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Tennis swings in with big goals for conference

Maria DiFelice
Doubles pairing Lucy Carpenter and Fatima Vasquez play against Nicholls State University at City Park Tennis Center on Jan. 31, 2023. Carpenter and Vasquez are the No. 10 ranked doubles pairing in the International Tennis Associations NAIA preseason polls.

The Loyola tennis team is suiting up to begin their Southern States Athletic Conference matches against Mobile on Feb. 29 in City Park Tennis Center.

The Loyola women’s team ranked second in the preseason SSAC poll, and the Loyola men’s team ranked third in the preseason SSAC poll, leading both teams strongly into the spring 2024 season.

The Wolf Pack lost 3-4 to Nicholls (1-1) on Jan. 31 at the center.

Individually, however, Loyola’s Lucy Carpenter led strongly as first seed defeating Nicholls’ Qianyu Liu in singles, as well as Loyola’s Micaela Ponce defeating Nicholls’ Lea Grinberg as second seed for singles.

Now, the Loyola women’s team is ranked 11th in the NAIA Top 25, and the Loyola Men’s team is ranked 23rd.

Also, Herman Aure was named SSAC’s men’s tennis player of the week on Feb. 6 – his first weekly conference award with Wolf Pack Tennis.

Men and women’s head coach Matt Llewellyn said that both teams have goals of winning the conference championship, as well as the national championship.

“It’s something that I believe they can do, so it’s good to hear that from [SSAC],” he said. “We have the most talented and accomplished women’s team in school history right now so they have the ability to do it.”

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B. Welch
B. Welch, Staff Writer
B. (Blythe) Welch currently serves as a staff writer for The Maroon.
Maria DiFelice
Maria DiFelice, Breaking News Editor
Maria DiFelice is currently the Breaking News Editor for The Maroon. She is a third year journalism major with a minor in philosophy. This is her third year being involved with The Maroon where she was Assistant Op/Ed Editor and Assistant News Editor. When she is not working at The Maroon, she can be seen with her camera taking photos wherever she goes. Maria can be reached at [email protected].

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