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Tennis: Men Drop Close Match to #61 Ga. State; Women Lose Close One To Arkansas State
Ragin' Cajuns Fight Until The End In Loss At No. 61 GSU
ATLANTA – In their final regular season match the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's tennis team fell to the No. 61 Georgia State Panthers, 4-3, at the GSU-Clarkston Campus Tennis Courts, but the Cajuns fought to the finish, winning the final two matches on the day after the Panthers clinched the win.
Junior Arthur Libaud got his ninth straight win in singles, and sophomore Pearse Dolan won his seventh straight match as the Cajuns fought to the finish. Sophomore Elio Lago got back to winning ways, winning his singles match to give him 14 wins in his past 15 matches.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Doubles): The Cajuns started day in a 1-0 hole, dropping all three doubles matches. The first match to finish was at No. 3 when Georgia State's duo Andrukhou and Showers beat the Cajuns pairing of Dolan and freshman Nico Sojka 6-1.
No. 2 finished next, when the Panthers' duo of Hussey and MacFarlane beat Libaud and sophomore Jamie Fraser, 6-3, that win locked up the doubles point for the Panthers. The match at No. 1 was played out following the result at No. 2 and Georgia State's pairing of Duarte and Acuna beat Lago and senior Vlad Kramarov, 6-4.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Singles): Georgia State then took a 2-0 lead with the first win in singles, coming at No. 1 when Andrei Andrukhou beat Sojka in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2. Louisiana then got on the board at No. 5, when Dolan snatched a straight set win, 6-1, 6-4, over Bailey Showers, to put the score at 2-1.
The Panthers then won the next two matches to clinch the victory. They got their next win at No. 6 when Jack MacFarlane beat Fraser 6-2, 6-3. Georgia State then clinched things at No. 4 when Kramarov fell to Giles Hussey, 6-3, 6-3.
Georgia State's win at No. 4 locked up the win, but the Cajuns weren't finished just yet. Showing the fight, they've had all season long, they took the next two matches to show they were ready in-case of a rematch in the Sun Belt Conference Men's Championships that are right around the corner.
The road to proving a point started at No. 3 when Libaud fought off Georgia State's Quentin Coulaud in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5. Louisiana then finished off the day on a positive note, taking the final match of the day at No. 2 when Lago took down Sebastian Acuna in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2. The final two wins by the Cajuns put the final score at 4-3 and the Cajuns came off the courts with their heads held high.
UP NEXT FOR THE CAJUNS: With the 2018 regular season wrapped up, the Cajuns head to Peachtree, Ga., for the SBC Men's Tennis Championships that start on Friday, Apr. 20 and run until Sunday, Apr. 22 where a conference champion will be crowned.
FOLLOWING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS: Follow the Cajuns on twitter (@RaginCajunsMT), Instagram (ragincajunsMT) and snapchat (ragincajunsmt) for updates during the match, links to live stats, and recap following the day's action.
No. 61 Georgia State 4, Louisiana 3
Apr. 6, 2018 at Atlanta, Ga.
(GSU Clarkston-Campus Tennis Courts)
1.) Duarte/Acuna (GSU) def. Lago/Kramarov (LA) 6-4
2.) Hussey/MacFarlane (GSU) def. Libaud/Fraser (LA) 6-3
3.) Andrukhou/Showers (GSU) def. Sojka/Dolan (LA) 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2*, 1
1.) Andrei Andrukhou (GSU) def. Nico Sojka (LA) 6-0, 6-2
2.) Elio Lago (LA) def. Sebastian Acuna (GSU) 7-5, 6-2
3.) Arthur Libaud (LA) def. Quentin Coulaud (GSU) 7-5, 7-5
4.) Giles Hussey (GSU) def. Vlad Kramarov (LA) 6-3, 6-3
5.) Pearse Dolan (LA) def. Bailey Showers (GSU) 6-1, 6-4
6.) Jack MacFarlane (GSU) def. Jamie Fraser (LA) 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 6, 4*, 3, 2
Georgia State: 11-9
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Cajuns Come Up Just Short In Loss To Arkansas State
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – Despite a great attempt at mounting a comeback, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's tennis team fell just short of finishing off the deed, losing to the Arkansas State Red Wolves, 4-3, at the Bobcat Tennis Complex.
