LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- A pivotal win at No. 3 doubles gave Saint Mary's a springboard and the Gaels rolled from there as they bounced back from a tough result Saturday to score a 4-0 win over Loyola Marymount.
With the win, Saint Mary's improves to 11-7 overall and 5-2 in the West Coast Conference. Loyola Marymount falls to 8-12 overall and 2-5 in conference.
Senior Day ceremonies Sunday at LMU fed into a highly competitive trio of doubles matches, and the Lions got on the board first thanks to an 8-5 win at No. 1. Saint Mary's rebounded quickly, pulling even thanks to a great performance by Danielle Flores and Jade Frampton at No. 2. The duo beat Ellie Grossman and Lauri Mueller 8-1, tying the doubles score at 1 with only No. 3 left to play.
Catherine Leduc and Jamie Pawid battled throughout their match against Kristine Kouyoumjian and Reka Rohonyi, but that effort wasn't immediately enough to pull out a result. Instead, the match went to a tie-breaker and Saint Mary's came up with the points when it needed them most, as Pawid and Leduc pulled out a 7-5 thriller to give SMC the first point of the day.
From there, the Gaels used the momentum of doubles to roll right to a victory. Jenny Jullien rebounded from a tough match of her own on Saturday to post a dominant 6-1, 6-0 win over Kouyoumjian at No. 1. Parminder Kaur scored a 6-3, 6-1 win over Grossman at No. 6 and Frampton finished things off with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Rohonyi at No. 5.
Sunday's win came in SMC's final road match of the 2014 regular season. The Gaels return to Korth Tennis Complex on Friday to celebrate their own seniors -- Jullien and Frampton -- and wrap up the regular season with an 11 a.m. match against Santa Clara.