(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University New Orleans tennis team returned to the City Park Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon to welcome both nationally ranked squads from William Carey University to the Crescent City for a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) showdown.
Saturday’s match was a tall order for both Wolf Pack squads as the (RV) men’s team battled a Crusaders squad ranked No. 6 in the country while the Loyola women squared off against the No. 12 ranked William Carey unit at City Park.
Men – William Carey 7 Loyola 2
For the men, the duo of Steven Le and Ernesto Di Diego got the lone win for Loyola in doubles, defeating the tandem of Paul Chabaud and Lucien Samitier 8-6 at No. 1 doubles.
Maxime Rumeau also had a strong performance for the Wolf Pack on Saturday as sophomore bested William Carey’s Clement Fosee 6-4,2-6,7-6 in a three-set thriller. Entering the match, Fosee made up one half of the No. 24 ranked doubles team (with Christian Hansson) in the NAIA.
Following Saturday’s defeat, Loyola drops to 3-7 overall and 1-3 in SSAC play. The Wolf Pack will travel to Mobile on March 24 to take part in the second SSAC Roundup of the season.
1. Vladslav Ladygin (WCU) def. Steven Le (LOYNO) 6-1, 6-0
2. Lucien Samitier (WCU) def. Galileo Cabrales (LOYNO) 6-2, 6-0
3. Maxime Rumeau (LOYNO) def. Clement Fosse (WCU) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6
4. Hugo Robuchon (WCU) def. Ernesto de Diego (LOYNO) 6-4, 6-3
5. Paul Chabaud (WCU) def. Alexander DePascual (LOYNO) 6-2, 6-2
6. Christian Hansson (WCU) def. Sean Presti (LOYNO) 6-3, 6-3
1. Steven Le/Ernesto de Diego (LOYNO) def. Paul Chabaud/Lucien Samitier (WCU) 8-6
2. Christian Hansson/Vladslav Ladygin (WCU) def. Maxime Rumeau/Sean Presti (LOYNO) 8-2
3. Hugo Robuchon/Clement Fosse (WCU) def. Alexander DePascual/Galileo Cabrales (LOYNO) 8-3
Women – William Carey 9 Loyola 0
On the women’s side, William Carey proved to be a formidable opponent for Loyola and despite some great individual efforts by the Wolf Pack, the Crusaders left New Orleans with the 9-0 victory.
Loyola (2-9, 1-4 SSAC) will hit the court next for the second SSAC Roundup of the year on March 24 in Mobile, Ala.
1. Jelena Dordan (WCU) def. Koral Martinez (LOYNO) 6-2, 6-3
2. Aleksandra Grela (WCU) def. Nadja Ochsner (LOYNO) 6-2, 6-0
3. Natalila Baliaeva (WCU) def. Miranda Cano (LOYNO) 6-1, 6-2
4. Wendy Barsotti (WCU) def. Margaret Adams (LOYNO) 6-0, 6-0
5. Lorena Jimenez (WCU) def. Tori Sutherland (LOYNO) 6-0, 6-2
6. Daria Veretennikova (WCU) def. Ariana Rivera (LOYNO) 6-1, 6-0
1. Jelena Dordan/Aleksandra Grela (WCU) def. Koral Martinez/Nadja Ochsner (LOYNO) 8-2
2. Natalila Baliaeva/Wendy Barsotti (WCU) def. Miranda Cano/Margaret Adams (LOYNO) 8-3
3. Lorena Jimenez/Daria Veretennikova (WCU) def. Tori Sutherland/Ariana Rivera (LOYNO) 8-0