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Final Home Tune-up Tuesday

April 17, 2006

Briefly... After a win over 44th-ranked Oregon last Thursday, the Lions (9-14, 1-2 WCC) will now take on Cal State Northridge (13-5, 4-4 Big West) in the team's last home match of the season, Tuesday, April 18th. Play will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the LMU Tennis Center. The match will mark the last home contest for senior team captain Patrycia Hubl and will be the team's final tune-up before the West Coast Conference Championships open Friday at Santa Clara.

Matador Facts... Cal State Northridge meets the Lions with an overall record of 13-5. The Matadors are 4-4 in Big West Conference Play.

Lions Defeat #44 Oregon... Last week the LMU women's tennis took on 44th-ranked Oregon at LMU. The Lions took the match from the ranked team 4-3. Pavla Mesterova led the Lions with a straight sets win over 30th-ranked Dominika Dieskova. The Lions also had strong play from freshman Maja Sundac, who came back against Claudia Hirt to secure the win for the Lions.

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 ranked in the ITA team rankings. The Lions have faced 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), Fresno State (21st), and Oregon (44th).

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.

-GO LIONS-