NEW ORLEANS, La. –The Loyola University New Orleans men’s (1-3) and women’s (2-3) tennis teams each earned victories over Baker University Sunday afternoon from the University of New Orleans Tennis Center. The men’s team earned a 6-3 victory over the Wildcats, while the women pulled out a close 5-4 win.
“The teams competed very well,” said head coach Zubin Engineer. “They played hard right til the end. I think that was the deciding factor.”
In doubles play, LU’s Devon Belcher and Matt Farham solidly defeated Baker’s Zach Aldrich and Jordan Toothaker 8-3. Brian Peña and Joshua Laviolette competed extremely hard as the no. 1 seed, but fell in a close tie break 9-8 (10-7).
In singles play, Loyola only dropped five games in 12 sets. Peña and Farnham both earned two set victories. Farham was the deciding factor in the men’s game as he earned the fifth win in the match that sealed the deal for the ‘Pack. Belcher only dropped one game, while Laviolette and freshman Emmanuel Benjamin each fell to their opponents.
On the women’s side, the Wolfpack took all three doubles matches. Loyola’s Megan deBaroncelli and Francis Bonnin defeated Baker’s Peyton Edmonds and Caitlin Metseff 8-6 as the no. 1 seed. Katie Beargie and Cristiana Krtalic won for the ‘Pack 8-3 as the no. 2 seed versus Baker’s Danielle Griggs and Avery Vogts. The dynamic duo played extremely well together and were very aggressive.
In singles action, deBaroncelli was the only Wolfpack player to defeat a Lady Wildcat opponent. The no. 1 seed freshman solidly defeated Edmonds 6-3 and 6-0. Bonnin and freshman Caitlyn Chambers played very well as the no. 3 and no. 4 seed. However, Bonnin fell in three sets 6-1, 1-6, and 4-6, and Chambers fell 4-6, 6-6 (7-3). Baker defaulted the final match that gave the Wolfpack its final point.
Both teams return to action next Saturday, Mar. 17 against Xavier University from the University of New Orleans Tennis Center. The men are set to begin at 2 p.m. while the women will start at 4 p.m.