Jackson, Miss.- Loyola women’s tennis program captured the first victories since the program returned this spring after it was discontinued in the 1990’s. Claire Landry led the Wolfpack charge with wins against GCAC foes Belhaven and Tougaloo on Saturday.
In the Belhaven tilt, Landry led winning the opening doubles match 8-5 with partner Katherine Beargie. Rachel Crump and Frances Sweeney captured the third doubles match 8-6 for Loyola.
In singles, Landry forced several Belhaven errors winning 7-5, 6-4 over Natalia Krier. Hannah Neal netted a big win in singles as well with a 7-6, 6-2 result against Tiffany Myles. With the score tied at 4-4, Crump came through for the Wolfpack in the decisive win 6-1, 6-3 over Rachel Henderson to help the team win the tie at 5-4.
In the nightcap, Loyola blanked Tougaloo 5-0. Landry and Beargie opened doubles play with an 8-3 win. Neal and Frances Bonnin won their match up over Coleman and Carmen Burton 8-6, while Crump and Sweeney completed the doubles sweep with an 8-4 defeat of Breeland and Maya May.
Landry and Beargie easily dispatched their singles opponents to give Loyola their second victory on the day. The Pack improved to 2-3 on the season and 2-2 in GCAC play. They return to action on Saturday, March 6 in Shreveport against LSUS. The match will begin at 3 p.m.
“I was pleased with the team’s performance. We played with focus and determination. This was a total team win and I am extremely proud of our team, getting our first tennis victories since the 90’s,” said Loyola head tennis coach Zubin Engineer.