Men's Tennis: Ragin' Cajuns' Comeback Falls Just Short Against TAMCC
David Collins, Athletics Communications Assistant
Story LinksLAFAYETTE – After storming back in singles to push things to doubles, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's tennis team dropped that doubles point to lose their first match in five contests, 4-3, to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders in the final match of a busy weekend at Cajun Courts.
In singles freshman Nico Sojka remained undefeated, improving to 7-0, sophomore Elio Lago won his sixth straight match and sophomore Jamie Fraser snagged the win that pushed things to doubles, to give the Cajuns three wins in singles.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Singles): It was a contested match from start to finish, with things going back and forth throughout the entire singles contest. TAMCC took the first match at No. 5 when Biyik Akinshemoyin beat Louisiana freshman Dominik Koenig, 6-4, 6-3 to go up 1-0.
The Islanders took the next two matches, both at the top of the lineup, to go up 3-0 in the match. At No. 1, Cajuns senior Vlad Kramarov lost to TAMCC's William Mottet in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. And at No. 2 junior Arthur Libaud lost to the Islanders Francois Kellerman in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 to put TAMCC up 3-0, placing them one win away from clinching.
Lago got the Cajuns started on the comeback trail, with a straight set, 6-2, 7-6, win at No. 4 over TAMCC's Thomas Rodrigues Lopes to put the Cajuns on the board. Sojka stayed the course on his great start to his freshman season, remaining undefeated, in a three-straight battle, at No. 3, over Carlos Pedrosa Cuevas, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
It meant that for the match to be extened to doubles, Louisiana would have to take the match at No. 6. And Fraser was up to the task, but it wasn't easy for the Cajuns sophomore as he battled through his own three-set marathon. After almost winning things in straight sets, losing in a tiebreaker, Fraser came out determined to finish off TAMCC's Kyohei Yamanaka and Fraser took the third set running, to win the match, 6-3, 6-7, 6-1. It tied the score up at 3-3 and it meant that the match would be decided in doubles.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Doubles): Louisiana took the first doubles match, at No. 3, when Libaud and Fraser took down Pedrosa/Tanabe, 6-1, to put the Cajuns up a match in doubles. But TAMCC would win the next two doubles matches, first they got the win at No. 2, when Rodrigues/Mottet took down Louisiana freshman Pierce Gilheany and Sojka.
The Islanders clinched the victory at No. 1 when the Kellerman duo beat Louisiana's Lago and Kramarov, 6-3, to wrap up the win. It snapped the Cajuns five match winning streak, but Louisiana had shown that they're not a team that goes down without a fight having pushed things to the brink.
UP NEXT FOR THE CAJUNS: Louisiana now takes it's show back on the road, as they head to Corpus Christi, Texas to take part in the HEB Invitational hosted by these same Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders. The tournament stretches over two days and it starts on Friday, Mar. 2 and wraps up the next day on Saturday, Mar. 3.
FOLLOWING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS: Follow the Cajuns on twitter @RaginCajunsMT for updates during the matches, links to live stats and a link to the final recap following the day's action.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4, Louisiana 3
February 24, 2018 at Lafayette, La.
1.) Kellerman/Kellerman (TAMCC) def. Lago/Kramarov (LA) 6-3
2.) Rodrigues/Mottet (TAMCC) def. Sojka/Gilheany (LA) 6-3
3.) Libaud/Fraser (LA) def. Pedrosa/Tanabe (TAMCC) 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1*
1.) William Mottet (TAMCC) def. Vlad Kramarov (LA) 6-4, 6-2
2.) Francois Kellerman (TAMCC) def. Arthur Libaud (LA) 6-4, 6-3
3.) Nico Sojka (LA) def. Carlos Pedrosa Cuevas (TAMCC) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
4.) Elio Lago (LA) def. Thomas Rodrigues Lopes (TAMCC) 6-2, 7-6
5.) Biyik Akinshemoyin (TAMCC) def. Dominik Koenig (LA) 6-4, 6-3
6.) Jamie Fraser (LA) vs. Kyohei Yamanaka (TAMCC) 6-3, 6-7, 6-1
Order of finish: 5, 1, 2, 4, 3, 6*
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: 11-1