 10-2. It was her seventh straight win, and 14th in her last 15th match. She is 23-5 on the season and 15-2 at No. 1 singles.
Baker improved to 12-8 on the year with a 6-3, 7-6 (10-3) win at No. 2 doubles while Tanner earned a 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 win at No. 3 singles, claiming the pro-set tiebreaker by a score of 10-7.
LMU plays Thursday at 1:30 p.m. against No. 37 UC Irvine.