(New Orleans, La.) - The Loyola University New Orleans tennis team will return to action this weekend with contests against William Carey University, Tougaloo College, and Louisiana College. Friday afternoon, both the men and women’s teams will travel to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to face William Carey in a conference match and Tougaloo College in a non-conference match. Saturday afternoon they will return home to City Park to play Louisiana College.
Despite another win from Freshman Tarun Surat in the Pack’s last match, the Loyola men’s tennis team (1-5, 0-3) fell short of the victory against the University of Mobile Rams. “I think this weekend will be a good challenge for Tarun. He is currently 5-1 on the season and will definitely be a leader going into this weekend’s matches,” said head tennis team coach Zubin Engineer.
Turan was selected as the SSAC men’s tennis player of the week for the week of February 25th through March 3rd. Surat won the award as he moved 5-1 on the season in singles play with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Karlis Stonis during the last match against Mobile last Friday afternoon. He has played in the #1 singles position in every match this season. He was also the first winner of the player of the week for the Wolf Pack’s tennis team since 2011.
The women’s team (1-5, 0-3) was also unable to carry over the momentum from their last win over Emmanuel. “Both Tougaloo and Louisiana College will pose a good match for the women’s team this weekend,” said Engineer. In the last match, Wesley Dejoie won three of her four singles matches in a doubleheader before falling to the University of Mobile’s Sue Berner, 6-4, 7-6 (10-3).
On Friday afternoon, the first serve against the Crusaders in Hattiesburg, Mississippi will be at 3 p.m. The second match match against the Bulldogs is slated for 5 p.m. On Saturday, the match against Louisiana College is set to begin at 12 p.m. in New Orleans, at City Park.