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LMU Hosts 44th-ranked Oregon Thursday

April 11, 2006

Briefly... The Lions (8-13, 1-2 WCC) will take on 44th-ranked Oregon in the first of two final regular season home matches on Thursday, April 13th. Play begins at 1:30 p.m. at the LMU Tennis Center.

Ducks To Travel to LMU... The University of Oregon women's tennis team is currently ranked 44th in the nation. The Ducks have an overall record of 12-7 and are 3-4 in Pac-10 play. Oregon has one ranked singles player in 30th-ranked Dominika Dieskova. In doubles action, the team of Dominika Dieskova and Anna Olivos are ranked 31st in the nation.

Duck Fight... - The two programs are no strangers, as LMU and Oregon have battled several times over the last few years. Most recently, the two teams met in 2003, with LMU earning the 4-3 win over the then-33rd-ranked Ducks. 65th-ranked Oregon had won the 4-3 edge the previous season in 2002. In 2001, LMU had topped 51st-ranked Oregon 4-3. Thursday's match at the LMU Tennis Center will continue the on-going battle.

Tough Play Against Two Ranked Teams... The Lions took on 45th-ranked Florida International and No. 21 Fresno State last week. LMU fell to FIU with a final score of 6-1. Robyn Baker competed in doubles action, but did not play at the No. 2 spot in singles competition. Maja Sundac was the lone winner for the Lions at No. 4 singles. She defeated Marijane Cutuk of Florida International 6-3, 6-3. Pavla Mesterova played a ten point tiebreaker to decide her singles match at the No. 1 position. She lost the heartbreaker 10-3 in the third set to 85th-ranked Paula Zabala. In doubles action against the 21st-ranked Bulldogs, the Lions had a huge win at the number one spot. Pavla Mesterova and Robyn Baker took on 6th-ranked Lucia Sainz and Katharina Winterhalter and took the match 8-4. The Lions were not able to gain the win over the Bulldogs and fell overall 6-1.

Sanchez Hits 400... In his 30th year of coaching women's tennis, Jamie Sanchez reached the 400 career victory mark. Win number 400 came March 24 against Cornell at the LMU Tennis Center. The 400 career wins make him just the second coach in the history of West Coast Conference tennis to reach the milestone. The only other WCC coach to reach this mark is Pepperdine's Head Coach Gualberto Escudero. It also makes Sanchez one of two coaches in LMU history to reach the 400-mark. The other is current LMU softball coach Gary Ferrin, who earned his 400th career victory earlier in March in the Lions' home opener at the new Smith Field.

Schedule Strength... The Lions face a tough schedule again this season, with 14 opponents currently ranked in the ITA February team rankings. After already facing UCLA (12th), SDSU (52nd), Long Beach State (47th), UC Irvine (68th), Boston College (63rd), Boise State (75th) Nebraska (42nd), Washington State (71st), Pepperdine (eighth), San Diego (47th), Florida International (45th), and Fresno State (21st), the Lions will next take on Oregon (39th).

Women's Tennis Celebrates 30 Years at LMU... 2006 will see the Lions celebrate 30 years of women's tennis at LMU. Head Coach Jamie Sanchez, who began the women's tennis program 30 years ago for the Lions, is spearheading the commemorative year. During the annual alumnae day last weekend, a committee met to begin the planning for the celebration to be held September 22-24. Alumnae involved on the planning committee include co-chairwomen Julie Hladik Reid '02 and Amy Okum Garrity '93, Peggy Reilly '80, Lia Bunker Green '98, Amy Labetich Lane '99, and Erin Sanchez '05. Other alumnae who returned for the festivities included Michelle Rizza '80, Sue Wise '81, and Theresa Holden Ilgunas '80.