BEAUMONT, Texas – The New Orleans Privateers (5-3, 2-1) battled down to the wire in the doubles point but were narrowly defeated 4-3 by the Lamar Cardinals (9-7, 2-1) on Wednesday afternoon at the Thompson Family Tennis Center.
Marcel Volz and Luke Joujan started out a grueling point with a 6-2 victory at flight three. The duo moved their record to 3-0 overall and 2-0 against Southland opponents.
However, the Cardinals had an answer first at flight one. A 6-4 win by Nicolas Mayr and Axel Vila Antuna set the stage for a compelling and deciding match at flight two. In a tiebreak, Filippo Salsini and Joshua Taylor took a 7-4 win to seal an all important point for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals took that momentum into singles where they won the first three matches to finish. Victories at flight one, four and five, all in straight sets gave Lamar the triumph on the day.
The Privateers came up with resolute performances to get their three points on the board. Max Heinzel remains undefeated in conference play after he took home a 7-5, 6-4 win at flight two.
The remaining two matches on the day went to a third set 10-point tiebreak and both were won by the Privateers.
Volz rebounded from losing a tough tiebreak in the first set and took the third 10-5 to push his record to 6-1. Johannes Klein finished out the day by powering through the third set 10-6 to remain unbeaten in his three singles decisions this season.
FROM COACH KANGA
“We lost the doubles point which was critical today. It was a tough match today but hopefully we learn from this one and move forward to prepare for Corpus Christi.”
The Privateers return home to face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday. First serve is scheduled for 12 p.m.
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