DENTON, Texas – Third-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette used five wins in doubles to capture a 4-2 triumph over in-state foe No. 6 New Orleans during the opening round of the 2009 Sun Belt Conference Men’s Tennis Championship, Saturday afternoon at the Waranch Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of North Texas in Denton.

Piotr Banas, Ragin' Cajuns Tennis, University of LouisianaWith the win, the Ragin’ Cajuns advance to the quarterfinals where they will face No. 2 Florida Atlantic later this evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Waranch Tennis Complex.


Singles competition

1. Banas, Piotr (ULL) def. Calvin Kemp (UNO) 6-3, 7-6

2. Pulgar, Javier (ULL) def. Vinay Kamineni (UNO) 6-4, 6-7, 6-4

3. Ben Smith (UNO) def. Olechowski, Piotr (ULL) 7-5, 2-6, 6-2

4. Schneider, Neil (ULL) def. Guilherme Rebolo (UNO) 2-6, 6-1, 7-6

5. Domoney, Arlen (ULL) def. Jose Gaspar (UNO) 6-1, 6-2

6. Mandl, Yanick (ULL) vs. Oliver Cuthill (UNO) 5-7, 5-3, unfinished


Doubles competition

1. #55 Ben Smith/Calvin Kemp (UNO) def. Schneider, Neil/Bristow, Bradley (ULL) 8-0

2. Guilherme Rebolo/Oliver Cuthill (UNO) def. Banas, Piotr/Domoney, Arlen (ULL) 9-8

3. Olechowski, Piotr/Pulgar, Javier (ULL) def. Vinay Kamineni/Jose Gaspar (UNO) 9-8


Match Notes:

New Orleans 12-8; National ranking #105

Louisiana-Lafayette 14-6; National ranking #83

Sun Belt Conference Tournament First-Round Match

Order of finish: Doubles 1, 3, 2 ... Singles 5, 1, 3, 4, 2, (6 unfinished)


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