Privateers drop competitive match against Gold Rush
NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans men’s tennis team wrapped up its 2017 regular season on Monday afternoon against NAIA powerhouse and nationally-ranked Xavier University of Louisiana, dropping a back-and-fourth bout at the top doubles flight in what proved to be the difference in a 4-3 loss for the Privateers against the No. 2 team in the NAIA.
In the loss, sophomore Jeffrey Hsu won in both singles and doubles play, with both opponents placing in the NAIA National Polls. In doubles play, Hsu and fellow sophomore Nicolas Kramer won 6-3 over the No. 21 tandem before defeating Antoine Richard, ranked No. 4 in the NAIA, in straight sets 7-6, 6-3 at the top slot.
“I thought we played well against a good team,” head coach Burzis Kanga said. “Xavier is one of the best teams in the NAIA this season, they will be competing for a national championships. We now have to recover and get ready for the Conference Tournament. This is a team that is always going to fight and will grow from this experience.”
Playing against a Xavier (11-5) team that has all three doubles pairings ranked in the NAIA national polls, New Orleans (7-12) managed to split on the second and third doubles courts with a 6-3 victory for Hsu and Kramer at the second flight before senior Luis Albuquerque and junior Giacomo Adoncecchi lost 6-2 to the 18th-ranked duo at the third position. In the deciding match for the doubles point, juniors Federico Boscarino and Federico Staksrud lost 7-6 at the top position to the No. 6 doubles pair.
Boscarino quickly bounced back from his doubles setback, prevailing 6-4, 6-4 at the second singles flight over No. 19 Mosses Michael to even up the overall score 1-1. Xavier retook the overall lead with a 6-3, 6-3 victory for No. 34 Catalin Fifea over Kramer before Hsu’s singles triumph plus a 6-3, 7-6 win for Adoncecchi at the sixth slot moved the Privateers one point from defeating the Gold Rush. The visitors prevailed 7-6, 6-4 at the third position and 7-5, 7-5 at the fifth flight to end the match.
Up next for New Orleans is the Southland Conference Championships, played in Beaumont, Texas, which begins on Friday, April 28.
#2 Xavier University of Louisiana 4, New Orleans 3
1. Jeffrey Hsu (UNO) def. #4 Antoine Richard (XULA) 7-6, 6-3
2. Federico Boscarino (UNO) def. #19 Moses Michael (XULA) 6-4, 6-4
3. #21 Karan Salwan (XULA) def. Federico Staksrud (UNO) 7-6, 6-4
4. #34 Catalin Fifea (XULA) def. Nicolas Kramer (UNO) 6-3, 6-3
5. Tushar Mandlekar (XULA) def. Luis Albuquerque (UNO) 7-5, 7-5
6. Giacomo Adoncecchi (UNO) def. Pierre Andrieu (XULA) 6-3, 7-6
1. #6 Antoine Richard/Moses Michael (XULA) def. Federico Staksrud/Federico Boscarino (UNO) 7-6
2. Jeffrey Hsu/Nicolas Kramer (UNO) def. #21 Catalin Fifea/Pierre Andrieu (XULA) 6-3
3. #18 Karan Salwan/Tushar Mandlekar (XULA) def. Luis Albuquerque/Giacomo Adoncecchi (UNO) 6-2