LAFAYETTE- The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns dropped a thriller Tuesday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4-3. The Cajuns took a 2-0 lead, but could not hang on as TAMU-CC fought their way back.

The Cajuns fell behind early in the doubles matches as TAMU-CC’s Alexandra Dychman and Erika Iriate beat Mia Gordon and Tara Vasovic 8-1. The Cajuns rebounded in the number two doubles. Angela Dangond and Marina Ruiz de Gauna won 8-3 over Megan Harless and Mirna Cicak.

The third and final doubles match decided who would pick up the all important doubles point. UL’s Julie Mazinova and Milou Israel jumped out quickly 2-0 and 3-1 before TAMU-CC came back to take a 6-3 lead.

After that the match got exciting as UL came back to take a 7-6 lead. The final game was exciting as it went back and forth before UL took the game and won 8-6 when Mazinova hit a forehand that couldn’t be returned. With the win the Cajuns took a 1-0 overall lead heading into the singles matches.

Israel picked up the first win in the singles portion in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. Her win gave the Cajuns a 2-0 lead with five points still available to be won.

The Islanders got one back when Erika Iriate won in straight sets over Ruiz de Gauna 6- 3, 7-5. Alexandra Dyckman beat Gordon 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to tie the score at two a piece.

The tie was broken when TAMU-CC’s Mirna Cicak won a three set thriller over Mazinova 6-0, 3-6, 6-6 (7-3).

UL’s Dangond tied the match up at three with a victory over Nina Ciric 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

It all came down to the match between UL’s Vasovic and Fabian Mersan. In the end Mersan came out victorious in three sets, 6-7 (7-5, 6-3, 6-3.

The Cajuns take a sabbatical over the next couple weeks before returning to action February 24, when they take off to California for three matches over four days. The Cajuns will face Loyola Marymount, CS Northridge and UC Irvine.

Tennis Match Results
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs Louisiana
Feb 03, 2008 at Lafayette, La.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4, Louisiana 3

Singles competition
1. Mirna Cicak (TAMU-CC) def. Mazinova, Julie (UL) 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3)
2. Israel, Milou (UL) def. Nadia Filmalter (TAMU-CC) 6-1, 6-2
3. Dangond, Angela (UL) def. Nina Ciric (TAMU-CC) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. Erika Iriarte (TAMU-CC) def. Ruiz de Gauna, Marin (UL) 6-3, 7-5
5. Alexandra Dyckman (TAMU-CC) def. Gordon, Mia (UL) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Fabiana Mersan (TAMU-CC) def. Vasovic, Tara (UL) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Mazinova, Julie/Israel, Milou (UL) def. Nina Ciric/Nadia Filmalter (TAMU-CC) 8-6
2. Dangond, Angela/Ruiz de Gauna, Marin (UL) def. Megan Harless/Mirna Cicak (TAMU-CC) 8-3
3. Alexandra Dyckman/Erika Iriarte (TAMU-CC) def. Vasovic, Tara/Gordon, Mia (UL) 8-1

Match Notes:
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2-2
Louisiana 0-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,5,1,3,6)
Weather- Sunny with slight breeze
T-4:30 A-20