(New Orleans, La.) - The Loyola University New Orleans men’s and women’s tennis teams will travel to Jackson, Mississippi to compete in their last three matches of the regular season. On Friday, both teams will take on the Belhaven University Blazers at 5:00 p.m. On Saturday, first serve against Jackson State University is schedule for 9:30am and will be followed by a 2:00 pm matchup against Tougaloo College.
Last weekend the Wolf Pack faced the University of New Orleans Privateers at the UNO Tennis Center. On the men’s side, Tarun Surat battled against the Privateers’ Richard Campos in the number 1 singles spot but fell short of the victory 7-5, 6-4. Jason Belcher also played a tough match but fell 6-4, 6-1 against his opponent Abdelrahman Zaki in the number two singles position.
On the women’s side Meghan de Barconcelli led the Pack as she won three games in the first set, but fell to the Privateers’ Marta Sana 6-3, 6-2 in the top singles spot. Kanda Borgognoni won two games in the first set in the number two singles position, but fell short of the victory 6-2,6-0 against the Privateers’ Kristina Martic.
These upcoming matches will be the last regular season matches for seniors Frances Bonnin and Joshua Laviolette. Bonnin, a native of Ponce, Puerto Rico was the team captain for the women’s squad this year and will be the first Wolf Pack player to be a four year tennis letter winner at Loyola since the sport was added in 2010. This season Bonnin has played at #3 singles and teamed with de Baroncelli to play at the top doubles spot. Laviolette, a New Orleans native, has captained the men’s squad this season while earning three singles victories. He has primarily played at the #3 singles spot and teamed with freshman David Mayhall at #2 doubles.
The men’s team enters the final weekend of the regular season with a 4-8 record. The women’s team has a 3-9 record this year.