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LMU, San Diego Women's Tennis Pull Upset in Opening Round

April 22, 2015

Loyola Marymount pulled the first upset of the 2015 WCC Women's Tennis Championship Wednesday afternoon at Barnes Tennis Center in sunny San Diego, Calif. The Lions seeded No. 10 defeated No. 7 Santa Clara with a 4-3 victory. In singles play, the teams split the points (3-3) with flights No. 1 and 2 going the distance in three sets; the deciding point hailed from the doubles play as LMU took a 2-1 lead into singles play. The Lions sought revenge after falling 5-2 to the Broncos at LMU Tennis Center (April 2) during the regular season. With the win, LMU is set to face No. 2 Portland at 9 a.m. Thursday on courts 14-19.

M1: No. 10 Loyola Marymount 4, No. 7 Santa Clara 3
Doubles | Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1) Farah/Silva (SCU) def. Piller/Grossman (LMU) 8-3
2) Perez/Romeka (LMU) def. Cooke/Wolny (SCU) 8-2
3) Crespo/Norlin (LMU) def. El Tawil/Morgan (SCU) 8-7(4)

Singles | Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4, 1, 2, 3
1) Jessica Perez (LMU) def. Nabila Farah (SCU) 6-3, 6-2
2) Chelby Cooke (SCU) def. Andrea Crespo (LMU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
3) Anna Romeka (LMU) def. Daniella Silva (SCU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
4) Zeina El Tawil (SCU) def. Kristine Kouyoumjian (LMU) 6-2, 6-4
5) Elanor Grossman (LMU) def. Danielle Zinn (SCU) 6-3, 6-2
6) Riley Morgan (SCU) def. Julia Norlin (LMU) 6-3, 6-3

In match 2, San Diego advanced to the quarterfinal round after securing a 4-2 victory over tournament seed No. 8 Pacific. With the loss, the Tigers end the 2015 campaign 8-13 overall, while the Toreros improve to 4-14. Pacific enter singles play 1-0 after taking 2-of-3 points in doubles play. USD bounced back, and cruised in singles play winning the next four points for the match. Earlier this season (April 4), Pacific defeated San Diego 5-2 in Stockton. Up next for the host Toreros is top-seed and regular season champion Pepperdine. The cross-city rivals will battle Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

M2: No. 8 Pacific 2, No. 9 San Diego 4
Doubles | Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1. Hana Ritterova/Iveta Masarova (PAC) def. Dana Oppinger/Drew Spinosa (USD) 8-5
2. Marta Stojanovis/Shani Blecher (USD) def. Gergana Boncheva/Daria Labintseva (PAC) 0-8
3. Regina Suarez/Cristina Saenz de Buruaga (PAC) def. Mikayla Morkel-Brink/Janine Koleta (USD) 8-4

Singles | Order of Finish 4, 3, 5, 2, 1
1. Marta Stojanovic (USD) def. Hana Ritterova (PAC) 6-4, 7-5
2. Drew Spinosa (USD) def. Iveta Masarova (PAC) 6-3, 6-2
3. Dana Oppinger (USD) vs. Cristina Saenz de Buruaga Ruiz (PAC) 6-4, 3-2, unfinished
4. Mikayla Morkel-Brink (USD) def. Regina Suarez (PAC) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
5. Shani Blecher (USD) def. Gergana Boncheva (PAC) 6-2, 6-4
6. Daria Labintseva (PAC) def. Janine Koleta (USD) 6-4, 6-2