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Tennis: Men and Women Get Road Wins


David Collins, Athletics Communications Assistant

Men's Tennis story followed by Women's Road Win Story  
 
Cajuns Fight Past Southern Miss For A Solid Road Win


HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Powered by three straight set wins in top four singles, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's tennis team took their match at Southern Miss, 4-1, to improve to 12-8 on the season at the Southern Miss Tennis Facility.
           
The win gives the Cajuns their seventh win in eight seasons over the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, and it snapped a three-match winning streak that Southern Miss brought into the match.
           
Louisiana got wins from freshman Nico Sojka, at No. 1, senior Vlad Kramarov, at No. 3 and junior Arthur Libaud, at No. 4.  For Sojka it was the second straight match playing at No. 1 and the win was his first at the top of the lineup.  Kramarov's win snapped a two-match losing streak and Libaud got his second straight win.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Doubles): Louisiana came out and took the doubles point with wins from the pairing of Karmarov and sophomore Elio Lago, at No. 1, over USM's Merker/Reyes, 6-2.  And another win at No. 2, from sophomore Pearse Dolan and freshman Pierce Gilheany, 7-6, over the Golden Eagle pairing of Tseng/Tsai, wrapped up the doubles point giving the Cajuns a 1-0 lead heading into single.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Singles): Sojka's win at No. 1 was impressive, as he took down USM's Tom Cecchetto in straight sets, 7-6, 6-4.  After fighting through a tiebreaking win in the first set he controlled the second half of the second set to win his first career match at No. 1.
           
Kramarov handled his business at No. 3 beating the Golden Eagle's Ronit Bisht in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5.  Kramarov had to fight off tiebreakers in each set, but he did so finishing off each set before the tiebreaker could become a factor.
           
At No. 4 Libaud won his second straight match, over USM's Teeradon Tortrakul, in straight sets 6-4, 7-6.  Libaud had to close things out in a tiebreaker, but he made sure that his hard work in the first set wasn't wasted and he closed out his match, without having to play a deciding third set.
           
At No. 6 the Golden Eagles got their lone win when Jorman Reyes beat the Cajuns' Jamie Fraser, 6-4, 7-6.  But the Cajuns came away with the 4-1 win to get their weekend away from Cajun Courts off to a great start.

NOTEWORTHY: Sojka's win improves his singles record to 8-2; Libaud now sits at 7-9 in singles; Kramarov's singles record improves to a team best 12-6; Dolan and Gilheany improve to 8-1 together in doubles; Dolan's doubles record now sits at 11-1 and his combined record is a team best 21-4.

UP NEXT FOR THE CAJUNS: Louisiana now heads to New Orleans, La., to face the University of New Orleans on Sunday, Mar. 11 with that match scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

FOLLOWING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS: Follow the Cajuns on twitter (@RaginCajunsMT), Instagram (ragincajunsMT) and snapchat (ragincajunsmt) for content on the Cajuns as the wrap up the weekend.

Louisiana 4, Southern Miss 1
March 10, 2018 at Hattiesburg, Miss.
(Southern Miss Tennis Facility)
Doubles:
1.) Kramarov/Lago (LA) def. Merker/Reyes (USM) 6-2
2.) Dolan/Gilheany (LA) def. Tseng/Tsai (USM) 7-6
3.) Libaud/Fraser (LA) vs. Cecchetto/Kwasniewski (USM) DNF
 
Singles:
1.) Nico Sojka (LA) def. Tom Cecchetto (USM) 7-6, 6-4
2.) Elio Lago (LA) vs. Chung Han Tsai (USM) DNF
3.) Vlad Kramarov (LA) def. Ronit Bisht (USM) 7-5, 7-5
4.) Arthur Libaud (LA) def. Teeradon Tortrakul (USM) 6-4, 7-6
5.) Pearse Dolan (LA) vs. Wen-Po Tseng (USM) DNF
6.) Jorman Reyes (USM) def. Jamie Fraser (LA) 6-4, 7-6
 
