(Montgomery, AL) Loyola University New Orleans men’s and women’s tennis teams played at the SSAC Championship tournament on Thursday. The men’s team scored a 5-4 victory over Emmanuel College while the women fell 8-1 to Spring Hill College.
The men’s squad (5-11, 0-4) secured the first ever SSAC Tourney victory by defeating Emmanuel in a hard fought victory. Loyola earned victories at the number one and two doubles positions by identical 9-7 scores. The Pack fell at the third doubles position to set up a down to the wire singles finish. Eduardo Garica won 7-5, 7-6 at the sixth singles position, but Emmanuel answered with victories by Joaquin Marshall and Austin Spivey at the number two and five positions. Pasha Zinchenko of Emmanuel defeated Jaron Belcher in a three set match.
However, Loyola responded with three set victories by David Mayhall and Tarun Surat. Surat won 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 at the top singles spot while Mayhall won the first set 6-3 before losing 7-5 in the second spot. Mayhall then won the third set 6-0 over Carl Brown.
The women’s team (4-12, 0-4) fell 8-1 to Spring Hill as they swept the doubles matches. Meghan de Baroncelli scored the lone victory for the Wolf Pack by defeating Shelby Fritscher 7-5, 6-0 at the top singles position. De Baroncelli teamed with Frances Bonnin at the top doubles spot, but fell to Fritscher and Tara Montegut 8-4. Kanda Borgognoni won five games across her two set match, but ultimately fell to Montegut at number two singles.
With the victory, the men’s team advances to the quarterfinals of the SSAC Tournament where they will take on top seeded Auburn University at Montgomery at 9:00 a.m. at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center.
#8 Men vs. #9 Emmanuel
Loyola 5 Emmanuel 4
Surat/Belcher (LU) def. Smith/Zenchenko (EC) 9-7
Laviolette/Mayhall (LU) def. Norris/Marshall (EC) 9-7
Brown/Spivey (EC) def. Jones/Garcia (LU) 8-5
Tarun Surat (LU) def. Ty Smith (EC) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
Pasha Zinchenko (EC) def. Jaron Belcher (LU) 2-6, 6-4, (10-4)
Joaquin Marshall (EC) def. Joshua Laviolette (LU) 6-4, 6-1
David Mayhall (LU) def. Carl Brown (EC) 6-3, 5-7, 6-0
Austin Spivey (EC) def. Greg Jones (LU) 7-6, 6-0
Eduardo Garcia (LU) def. Cody Norris (EC) 7-5, 7-6
#9 Women vs. #8 Spring Hill
Loyola 1 Spring Hill 8
Fritscher/Montegut (SH) def. Bonnin/de Baroncelli (LU) 8-4
Castello/Michaelis (SH) def. Krtalic/Borgognoni (LU) 8-1
Hitt/Leeds (SH) def. Keene/Dejoie (LU) 8-0
Meghan de Baroncelli (LU) def. Shelby Fritscher (SH) 7-5, 6-0
Tara Montegut (SH) def. Kanda Borgognoni (LU) 6-4, 6-1
Elise Michaelis (SH) def. Frances Bonnin (LU) 6-1, 6-4
Monica Castello (SH) def. Christiana Krtalic (LU) 6-0, 6-2
Caroline Hitt (SH) def. Chelsea Keene (LU) 6-0, 6-2
Maggie Leeds (SH) def. Wesley Dejoie (LU) 6-1, 6-3