The loss snaps a three-matching winning streak for the Cajuns and it drops their record to 14-8, while the win improves the Red Wolves record to 5-12.
Senior Abby Johnson, sophomore Marina Rodriguez Garcia and freshman Floriane Picaut all got wins in singles to help the Cajuns push things to the brink. Their wins helped the Cajuns storm back from dropping the doubles point, and things went down to the final match before the Cajuns fell just short of the completing the comeback.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Doubles): Louisiana would drop the doubles point, but they did start things off with a win when at No. 3, senior Kelly Drew and Garcia beat the Red Wolves pairing of Jeresic and Venter, 6-3. But the Cajuns would drop the next to matches to drop the point, starting with Picaut and fellow freshman Dana Radovanovic's loss to King and O'Brien at No. 2, 6-4.
The Red Wolves then locked up the doubles point with a win at No. 1, when Arkansas State's pair of Detlava and Masdevall-Masip, beat Johnson and senior Elena Sava, 7-5. The loss for Louisiana meant they entered singles play down 1-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Singles): The Cajuns bounced right back from the doubles point with a win at No. 5 when Johnson beat Shannon O'Brien in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2 and that win was followed up by Picaut who's straight set, 6-4, 6-3, win over Anita Detlava at No. 2 put the Cajuns on top 2-1.
Arkansas State then tied things up at 2-2, with a win at No. 3 when Sabina Jeresic beat Sava, 6-2, 6-2. But Louisiana wrestled the lead right back, when at No. 6 Garcia came back from dropping the first set, to beat Kristy Venter, 3-6, 7-5, 6-0. Garcia fought through the second-set to keep the match alive, and she made sure to pin down her opponent in the final set to win the match.
But Arkansas State would stick around, and they took the next two matches to snatch victory from the Cajuns. Louisiana didn't just lay down though, as both of the final two matches would go the full three-sets.
At No. 1, Drew dropped her match in three-sets to Shelby King, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. The final set was a bit of a battle, and Drew stayed with King, but King won out over the final two points to take the match and tie things out at 3-3.
It then meant that everything came down to the match at No. 4 between Radovanovic and Arkansas State's Berta Masdevall-Masip. Radovanovic took the first set, but Masdevall-Masip pulled out the next two sets to come away with the clinching win for the Red Wolves, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2. It meant that the Cajuns valiant effort at a comeback would come up one match short as they took a 4-3 loss.
UP NEXT FOR THE CAJUNS: The Cajuns wrap up the weekend in San Marcos, with one final match against UT Arlington, on Saturday, Apr. 7, with that match starting at 2 p.m.
FOLLOWING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS: Follow the Cajuns on twitter @RaginCajunsWT for updates during the match, links to any live stats and the recap following the day's action.
Arkansas State 4, Louisiana 3
April 6, 2018 at San Marcos, Texas
(Bobcat Tennis Complex)
1.) Detlava/Masdevall-Masip (ASU) def. Johnson/Sava (LA) 7-5
2.) King/O'Brien (ASU) def. Picaut/Radovanovic (LA) 6-4
3.) Drew/Garcia (LA) def. Jeresic/Venter (ASU) 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1*
1.) Shelby King (ASU) def. Kelly Drew (LA) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
2.) Floriane Picaut (LA) def. Anita Detlava (ASU) 6-4, 6-3
3.) Sabina Jeresic (ASU) def. Elena Sava (LA) 6-2, 6-2
4.) Berta Masdevall-Maspi (ASU) def. Dana Radovanovic (LA) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
5.) Abby Johnson (LA) def. Shannon O'Brien (ASU) 6-0, 6-2
6.) Marina Rodriguez Garcia (LA) def. Kirsty Venter (ASU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-0
Order of Finish: 5, 2, 3, 6, 1, 4*
Arkansas State: 5-12
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