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Lions Fall To #45 Florida International University

April 8, 2006

Los Angeles, CA The Loyola Marymount women's tennis team took on 45th- ranked Florida International University today at the LMU Tennis Center at 11:00AM. The Lions played a tough match against a tough team. LMU fell to FIU with a final score of 6-1.

The Lions began the day with Pavla Mesterova and Robyn Baker taking on Paula Zabala and Nikkita Fountain of FIU at the No. 1 spot in doubles play. Mesterova and Baker were down 2-0 and came back 2-2 but couldn't secure the win. FIU took the win 8-3.

At the No. 3 spot in doubles play Sladjana Kos and Maja Sundac took on Courtney Jonson and Bruna Discordia of FIU. The match was close the whole way through but in the end Florida International came out victorious taking the match and also the doubles point.

After doubles play Robyn Baker was pulled out of the singles line up and everyone moved up a spot. Maja Sundac was the lone winner for the Lions at #4. She took on Marijane Cutuk of FIU and took the match 6-3, 6-3.

LMU senior and team captain Patrycia Hubl played her typical three set match. At #3 singles she came back in the second set to tie the score 1-1 but could not get the third set.

Pavla Mesterova took on #85 Paula Zabala of FIU. Mesterova played a ten point tiebreaker to decide the match. She lost the heartbreaker 10-3 in this third set. She won the first set 6-3, and lost the second set 3-6. When Pavla's match was at 2-2 in the third set FIU had already clinched the win. LMU Head Coach commented on Pavla's performance by saying, "she played a very competitive match against Paula Zabala who is ranked #85 in the nation."

The Lions will next take on 21st- ranked Fresno State in Fresno tomorrow with play beginning at 10:00AM.

- GO LIONS -

DOUBLES

Zabala/Fountain (FIU) def. Mesterova/Baker (LMU) 8-3
Petrauskaite/D'Armas (FIU) def. Hubl/Ivey (LMU) 8-0
Jonson/Discordia (FIU) def. Kos/Sundac (LMU) 8-6

SINGLES

Paula Zabala (FIU) def. Pavla Mesterova (LMU) 3-6, 6-3, 2-2 (10-3)
Egle Petrauskaite (FIU) def. Sladjana Kos (LMU) 6-4, 6-4
Shilla D'Armas (FIU) def. Patrycia Hubl (LMU) 6-1, 0-6, 6-1
Maja Sundac (LMU) def. Nikkita Fountain (FIU) 6-3, 6-4
Marijane Cutuk (FIU) def. Erin Ivey (LMU) 6-3, 6-3
Courtney Jonson (FIU) def. Shawnell Russell (LMU) 6-1, 6-1