(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s tennis defeated Schreiner University 5-4 in a matchup at City Park in New Orleans on Friday afternoon. The women fell to Schreiner by a score of 8-1.
The men’s team (4-6) took an early lead by winning the doubles matchups 2-1 thanks to victories by the #1 team of Tarun Surat and Jaron Belcher and the #2 squad of Joshua Laviolette and David Mayhall. Tarun Surat moved to 9-1 on the season in singles matches as he defeated Schreiner’s Austin Carrola 6-2, 6-2 at the #1 singles position. Belcher posted a victory without losing a game as he swept Stephen Rogers 6-0, 6-0. David Mayhall clinched the Wolf Pack’s fourth victory of the season as he defeated Josh Ramirez 6-2, 7-5. The Mountaineers were able to pick up a hard fought victory over Joshua Laviolette as Nathan West won in three sets 7-5, 3-6, (10-8) but it wasn’t enough.
The Wolf Pack men have now won three straight matches, the best streak in program history. The victory gave the men’s program their most wins in a season since the program was reinstated as well as their first win against a NCAA opponent.
The women’s team (3-7) fell to the Mountaineers despite a victory at the #1 singles position by Meghan de Baroncelli. De Baroncelli defeated Leanna Haynes 6-2, 6-1. De Baroncelli and her partner Frances Bonnin were closest to securing another point for Loyola, but they fell 8-5 to Haynes and Shelby Thompson.
Both of the Loyola tennis teams will return to action on Saturday afternoon as they host Alcorn State at 1:00 p.m. at City Park.
Loyola 5 Schreiner 4
Surat/Belcher (LU) def. Carrola/Rogers (SU) 8-4
Laviolette/Mayhall (LU) def. West/Conoly (SU) 8-2
Lozano/Ramirez (SU) def. Jones/Garcia (LU) 8-2
Tarun Surat (LU) def. Austin Carrola (SU) 6-2, 6-2
Jaron Belcher (LU) def. Stephen Rogers (SU) 6-0, 6-0
Nathan West (SU) def. Joshua Laviolette (LU) 7-5, 3-6, (10-8)
David Mayhall (LU) def. Josh Ramirez (SU) 6-2, 7-5
Marco Hinojosa (SU) def. Greg Jones (LU) 6-1, 6-0
Christian Casillas (SU) def. Eduardo Garcia (LU) 6-3, 6-4
Loyola 1 Schreiner 8
Haynes/Thompson (SU) def. de Baroncelli/Bonnin (LU) 8-5
Swink/Gaitan (SU) def. Borgognoni/Krtalic (LU) 8-4
Spahn/Ohlman (SU) def. Keene/Dejoie (LU) 8-2
Meghan de Baroncelli (LU) def. Leanna Haynes (SU) 6-2, 6-1
Shelby Thompson (SU) def. Kanda Borgognoni (LU) 6-4, 6-1
Teresa Gaitan (SU) def. Frances Bonnin (LU) 6-3, 6-2
Karyn Swink (SU) def. Christiana Krtalic (LU) 6-0, 6-0
Kelley Spahn (SU) def. Chelsea Keene (LU) 6-1, 6-0
Brooke Ohlman (SU) def. Wesley Dejoie (LU) 6-1, 6-3