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Men's tennis record stands at 21-8, best start in 33 years

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The Ragin’ Cajuns men’s tennis team competed in two Sun Belt home games over the weekend.

On Friday, April 5, the Ragin’ Cajuns faced South Alabama. The game resulted in a 2-4 loss.

Though the game resulted in a loss, the wins Louisiana earned were important.

Senior Arthur Libaud won a singles game at No. 4. In doubles, freshman duo Kacper Dworak and Jan Galka locked up a win. Junior Elio Lago and Jamie Fraser also received doubles wins to give Louisiana double points in the match.

For doubles play, Louisiana lost the first matchup, however they were quick to come back, winning the next two to win the point.

Lago and Fraser defeated South Alabama’s Clement Marzol and Louis Delcour 6-3 at No. 3 doubles. Following that, Dworak and Galka took down Santiago Di Loreto and Loic Cloes 6-3 as well, but at No. 2.

The Ragin’ Cajuns seemed to be doing well with doubles play, but the same could not be said for the singles matches. Libaud was the only Louisiana player to win a match in singles play.

He played at No. 4 singles, winning against Sam Serrano in straight sets 6-4 and 6-3. The next singles matches were losses.

Junior Pearse Dolan fell at No. 2, 6-4, 6-1 to Alabama’s Cloes, followed by a loss at No. 6 by Dworak, 6-2, 6-3.

Then, Galka lost 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 and Lago 6-1, 7-6 at No. 3 to lock up South Alabama’s 4-2 win.

Following the loss on Friday, Louisiana looked forward to earning a win on Sunday. On Sunday, April 7, the Ragin’ Cajuns played Troy, in their final home match of the season.

Louisiana won the match 4-0, with a dominating performance led by Libaud.

Libaud won his match at No. 4 in singles, along with Lago winning at No. 3. Dolan added a singles win as well.

Lago also won a doubles match with his partner Fraser. Galka and Dworak won in doubles also, earning a clean sweep for Louisiana.

On top of the win, it was also senior day, honoring Louisiana’s lone senior Arthur Libaud. Libaud, a player from France, talked about the close bond between the men’s and women’s tennis teams, as well as Louisiana feeling like his second home.

He also said it’s important to play conference matches during the year.

“It’s important to be able to see every single team in the conference, cause they can surprise you,” Libaud said. “You need to be ready for literally any team, and to get a little bit of an idea how to play, what to do with the lineup,” Libaud said.

After these two games, Louisiana’s overall record is 21-8, while their Sun Belt Conference record is an even 3-3. The 21 wins are the most for Louisiana in a single season since 1986. This also ranks them fifth in the conference.

Louisiana’s next game will be against UT Arlington on Saturday, April 13. The game will be held in Arlington, Texas and will be the last game of regular season play. After that, Louisiana will enter the Sun Belt Conference Championships starting on Friday, April 19 in Peachtree City, Georgia.

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