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Men’s Tennis Starts Strong, Defeats Abilene Christian in SLC Opener



ABILENE, TX – The tone was set early on with a dominant win in the first doubles match as the New Orleans Privateers (2-2, 1-0) scored a 6-1 win over the Abilene Chrisitan Wildcats (5-8, 0-1) on Thursday afternoon.

The win was the second against the Wildcats since New Orleans joined the conference and the first since 2015.

Austin Vos and Espen Lagarde got things rolling right away. The tandem cruised to a 6-1 victory at flight one and were first off the court. Misha Fomenkov and Johannes Klein followed suit as they earned a late service break in a 7-5 victory to seal the doubles point.

The Wildcats evened the score after Mihaly Deli scored a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win at flight three. However, the Privateers took over from that point.

Vos went 2-0 for the day with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Savan Chhabra at flight one to put the Privateers ahead 2-1. Marcel Volz added the third point of the day when he overcame losing a second set tiebreak in a win at flight four.

Klein then provided the winning point. After he lost a first set tiebreak, Klein rallied back as he took the next two sets 6-3 6-4.

Luke Joujan moved his singles record to 3-0 on the spring while Max Heinzel also won a three-set match. Joujan and Heinzel both rallied back from down a set to win their singles bouts.

“It’s been a while since we’ve beaten this team. I don’t think we could have played any better. It was a great team effort and today everything clicked. They played with a high level of intensity and determination. Everything I could ask of them they did very well.”

The Privateers will face St. Mary’s (Texas) in San Antonio on Saturday. First serve is set for 12 p.m