 
Team Records:
Louisiana: 12-8
Southern Miss: 9-3

Women
Louisiana Sweeps DH At PVAMU Without Dropping A Point

 Powered by three straight set wins in top four singles, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's tennis team took their match at Southern Miss, 4-1, to improve to 12-8 on the season at the Southern Miss Tennis Facility.           The win gives the Cajuns their seventh win in eight seasons over the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, and it snapped a three-match winning streak that Southern Miss brought into the match.           Louisiana got wins from freshman , at No. 1, senior , at No. 3 and junior , at No. 4.  For Sojka it was the second straight match playing at No. 1 and the win was his first at the top of the lineup.  Kramarov's win snapped a two-match losing streak and Libaud got his second straight win.Louisiana came out and took the doubles point with wins from the pairing of Karmarov and sophomore , at No. 1, over USM's Merker/Reyes, 6-2.  And another win at No. 2, from sophomore and freshman , 7-6, over the Golden Eagle pairing of Tseng/Tsai, wrapped up the doubles point giving the Cajuns a 1-0 lead heading into single.Sojka's win at No. 1 was impressive, as he took down USM's Tom Cecchetto in straight sets, 7-6, 6-4.  After fighting through a tiebreaking win in the first set he controlled the second half of the second set to win his first career match at No. 1.           Kramarov handled his business at No. 3 beating the Golden Eagle's Ronit Bisht in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5.  Kramarov had to fight off tiebreakers in each set, but he did so finishing off each set before the tiebreaker could become a factor.           At No. 4 Libaud won his second straight match, over USM's Teeradon Tortrakul, in straight sets 6-4, 7-6.  Libaud had to close things out in a tiebreaker, but he made sure that his hard work in the first set wasn't wasted and he closed out his match, without having to play a deciding third set.           At No. 6 the Golden Eagles got their lone win when Jorman Reyes beat the Cajuns' , 6-4, 7-6.  But the Cajuns came away with the 4-1 win to get their weekend away from Cajun Courts off to a great start.Sojka's win improves his singles record to 8-2; Libaud now sits at 7-9 in singles; Kramarov's singles record improves to a team best 12-6; Dolan and Gilheany improve to 8-1 together in doubles; Dolan's doubles record now sits at 11-1 and his combined record is a team best 21-4.Louisiana now heads to New Orleans, La., to face the University of New Orleans on Sunday, Mar. 11 with that match scheduled to start at 2 p.m.Follow the Cajuns on twitter (@RaginCajunsMT), Instagram (ragincajunsMT) and snapchat (ragincajunsmt) for content on the Cajuns as the wrap up the weekend.1.) Kramarov/Lago (LA) def. Merker/Reyes (USM) 6-22.) Dolan/Gilheany (LA) def. Tseng/Tsai (USM) 7-63.) Libaud/Fraser (LA) vs. Cecchetto/Kwasniewski (USM) DNF 1.) (LA) def. Tom Cecchetto (USM) 7-6, 6-42.) (LA) vs. Chung Han Tsai (USM) DNF3.) (LA) def. Ronit Bisht (USM) 7-5, 7-54.) (LA) def. Teeradon Tortrakul (USM) 6-4, 7-65.) (LA) vs. Wen-Po Tseng (USM) DNF6.) Jorman Reyes (USM) def. (LA) 6-4, 7-6  Team Records:Louisiana: 12-8Southern Miss: 9-3

David Collins, Athletics Communications Assistant

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – Two wins on the day from senior Kelly Drew and sophomore Marina Rodriguez Garcia energized the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's tennis team to a doubleheader sweep of the Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers, 4-0, 4-0, at the PVAMU Tennis Facility.
           
The pair of wins improved the Cajuns record to 10-5, while the Lady Panther's record dropped to 2-14.  It extends the Cajuns winning streak against the Lady Panthers to five straight, with Louisiana having won the previous three times the two schools met on the court.
           
Senior Elena Sava clinched the first match of the day and Garcia clinched the second as Louisiana dropped only one set through the whole day, losing one of the doubles matches in the second match.  Freshman Floriane Picaut got a lone win on the day winning in the second match of the day.

MATCH #1
HOW IT HAPPENED (Doubles): At No. 3, Drew and Garcia got the Cajuns off on the winning foot, taking their match 6-1 over the Lady Panthers' Maxwell and Lackey.  And Louisiana quickly wrapped up the doubles point with a 6-2 win at No. 2 when Picaut and freshman Dana Radovanovic took down PVAMU's Ruhl and Findley to give the Cajuns a 1-0 lead heading into singles.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Singles): Drew snagged a win at No. 1 to get singles started, taking down PVAMU's Stacey Lackey in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0.  And at No. 6 Garcia posted the same score line, taking down the Lady Panther's Timara Maxwell, 6-2, 6-0, to quickly put the Cajuns up 3-0.
           
Louisiana clinched the match at No. 3 when senior Elena Sava took down PVAMU's Jimena Duran-Castellanos in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, to give the Cajuns a dominating 4-0 win in the first half of the day's doubleheader.

