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#67 LMU Advances to WCC Semifinals

April 21, 2006

Santa Clara, Calif. - Third-seeded Loyola Marymount women's tennis advanced to the West Coast Conference semifinals Friday with a 4-1 win over sixth-seeded host Santa Clara (6-12). The 67th-ranked Lions (11-13) will now face second seed and 56th-ranked San Diego in the semifinals Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in Santa Clara, Calif.

The Lions had to battle a tough Santa Clara team on the Broncos' home court.

"It is always a special situation when you are matched up with the home team and Santa Clara is always very competitive," LMU Head Coach Jamie Sanchez said. "We looked forward to it and we were fortunate enough to come out of it."

Due to the threat of rain in the San Jose area, the teams played only the singles portion of the match. Per WCC Championship guidelines, play continues only until the fourth decisive point is recorded.

The Lions went down 1-0 after Shawnell Russell fell at the No.6 spot.

But her fellow Lions came through, posting straight set wins at No.4, No.5, and No.2.

76th-ranked Pavla Mesterova clinched the LMU victory with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No.1.

The Lions will now meet up with 56th-ranked San Diego, a team that topped LMU in last year's WCC semifinals and edged the Lions 4-3 in March.

"What we have in mind is everything we've done up until this point, and how we want to prepare for the next match situation," Sanchez said. "We have to go one match at a time. Santa Clara was our first concern, and we needed to be focused for them. We were fortunate to win and advance to the next round. Our next opponent happens to be San Diego. It wouldn't matter if it was Pepperdine. We are ready to play. We are here to win a conference championship, and we can only have that one thought in our mind. It's going to be a battle."

The Lions and Toreros take to the courts at Santa Clara Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

Score updates are available at the WCC Championships Tennis Central by clicking here.

-GO LIONS-

#67 LMU 4, SCU 1

Singles1. #76 Pavla Mesterova (LMU) def. Leathers (SCU) 6-2, 6-4
2. Robyn Baker (LMU) def. Knutson (SCU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Patrycia Hubl (LMU) vs. Galainena (SCU) DNF
4. Maja Sundac (LMU) def. Daniel (SCU) 7-5, 6-0
5. Erin Ivey (LMU) def. Barnes (SCU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Davoudi (SCU) def. Shawnell Russell (LMU) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles - not contested
1. Mesterova/Baker (LMU) vs. Barnes/Galainena (SCU), DNC
2. Hubl/Ivey (LMU) vs. Davoudi/Leathers (SCU), DNC
3. Kos/Sundac (LMU) vs. Daniel/Knutson (SCU), DNC