NEW ORLEANS MEN’S TENNIS SOARS ABOVE CARDINALS 4-3
Privateers best Southland Conference foe UIW behind strong singles play
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The University of New Orleans men’s tennis began its five-match road swing on Tuesday afternoon against Incarnate Word, finding themselves in a tied 3-3 skirmish with the fate of the match resting in the results of the second flight. Junior Federico Boscarino, representing the Privateers on court two, lost the opening set 1-6, but forced a third with a 6-4 second frame win and prevailed in the finale 7-5 to give UNO the 4-3 victory.
In the win, the duo of senior Luis Albuquerque and junior Giacomo Adoncecchi won their doubles match on the third court, with both winning in singles to help propel the Privateers (5-5, 2-0 Southland Conference) to the victory over UIW (4-11, 0-1 Southland Conference).
“Considering our situation, I was pleased with the results today,” head coach Burzis Kanga said. “This was not the greatest UIW team we have faced, if we had come in healthy we probably could have won 5-2 or 6-1 but we are still battling illnesses which is preventing us from playing at our full potential. We have another tough match tomorrow against Marquette. We are going to have to play better than we did today if we want to beat them.”
In doubles play, the Cardinals won the point with victories at the top two positions. The sides split 6-3 decisions on courts two and three, with Adoncecchi and Albuquerque winning while the pair of sophomore Jeffrey Hsu and Nicolas Kramer lost to put the doubles point’s fate at the top flight. The pair of junior Boscarino and Federico Staksrud, who entered the contest undefeated when teamed-up, lost in a tiebreaker to give their UIW counterpart the 7-6 win.
The Privateers quickly found themselves down 2-0 overall, as Kramer retired from his match in the first set, but a fast 6-1, 6-2 victory for Hsu at the top flight plus a 6-4, 6-2 cruise for Adoncecchi on the sixth court knotted up the overall score. Albuquerque brought UNO one win away from clinching the overall contest with a 6-4, 7-6 win at the fifth slot, before a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 setback for Staksrud at the third flight tied it up at 3-3.
UNO plays another match in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday, Mar. 15 against Marquette with the Texas leg of the five-match road swing on Saturday, Mar. 25 against Abilene Christian. Following the three matches, the Privateers continue the road swing at Jackson State on Wednesday, Mar. 29 at 2 p.m. UNO returns home on Sunday, Apr. 2 when they host Southland Conference foe Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 11 a.m.
New Orleans 4, UIW 3
1. Jeffrey Hsu (UNO) def. Sebastian Mortier (UIW) 6-1, 6-2
2. Federico Boscarino (UNO) def. Francisco Bendana (UIW) 1-6, 6-4, 7-5
3. Ivanhoe Lissanevitch (UIW) def. Federico Staksrud (UNO) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
4. Joey Vatanadilok (UIW) def. Nicolas Kramer (UNO) 3-0, retired
5. Luis Albuquerque (UNO) def. Caleb Dyer (UIW) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
6. Giacomo Adoncecchi (UNO) def. Nedim Ahmic (UIW) 6-4, 6-2
1. Joey Vatanadilok/Francisco Bendana (UIW) def. Federico Boscarino/Federico Staksrud (UNO) 7-6
2. Sebastian Mortier/Caleb Dyer (UIW) def. Jeffrey Hsu/Nicolas Kramer (UNO) 6-3
3. Giacomo Adoncecchi/Luis Albuquerque (UNO) def. Ivanhoe Lissanevitch/Nedim Ahmic (UIW) 6-3