April 15, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - - The Southern Miss men's tennis team fell to visiting Louisiana 4-3 in season finale Sunday afternoon in a grueling 4-hour match at the USM Tennis Courts.
The Golden Eagles closed the 2012 regular season with a 9-14 record while the Ragin' Cajuns improved to 14-7.
Southern Miss picked up the first point of the match by winning the No. 1 and 3 spots in doubles. On court No. 2, the Ragin' Cajuns' Yanick Mandl and Brandon Farine teamed to beat Paulo Alvarado and Inaki Belloso 8-1. USM's duo of Matt Frost and Andrew Goodwin defeated Rick DeGroot and Carlin Murray 8-2 at the top seed to even the match. USM's Juan Escobar and Brad Marriott secured the point with an 8-3 win over Jarred Wynan and Damian Farinola at No. 3.
In singles, DeGroot recorded Louisiana's first point with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Frost at No. 1. The Golden Eagles answered on court 5 where Goodwin posted a 6-2, 6-4 win over Brandon Farine.
The Cajuns gained some momentum with a 7-6(5), 6-0 win by Mandl over Belloso at the three-spot. Murray came back from a set down to defeat Alvarado 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 on court 2.
The match was decided at the No. 4 spot where USM's Escobar took the first set 7-5 and UL's Ted Nilsson took the second 6-3 before picking up the 6-1 decision third set to clinch the win for the Cajuns.
Jovan Zeljkovic and Carl Alberton battled on court six with Zeljkovic coming out on top 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5.
The Golden Eagles will now get ready for the Conference USA Tennis Championships on April 19-22 in Orlando, Fla.