(New Orleans, La.) - This weekend the Loyola University New Orleans men’s and women’s tennis teams will play against Tougaloo University on Saturday February 23 at City Park with first serve scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Loyola was originally scheduled to take on Spring Hill College on Friday, February 22nd but the match was postponed due to rain. A makeup date has yet to be determined.
The Wolf Pack last took to the court on February 9th as both the men and women’s teams split a doubleheader. Both squads fell to the University of Mobile but were able to rebound with a victory over Emmanuel College. The Wolf Pack men (1-4, 0-3) will be looking for their second win of the season as they play a non-conference match against the Tougaloo College Bulldogs (0-4). The Wolf Pack women (1-4,0-3) will face Tougaloo College (0-4). The Bulldogs dropped their previous match 7-1 against Spring Hill.
In the last men’s tennis match up, Loyola fell short of the victory against the Mobile Rams despite the win by Tarun Surat. Surat followed up his victory over Fernando Paiva by moving to 4-1 on the season with a victory over Pasha Zenchenko of Emmanuel. Jaron Belcher won the first set and battled hard in the second, but fell in the tiebreaker to Lucas Tristao of Mobile. Belcher then went on to defeat Joaquin Marshall as Loyola swept the singles matches against Emmanuel. The men lost to Mobile 8-1 before defeating Emmanuel 8-1.
The Loyola also fell to the Rams, 7-2, but the team responded with a 5-4 victory over Emmanuel in their last matchup. Freshman Wesley Dejoie secured two critical points for the Wolf Pack in the matchup against Mobile. Dejoie secured the first singles victory of her career by defeating Cynthia Summergill in straight sets. Dejoie partnered with Chelsea Keene to secure the lone Wolf Pack doubles victory over Summergill and Mariana Velozo. The women swept through the doubles match. Dejoie secured a point by defeating Leeanna Tucker 6-1, 6-0. Meghan de Baroncelli helped provide the Pack with the win by defeating Christianne Tetley at the number one singles position and teaming with Frances Bonnin to win their doubles match against Tetley and Olivia Gish.