NEW ORLEANS, La.- Loyola University New Orleans senior Brian Peña and junior DevonBelcher both earned match victories at the no. 1 and no. 2 singles seeds for the Wolfpack men. However, a couple of close matches went the wrong way for the ‘Pack as Spring Hill escaped with a 5-4 win Friday afternoon from the University of New Orleans Tennis Complex. The Loyola women dropped its match 9-0.
The Loyola men, now 1-5 on the season, began the afternoon winning the no. 1 and no. 2 doubles team matches. Peña and junior Joshua Laviolette defeated Spring Hill’s Burke DeFraites and Haden Cotton 8-5. In the no. 2 doubles match, Belcher and junior Matthew Farnham defeated Jacob Neu and Meyer Schwartzberg of the Badgers in a close 9-8 (10-4). Spring Hill took the final doubles match 8-4. With the Wolfapck ahead 2-1 heading into singles play, no. 1 singles seed Belcher beat DeFraites 6-0 and 6-1. Peña took his match after Spring Hill’s Neu was forced to retire in the second set. Loyola then dropped its next four matches that led to its defeat 5-4.
The Wolfpack women, now 2-5, fought hard against strong conference competition but eventually fell 9-0. Freshman Meghan deBaroncelli played extremely well as the ‘Pack’s no. 1 singles seed but dropped her match in a close tie-break 7-3 after falling 6-0.
Both teams look to bounce back Saturday afternoon the Wolfpack will take on the Crusaders of William Carey at the University of New Orleans Tennis Complex. First serve is set for 2 p.m. CT.
1. Peña/ Laviolette (LU) def. DeFraites/Cotton (SHC): 8-5
2. Farnahm/ Belcher (LU) def. Neu/ Schwartzberg (SHC): 9-8 (10-4)
3. Lyons/ Ames (SHC) def. Garcia/ Benjamin (LU): 8-4
1. Devon Belcher (LU) def. Burke DeFraites(SHC): 6-0, 6-1
2. Brian Peña (LU) def. Jacob Neu (SHC): 4-6, 4-2 retired
3. Jonathan Ames (SHC) def. Joshua Laviolette (LU): 6-2, 6-0
4. Haden Cotton (SHC) def. Matthew Farnham (LU): 6-3, 6-3
5. Jake Lyons (SHC) def. Eduardo Garcia (LU): 6-3, 6-3
6. Meyer Schwartzberg (SHC) def. Tony Benjamin: 6-1, 6-2
1. Fritscher/ Montegut (SHC) def. deBaroncelli/ Bonnin (LU): 8-0
2. Michaelis/ Hedrick (SHC) def. Chater/ Keene (LU): 8-0
3. Castello/ Bourque (SHC) def. Beargie/ Krtalic (LU): 8-0
1. Shelby Fritscher (SHC) def. Meghan DeBaroncelli (LU): 6-0, 6-6 (7-3)
2. McCall Hedrick (SHC) def. Katie Beargie (LU): 6-0, 6-0
3. Tara Montegut (SHC) def. Francis Bonnin (LU): 6-0, 6-0
4. Elise Michaelis (SHC) def. Caitlyn Chambers (LU): 6-0, 6-0
5. Monica Castello (SHC) def. Chelsea Keene (LU): 6-1, 6-1
6. Ruth Bourque (SHC) def. Cristiana Krtalic (LU): 6-3, 6-0
7. Maggie Leeds (SHC) def. Alexandra Chater (LU): 8-2