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Tennis: Men and Women Fall in First Round of SBC Championships

Women's Tennis: (followed by report of Men's Tennis)

In their first-round match at the Sun Belt Conference Women's Tennis Championships, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's tennis team lost to the Georgia Southern Eagles, 4-2, at the Peachtree City Tennis Center to wrap up their 2018 season sitting at 14-11.
Louisiana got wins in doubles from freshmen Floriane Picaut and Dana Radovanovic along with the pairing of senior Kelly Drew and sophomore Marina Rodriguez Garcia.  But they're lone win in singles came from Garcia as the Cajuns couldn't hold the lead they took into singles.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Doubles): Louisiana's freshmen pairing of Picaut and Radovanovic got the Cajuns off on the winning foot, taking their match at No. 1, 6-2, over the Georgia Southern pairing of Bujan and Monsey.  The Cajuns then locked up the doubles point, and a 1-0 lead in the match, with a win at No. 2 when Drew and Garcia took care of business winning 6-4 against the Eagles' duo of de Winter and Boixader.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Singles): Georgia Southern got their first win of the day when at No. 1 Arianne de Winter beat Drew in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 to tie the match up at 1-1.  Shortly after that the second match of the day finished, with the Eagles' Emilia Bujan beating Picaut in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, at No. 2 to give Georgia Southern the 2-1 lead.
Louisiana's lone win in singles came next, when Garcia took down Georgia Southern's Charlotte Van Diemen in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, to tie the match back up with the score sitting at 2-2.  But the Eagles would take the next two matches from the Cajuns to finish off the match.
At No. 4 the Eagles' Paula Boixader beat senior Abby Johnson, 6-4, 6-2, to move Georgia Southern one win away from clinching the match.  And the Eagles got that win right after their win at No. 4, when at No. 6 Mila Hartig beat freshman Morgan Forshag in what was the longest match of the day.  Forshag pushed things to a breaker in the first set, dropping the first set breaker 7-4, and she fell in the second set to lose the match, 7-6(4), 6-0. 
Georgia Southern's 4-2 win wrapped up their first-round win and ended the Cajuns season.

FOLLOWING THE CAJUNS: Follow the Cajuns on twitter @RaginCajunsWT for any updates during the offseason concerning Cajuns women's tennis.

Sun Belt Conference Women's Tennis Championships First Round
Georgia Southern 4, Louisiana 2
April 19, 2018 at Peachtree City, Ga.
(Peachtree City Tennis Center)
1.) Picaut/Radovanovic (LA) def. Bujan/Monsey (GS) 6-2
2.) Drew/Garcia (LA) def. de Winter/Boixader (GS) 6-4
3.) Johnson/Forshag (LA) vs. Truscott/Van Diemen (GS) DNF
Order of Finish: 1, 2*
1.) Arianne de Winter (GS) def. Kelly Drew (LA) 6-2, 6-4
2.) Emilia Bujan (GS) def. Floriane Picaut (LA) 6-3, 7-5
3.) Dana Radovanovic (LA) vs. Ella Monsey (GS) DNF
4.) Paula Boixader (GS) def. Abby Johnson (LA) 6-4, 6-2
5.) Marina Rodriguez Garcia (LA) def. Charlotte Van Diemen (GS) 6-1, 6-4
6.) Mila Hartig (GS) def. Morgan Forshag (GS) 7-6(4), 6-0
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 5, 4, 6*
Team Records:
Louisiana: 14-11
Georgia Southern: 14-6

Men's Tennis

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – Despite their best efforts, Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Men's Tennis, seeded second, couldn't pull off the comeback in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Men's Tennis Championships, losing 4-2 to the seventh seeded Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Louisiana finishes the season 18-10, which is still the best record they've had since the 2014 season.  Sophomore Pearse Dolan got a win at No. 5, to finish with a team best 18-4 record in singles while fellow sophomore Jamie Fraser won at No. 6 (12-10) for the Cajuns two lone wins in singles.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Doubles): The Cajuns took the first match in doubles when duo of junior Arthur Libaud and Fraser took down the App State pair of Brea and Stone, 6-0.  But the Cajuns would lose the next two matches to drop the doubles point.
At No. 2 Ben Webster and Pavkovich beat Louisiana's pairing of Dolan and freshman Pierce Gilheany, 6-1.  Following that App State locked up the doubles point with a win at No. 1, with the pairing of Scott Webster and Bargeron beating sophomore Elio Lago and senior Vlad Kramarov, 6-2, to take a 1-0 lead into singles.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Singles): Fraser got the Cajuns their first win of the match with a win at No. 6 when he took down Alex Brea, 6-1, 6-2.  Fraser came storming back in the second set, winning three straight games after dropping the first game.  He rode that momentum to a straight set win to tie the score up at 1-1.
Louisiana then took the lead when at No. 5, Dolan got a straight set win, 6-4, 6-2, over Campbell Stone, to get his 18th win of the season.  The win put the Cajuns ahead 2-1, but it was a lead they would relinquish over the next few matches.
App State tied the match up 2-2, when at No. 1 Scott Webster beat Lago in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.  The Mountaineers then took the lead with a win at No. 2 when Sojka lost to Milo Bargeron, in a three-set battle, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. 
At No. 3 App State locked up the win when Ben Webster's three-set win over Libaud finished 0-6, 6-1, 6-4.  The loss finished the season, but it was a successful season nonetheless for the Cajuns, finishing the season 18-10, which is the best record they've had since 2014.

FOLLOWING THE CAJUNS: Follow the Cajuns on twitter @RaginCajunsMT for any updates during the offseason concerning Cajuns men's tennis.

Sun Belt Conference Men's Tennis Championships First Round
Appalachian State 4, Louisiana 2
Apr. 20, 2018 at Peachtree City, Ga.
(Peachtree City Tennis Courts)
1.) Webster S./Bargeron (APP) def. Lago/Kramarov (LA) 6-2
2.) Pavkovich/Webster B. (APP) def. Dolan/Gilheany (LA) 6-1
3.) Libaud/Fraser (LA) def. Brea/Stone (APP) 6-0
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1*
1.) Scott Webster (APP) def. Elio Lago (LA) 6-3, 6-4
2.) Milo Bargeron (APP) def. Nico Sojka (LA) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
3.) Ben Webster (APP) def. Arthur Libaud (LA) 0-6, 6-1, 6-4
4.) Vlad Kramarov (LA) vs. Alex Pavkovich (APP) DNF
5.) Pearse Dolan (LA) def. Campbell Stone (APP) 6-4, 6-2
6.) Jamie Fraser (LA) def. Alex Brea (APP) 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 1, 2, 3*
Louisiana: 18-10
Appalachian State: 12-10