NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University men’s (1-4) and women’s (2-4) tennis teams will host Spring Hill on Friday at 3 p.m. CT and William Carey on Saturday 2 p.m.
Last time out, the Wolfpack men fell in a tough 8-1 match while the women also dropped its match 9-0 against cross-town rival Xavier. Both teams fought extremely hard as the No. 1 doubles team of Brian Peña and Joshua Laviolette competed extremely well in a tight match before dropping the match 8-3 to the Gold Rush’s Zach Taylor and Loic Didavi. At the No. 4 singles spot, LU’s Matthew Farnham played XU’s Corey Huggins very close but fell in both sets 6-3. Xavier defaulted the final match, giving the Wolfpack its one win for the men. As for the women, no. 1 seed Meghan deBaroncelli and no. 6 seed Alexandra Chater pushed Xavier to the limit. However, deBaroncelli lost 6-1 and 6-3, while Chater fell 6-1 and 6-3.
The Badger men of Spring Hill (1-3) split their last two matches, defeating Transylvania University in a close 5-4 match before falling to No. 25 Belhaven 0-9. In their win over Transylvania, The Badgers dropped all three doubles matches but won the last five singles matches.
The Spring Hill women (2-1) most recently suffered their fist loss of the season to No. 21 Belhaven last weekend in a close 6-3 match. Spring Hill lost two of its three doubles matches before picking up wins as no. 1 seed Shelby Fritscher solidly defeated BU’s Ana Arreygue 6-0 and 6-1 while no. 2 seed McCall Hedrick won against I. Mire of Belhaven in a close 6-4 and 6-2 match. With Spring Hill up 3-2, they dropped the next four singles matches that gave Belhaven the win.
The 11th ranked Crusaders of William Carey (5-2) will be coming into Saturday’s match winning five consecutive matches. Most recently, the Crusaders defeated No. 23 Campbellsville 8-1. William Carey won all three doubles matches and only dropped the no. 3 singles match.
The 9th ranked William Carey women (6-5) split their last two matches falling 8-1 against No. 7 Brenau before defeating No. 23 Campbellsville 7-2. The Lady Crusaders picked up two doubles wins, and only lost the no. 5 seed match in singles play.
This is the first time this season the Loyola has competed against Spring Hill and William Carey. The Wolfpack was scheduled to take on the Badgers earlier this season but the matches were canceled due to rain.
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