NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s (3-7, 0-4 SSAC) and women’s (4-7, 0-4 SSAC) will both face Spring Hill in the first round at the 2012 Southern States Athletic Conference Championship on Thursday, April 19, in Montgomery, Ala. The 9th seed Wolfpack men and the 8th seed Badgers are scheduled to begin play at 5 p.m. CT. The women, who are a 10th seed, will also face the 7th seed Spring Hill women at 5 p.m. CT. Both matches will take place from Lagoon Park.
“I am proud that both the men’s and women’s tennis teams have qualified for the first time for the SSAC conference championship,” Loyola head coach Zubin Engineer said. “Both teams are coming off their best performance since the start of the programs. I am optimistic that the teams will compete to the best of their ability.”
Both the Loyola men and women enter tournament play having split their final two matches of the season with a 9-0 win against Tougaloo and an 8-1 loss at Belhaven. This year, the men improved upon its record from a year ago, and the women tied its best record since 2010. This is also the Wolfpack’s first appearance in the SSAC conference tournament.
In their last outing against the Badgers, the Loyola men fell 5-4 in a hard fought match in New Orleans. After Loyola took the first two doubles matches, Spring Hill edged out the ‘Pack in singles, claiming four of the six singles matches.
In the regular season, the Badger women edged out Loyola 9-0 in New Orleans. The Badgers swept the ‘Pack in doubles to earn the early point, but freshman Meghan deBaroncelli would fight hard in the no. 1 singles spot to try to earn a point for the Wolfpack. After falling 6-0 in the first set, she fought hard and forced the second set into a tie break but would eventually fall 6-7 (3-7) in that tie break.
In the regular season, the Badger women edged out Loyola 9-0 in New Orleans. The Badgers swept the ‘pack in doubles to earn the early point, but freshman Meghan deBaroncelli would fight hard in the no. 1 singles spot to try to earn a point for the Wolfpack. After falling 6-0 in the first set, she battled hard and forced the second set into a tie break but eventually fell 6-7 (3-7) in that tie break.
The Badgers (5-6, 1-3 SSAC) enter postseason play having lost its last three matches. All three losses were on the road at Mobile (RV), at no. 11 William Carey and at Millsaps. Spring Hill will wrap up regular season play this Wednesday, April 18 when they head to Montgomery to take on Huntington College.
The Spring Hill women (7-3, 2-2 SSAC) head into the match having lost its last two. The Badgers recently fell at no. 9 William Carey and Millsaps last weekend. The women will also close out the regular season taking on Huntington College this Wednesday, April 18.
The winner of the Loyola/Spring Hill men’s match will face off against no. 5 Auburn Montgomery, the tournament’s no. 1 seed. That match will be played at 2 p.m. CT on Friday, April 20.
The winner of the Loyola/Spring Hill women’s match will also take on no. 1 Auburn Montgomery, the tournament’s no. 1 seed. That match will be take place on Friday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m. CT.