NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s (2-6) and women’s (3-6) each earned victories in their final home match of the 2012 season over Tougaloo College Friday afternoon from the University of New Orleans Tennis Center. The men earned a 7-2 victory, while the women won 8-1.
In doubles play, the no. 1 team of Loyola’s Devon Belcher and Matthew Farnham defeated Tougaloo’s Myles Creese and Douglas Walker 8-2. The Wolfpack’s no. 2 team, Joshua Laviolette and Tony Benjamin also bested their opponents, defeating Julius Gladney and Jimmy Pomerlee of the Bulldogs 8-4. Loyola defaulted the third doubles match giving the ‘Pack a 2-1 lead heading into singles play.
In singles action, Loyola only dropped one game in 11 sets played. All Loyola men players won their matches with Belcher defeating Creese 6-1 and 6-4, Laviolette beat Walker 6-3 and 6-1, Farnham downed Julius Gladney 6-1 and 6-0, freshman Eduardo Garcia fought hard in three sets winning 2-6, 7-5, and (10-8), while Benjamin rounded out all LU winners 6-2 and 6-3. The Wolfpack defaulted the final singles match, giving the Bulldogs their second point.
For the women, Loyola’s Meghan deBaroncelli and Cristiana Krtalic won handily over Tougaloo’s Maya May and Carmen Burton 8-1. After Symone Booth and Alesha Regus of the Lady Bulldogs defeated the ‘Pack’s Katie Beargie and Alexandra Chater, they defaulted the final doubles match which gave Loyola a 2-1 lead heading into singles play. The Wolfpack women also won every singles match and only dropped one set in 11 played. deBaroncelli solidly defeated Burton 6-0 and 6-0, Beargie beat Booth 6-3 and 6-1, freshman Caitlyn Chambers won against Regus 6-1 and 6-4, Krtalic fought hard in tie break but won 6-2, 6-6 (10-7), and sophomore Chelsea Keene rounded out the winners defeating Catherine Robinson of Tougaloo 6-1 and 6-0. The Lady Bulldogs defaulted the final singles match giving LU the 8-1 win.