MATCH #2
HOW IT HAPPENED (Doubles): Drew and Garcia got their second win of the day in doubles, when at No. 3 they got the Cajuns off to a great start beating the pairing of Stacey Lackey and Jessica Lackey, 6-3.  But PVAMU would get their lone win on the entire day taking the next match at No. 2, 6-4, when Ruhl and Findley beat the Cajuns' pairing of Picaut and Radovanovic, 6-4.
           
Louisiana bounced right back, at No. 1, when Johnson and Sava battled through a tough match against PVAMU's Rama and Aranguiz, winning 7-6 to clinch the doubles point for the Cajuns to send them into singles up 1-0.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Singles): Picaut got the Cajuns a quick win in singles with a straight set win at No. 2 over PVAMU's Duran-Castellanos, 6-1, 6-2 and her win was followed by Drew at No. 1 whose straight set win, 6-2, 6-3, over Stacey Lackey to give the Cajuns a 3-0 lead in the match.
           
At No. 5 Garcia clinched the Cajuns sweep on the day with a straight set win, 6-4, 6-1, over the Lady Panther's Maxwell.  It gave the Cajuns their second 4-0 win on the day and locked up the doubleheader sweep.

NOTEWORTHY: Drew has now won five straight matches, all at No. 1, and her singles record improves to 8-3; Garcia improves to 8-5 in singles; Picaut now sits at 7-4 in singles; Sava improves to 4-7 in singles.

UP NEXT FOR THE CAJUNS: Louisiana now heads to Houston, Texas to face the No. 69 Houston Cougars on Monday, Mar. 12 with that match starting at 11 a.m.

FOLLOWING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS: Follow the Cajuns on twitter @RaginCajunsWT for updates during the matches, links to live stats and the final recap from the match.

March 10, 2018 at Prairie View A&M, Texas
(PVAMU Tennis Courts)
Match #1
Louisiana 4, Prairie View A&M 0
Doubles:
1.) Johnson/Sava (LA) vs. Rama/Aranguiz (PVAMU) DNF
2.) Picaut/Radovanovic (LA) def. Ruhl/Findley (PVAMU) 6-2
3.) Drew/Garcia (LA) def. Maxwell/Lackey (PVAMU) 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2*
 
Singles:
1.) Kelly Drew (LA) def. Stacey Lackey (PVAMU) 6-2, 6-0
2.) Floriane Picaut (LA) vs. Neharika Rama (PVAMU) DNF
3.) Elena Sava (LA) def. Jimena Duran-Castellanos (PVAMU) 6-2, 6-4
4.) Dana Radovanovic (LA) vs. Constanza Aranguiz (PVAMU) DNF
5.) Abby Johnson (LA) vs. Shaddae Findley (PVAMU) DNF
6.) Marina Rodriguez Garcia (LA) def. Timara Maxwell (PVAMU) 6-2, 6-0
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 3*
 
SIDE MATCHES (NOT EFFECTING OUTCOME OF MATCH):
Morgan Forshag (LA) def. Jessica Lackey (PVAMU) 6-3, 6-0
Carla Ortega (LA) def. Tatiana Ruhl (PVAMU) 6-1, 6-3
 
Records:
Louisiana: 9-5
Prairie View A&M: 2-13
 
Match #2
Louisiana 4, Prairie View A&M 0
Doubles:
1.) Johnson/Sava (LA) def. Rama/Aranguiz (PVAMU) 7-6
2.) Ruhl/Findley (PVAMU) def. Picaut/Radovanovic (LA) 6-4
3.) Drew/Garcia (LA) def. Lackey/Lackey (PVAMU) 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1*
 
Singles:
1.) Kelly Drew (LA) def. Stacey Lackey (PVAMU) 6-2, 6-3
2.) Floriane Picaut (LA) def. Jimena Duran-Castellanos (PVAMU) 6-1, 6-2
3.) Dana Radovanovic (LA) vs. Neharika Rama (PVAMU) DNF
4.) Abby Johnson (LA) vs. Constanza Aranguiz (PVAMU) DNF
5.) Marina Rodriguez Garcia (LA) def. Timara Maxwell (PVAMU) 6-4, 6-1
6.) Morgan Forshag (LA) vs. Tatiana Ruhl (PVAMU) DNF
Order of finish: 2, 1, 5*
 
SIDE MATCHES (NOT EFFECTING OUTCOME OF MATCH):
Carla Ortega (LA) vs. Tatiana Ruhl (PVAMU) DNF
 
Records:
Louisiana: 10-5
Prairie View A&M: 2-14
 


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