Gents Tennis Wins Second Consecutive, Ladies Lose Tough Match to Louisiana College
Thursday, April 14, 2016

PINEVILLE, La. – With their backs against the wall as the Gents had to forfeit two points and the Ladies three, the Maroon and White Tennis teams responded as the Centenary men’s tennis team (2-11) won all seven contested points in a 7-2 win over Louisiana College (0-10).

The woman won 4-of-6 contested matches, but it was not enough as Centenary (0-13) lost to Louisiana College (2-9) 5-4 Tuesday afternoon, April 12.

The men conceded sixth singles and third doubles for a 2-0 deficit, but the Gents took every other match. Stafford Lyons rallied at first singles for the 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 win. Jonathan Harrrel and the Wildcats’ Drake Battaglia both won a set 6-4 at second singles, but Harrel took the tiebreaker 10-7. Erick Norem claimed a 6-2, 0-6, 11-9 win at third singles to clinch the match win for the Maroon and White.

Kane Kershaw did not lose a game at fourth singles while Christopher Matthews shook off a 6-2 loss in the first set to take the final two sets, 6-1 and 11-9.

Trailing 2-0 even before play began, Centenary quickly tied the match. Lyons and Harrel teamed up for an 8-4 win at first doubles. Norem and Kershaw won a tight match at second doubles 9-8 (5).

Like the men who won both matches 7-2 over its in-state rival this season, the Ladies fell for the second time to Louisiana College in a 5-4 decision. The Wildcats won by default at fifth and sixth singles and third doubles to lead 3-0 out of the gate. However, the Maroon and White cut the deficit to one when it swept the contested doubles matches. Laura Perilloux and Clemence DeKermabon won in the first slot, 8-5. Becca Missy and Tiera Range slipped past Roslyn Mass and Marcya Watts, 8-6.

Centenary’s DeKarmabon took second singles 6-4, 6-0. Range knocked off Mass 8-3 at fourth singles. Louisiana College’s Taylor Payne knocked off Missy in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.

With the match tied at four, the match came down to Perilloux against Angel Girod at first singles. Girod won the first set, 6-2, but Perilloux countered with a 7-5 win to knot the match. In the tiebreaker, Girod claimed a 10-8 win to clinch the match for the home Wildcats.

Centenary men’s and women’s tennis finish off the regular season with a busy weekend. The University of the Ozarks and Belhaven visits Centenary Friday, April 15. The Ladies and Gents conclude the regular season with a match against Southwestern on Sunday, April 17.