(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University New Orleans men’s (4-11) and women’s (4-11) tennis teams head to the Lagoon Park Tennis Center in Montgomery, Alabama, this Thursday, April 18th for the Southern States Athletic Conference Championships.
The men will open the knockout round of the conference tournament as they take on Emmanuel College at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. With a victory, the Wolf Pack would advance to the quarterfinals where they would take on the top seed Auburn-Montgomery at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. Loyola squared off against Emmanuel one time earlier this season and the Wolf Pack emerged with an 8-1 victory in Mobile. Loyola swept the singles as none of the Wolf Pack players were forced to a third set.
The women will take on Spring Hill at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, a date with number one seeded Brenau awaits the winner of the Badgers and Wolf Pack. The Brenau match will be at 11:30 a.m. on Friday should the Pack advance. The Wolf Pack women played Spring Hill on February 8th, and the Badgers pulled out a 9-0 win.
In their last matches, the men’s team fell to both Jackson State 8-1 and 5-4 to Tougaloo College. Tarun Surat secured a point for the Wolf Pack in the first singles spot against Jackson State by defeating the Tigers’s Ernesto Morales 6-1, 6-1. Surat and partner Jaron Belcher lost 8-4 to Morales and Camilo Patino. In the second match of the day the top three men’s spots all scored convincing victories over Tougaloo College. Surat, Belcher, and Greg Jones all defeated their opponents while losing only one game between the three. Surat teamed up with Garcia to score the fourth Loyola point in the #2 doubles spot, but the top doubles team of Belcher and Jones fell to the Bulldogs 9-7.
The women’s team went 1-1 on the day while losing to the Jackson State Tigers 8-1, but defeating the Tougaloo Bulldogs in the second half of Saturday. For their first matchup with the Tigers, the women’s team mixed up their doubles teams as Meghan de Baroncelli teamed with Kanda Borgognoni for the first time this season. Borgognoni and de Baroncelli fought hard against the Tiger’s Kesica Jayapalan and Harshini Reddi, but fell short of the victory 9-7. Frances Bonnin also had a new partner this weekend, teaming up with Christiana Krtalic. They fell short of the win in the second doubles spot against Karen Martinez and Angela Condorelli 8-0. In the matchup against the Bulldogs, the women had a convincing victory as all three doubles teams earned wins. The women’s singles also dominated their Bulldog opponents as four Wolf Pack victors lost a combined five games in the entire match. Tougaloo’s two victories came as Bonnin and Chelsea Keene withdrew.