Privateers’ six-match winning streak snapped in loss against Abilene Christian
ABILENE, Texas – The University of New Orleans women’s tennis team took on Abilene Christian on Saturday afternoon in a matchup between two of the top teams in the Southland Conference this season, losing 4-3 despite senior Anna Segarra Rius reaching a career milestone.
The Barcelona, Spain native won her match in singles play in straight-sets 7-5, 6-3 for her 50th career singles victory, becoming just the second women’s tennis player to do so since 2000. The four-year starter has posted double-digit wins in each of her first three seasons, with nine so far this season. Including doubles play, Rius has 82 victories in her career at UNO.
“She is an incredible tennis player,” head coach Burzis Kanga said. “Since she first arrived here as a freshman she has elevated the play of everyone around her. On and off the court she is a leader, you don’t see someone like her often.”
Abilene Christian (14-4, 6-1 Southland Conference) won all three of the doubles matches to lead the overall contest 1-0 heading into singles play. The Wildcats moved one match away from clinching the victory with quick 6-3, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-0 scores on courts five and six against sophomore Brittany Johnson and senior Yasmine Rashad, before a run of three victories from the Privateers tied the score at 3-all.
Sophomore Trang Dao, playing at the top flight, got the first win for the Privateers with a 6-2, 6-4 victory. Freshman Claudette Gilhespie followed shortly with a 6-3, 6-4 win at the fourth position, with Rius winning her match to put the decision onto court two. Junior Anja Luethi played at the second slot for UNO, losing 6-4, 6-4 to end the contest.
“We lost a close match today,” Kanga said. “It was one of those matches where loosing that doubles point came back to haunt us. When you look back at most of our 4-3 losses we won the majority of the singles matches, but head into them trailing 1-0 overall.”
UNO takes a break from league play with a road match at Jackson State on Wednesday, Mar. 29. The Privateers return to the Lakefront on Friday, Mar. 31 when they host Middle Tennessee.
Abilene Christian 4, New Orleans 3
1. Trang Dao (UNO) def. Erin Walker (ACU) 6-2, 6-4
2. Lucile Pothier (ACU) def. Anja Luethi (UNO) 6-4, 6-4
3. Anna Segarra Rius (UNO) def. Whitney Williams (ACU) 7-5, 6-2
4. Claudette Gilhespie (UNO) def. Sarah Adams (ACU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Autumn Crossnoe (ACU) def. Brittany Johnson (UNO) 6-3, 6-3
6. Jordan Henry (ACU) def. Yasmine Rashad (UNO) 6-1, 6-0
1. Whitney Williams/Lucile Pothier (ACU) def. Anja Luethi/Anna Segarra Rius (UNO) 6-2
2. Sarah Adams/Erin Walker (ACU) def. Trang Dao/Yasmine Rashad (UNO) 6-0
3. Autumn Crossnoe/Jordan Henry (ACU) def. Brittany Johnson/Claudette Gilhespie (UNO) 6-2