MOBILE, Ala. – The Loyola University New Orleans tennis team headed to the Mobile Tennis Center one final time on Saturday to wrap up play at the season’s first Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Roundup.
With both squads coming off 9-0 victories over Brewton-Parker earlier in the day, the Wolf Pack entered its match against the College of Coastal Georgia looking to end Saturday with two wins.
It came down to the final singles match on the men’s side but the No. 8 Mariners managed to escape Loyola 5-4 in the final match of the tournament. This was the second heartbreaking loss to a ranked opponent that the Wolf Pack suffered this weekend as the team started the roundup with a similar 5-4 defeat at the hands of No. 22 Middle Georgia State on Friday.
The tandems of Steven Le (SR/Tustin, Calif.)/Ernesto de Diego (JR/Panama City, Panama) and Maxime Rumeau (SO/Aix en Provence, France)/Sean Presti (SO/Lesigny, France) gave the Wolf Pack two victories in doubles play to put Loyola up 2-1 entering singles action.
The Mariners claimed wins at the first three singles spots before de Diego (No. 4) and Alexander DePascual (SO/Metairie, La.) (No. 5) knotted the match at 4-4 with just one singles match remaining. It all came down the No. 6 position match between Presti and Bautista Chiaradia, with the victory hanging in the balance. Presti took set one 6-4 before Chiaradia claimed set two 7-5. The final set was neck and neck throughout but Chiaradia eventually came out victories 6-4 to claim the three-set victory for the Mariners.
At the conclusion of the roundup, the Wolf Pack men’s team sits at 3-5 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
The Wolf Pack men’s team will faceoff against NCAA DI Penn on March 9 and 9:30 a.m.
The women’s match started almost exactly the same as the men’s with Margaret Adams (SO/Fairhope, Ala.)/Nadja Ochsner (FR/Stein, Switzerland) and Tori Sutherland (FR/Kenner, La.)/Ariana Del Mar Rivera (FR/Mayaguez, Puerto Rico) putting the Wolf Pack up 2-1 entering singles play.
Down 1-2, Coastal Georgia managed to sweep the singles matches to battle all the back and claim the 7-2 victory in Mobile.
The women’s team is currently 2-7 overall and 1-3 in the SSAC following Saturday’s action.
The Wolf Pack women return to action with a match against SSAC opponent No. 12 William Carey on March 11. Action from the City Park Tennis Center is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.