New Orleans Men’s Tennis drops 5-2 match to Penn

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Federico Boscarino wins fourth-straight doubles match in Privateers loss

NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans men’s tennis hosted the University of Pennsylvania in the first-ever contest between the two programs on Thursday afternoon, with the visiting Quakers taking a 5-2 match.

Junior Federico Boscarino earned his fourth doubles victory in as many matches, this time pairing up with sophomore Nicolas Kramer to take a 7-5 decision at the second position. Boscarino is now 6-2 in doubles action, 4-0 when playing in the second slot.

“I was pleased with how we played today,” head coach Burzis Kanga said. “I thought everyone came out and played well against a really good Penn team. I was pleased with how [Giacomo] Adoncecchi battled back in his singles match, he lost a competitive opening set in a match already decided but he battled back and won two tough sets against a good Penn player.”

Penn (8-3) claimed the doubles point with a 6-1 victory over senior Luis Albuquerque and sophomore Jeffrey Hsu at the top flight and a forfeited victory on the third court. The Quakers also earned a forfeited victory at the sixth singles position, putting the Privateers (4-4) down 2-0 before the first serve in singles play.

In singles play, Hsu dropped a 6-2, 6-2 match at the top position to move Penn one game away from clinching the victory, but Albuquerque brought UNO back into the match with a 6-2, 6-4 victory on the fifth court. Boscarino took the opening set of his match at the second flight 6-1, but dropped the ensuing two 6-1, 6-4 to give Penn the overall victory.

The final two matches to finish, Kramer at the third position and junior Giacomo Adoncecchi on the fifth court, both went to a third set which was played in a pro-style. Kramer’s match finished first, as the sophomore won his opener 7-6 before dropping the sequel 6-3. In the pro-style tiebreaker, Kramer lost 10-7.

In similar fashion, Adoncecchi’s opener also went 7-6, with his Penn counterpart taking the first set. The junior battled back and forced a third frame with a 7-5 victory, ending the match on a positive note for the Privateers with a 12-10 triumph in the tiebreaker.

The Privateers wrap up the three-match homestand on Saturday, Mar. 11 against Florida A&M at 11 a.m.

University of Pennsylvania 5, New Orleans 2

Singles competition
1. Josh Pompan (PENN) def. Jeffrey Hsu (UNO) 6-2, 6-2
2. Matt Nardella (PENN) def. Federico Boscarino (UNO) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
3. Nicholai Westergaard (PENN) def. Nicolas Kramer (UNO) 6-7, 6-3, 10-7
4. Luis Albuquerque (UNO) def. Max Cancilla (PENN) 6-2, 6-4
5. Giacomo Adoncecchi (UNO) def. Gabriel Rapoport (PENN) 6-7, 7-5, 12-10
6. Kaden Funk (PENN) def. No player (UNO), by forfeit

Doubles competition
1. Nicholai Westergaard/Matt Nardella (PENN) def. Jeffrey Hsu/Luis Albuquerque (UNO) 6-1
2. Nicolas Kramer/Federico Boscarino (UNO) def. Josh Pompan/Thomas Spratt (PENN) 7-5
3. Kaden Funk/Max Cancilla (PENN) def. No player/No player (UNO), by forfeit

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