The No. 5 seeded LMU women’s tennis team (10-9 overall, 4-5 WCC) opened their first match of the WCC championships with a 4-0 sweep victory of the No. 4 seeded Saint Mary’s Gales to move onto the semi-finals.
The Lions finished the regular season last week with a 4-0 win over West Coast Conference (WCC) opponent San Francisco (8-13 overall, 1-8 WCC) on senior day. The Lions now enter the weekend looking towards the WCC championships. The championships will take place from April 25 to April 27.
Coming off the first ever All America Selection in women’s tennis program history, sophomore Veronika Miroshnichenko finished the regular season going 9-5 overall and 4-3 in conference play from the No. 1 singles spot. She was awarded All-WCC second team for singles along with sophomore Eva Marie Voracek.
Miroshnichenko and Voracek were also named to the All-WCC second team as a doubles pair, ranking No. 89 in the nation in doubles, according to the International Tennis Association (ITA). The doubles pair finished the season with a 10-7 record.
The strong play by Miroshnichenko and Voracek led the LMU women’s tennis team to their highest ranking in program history at No. 50 by the ITA.
The Lions entered the first day of the WCC championships as the fifth seed on Thursday, which first saw the doubles teams of senior Elvira Juravliova and junior Camila Tumosa, and junior Siobhan Anderson and freshman Lillian Gabrielsen take down the doubles teams from Saint Mary’s. Their wins over the Gales claimed the doubles point for the Lions.
The Lions next went into singles play, which saw Tumosa, Juravliova and sophomore Yesica De Lucas win the singles match points for LMU to claim the 4-0 victory.
The Lions will continue their play in the semifinals of the WCC championships on Friday in Claremont, California. If the Lions win their Friday match, they will move onto the finals on Saturday to conclude the WCC championships.