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Univ. of New Orleans Men Team News
Privateers Sweep Alcorn State in Men's and Women's Tennis 7-0
Wednesday, 02/04/2009

NEW ORLEANS - The University of New Orleans men's and women's tennis teams defeated Alcorn State 7-0 on Wednesday afternoon at the University Tennis Center.

For the nationally ranked Privateer men (4-0), the doubles' point was hotly contested. After Vinay Kamineni and Oliver Cuthill picked up a win at No. 3 doubles, the top two matches saw the Alcorn men (0-2) push UNO to the brink.

Calvin Kemp and Guilherme Rebolo defeated Yannick Shearron-Hawkins and Anton Krutkin 8-6 at the No. 1 position before Ben Smith and Jose Gaspar closed out the doubles sweep with a 9-7 win at No. 2 over Winfried Weinbeer and Puja Rajpurohit 9-7.

Singles' play came much easier for the Privateers as each player in the lineup defeating their foes in straight sets.

The closest contested match came at No. 4 singles where Smith defeated Rajpurohit 7-6 (0), 6-3. Additionally, Kemp and Kamineni continued their unbeaten record in singles' play  in the top two positions as Kemp defeated Krutkin 6-4, 6-3 and Kamineni won over Weinbeer 6-3, 6-3.

The UNO women (3-3) won for the third straight time after opening the season with three consecutive losses.

Getting off to a strong start, the Privateer women dropped two games over the three doubles matches to take the doubles' point.

Kozue Matsumoto and Cassandra Escobar were leading Stefania Guzman and Katherine Hopelman 7-1 at the No. 1 doubles position before Hopleman was injured. Hopleman would have to pull out of the singles' competition, forcing the Braves (0-2) to push each girl a spot higher in their lineup.

Among the winners on the women's side were Anita Racz, who celebrated her birthday a day late with a victory in her spring debut. Racz's win came at No. 6 singles as she defeated Denisse Favelsa 7-5, 6-0.

Ceara Howey, Amber Garza and Matsumoto each won singles matches for the third staight outing. Howey knocked off Diana Favela 6-1, 6-0 while Garza picked up a victory over Sarah Jo Peters 6-3, 6-0. Matsumoto rounded out the trio with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Martina Garda.

The Privateer men will head to Texas this weekend starting with a match Friday against UT-Dallas at noon on the campus of SMU while the women will host Northwestern State at the UTC on Sunday at noon.

#75 University of New Orleans Men 7, Alcorn State 0
Feb 04, 2009 at New Orleans, La. (University Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Calvin Kemp (UNO) def. Anton Krutkin (ALCNM) 6-4, 6-3
2. Vinay Kamineni (UNO) def. Winfried Weinbeer (ALCNM) 6-3, 6-3
3. Guilherme Rebolo (UNO) def. Y. Shearron-Hawkins (ALCNM) 6-2, 6-4
4. Ben Smith (UNO) def. P. Rajpurohit (ALCNM) 7-6 (7-0), 6-3
5. Jose Gaspar (UNO) def. Alexander Lidzar (ALCNM) 6-0, 6-1
6. Oliver Cuthill (UNO) def. Alex Dominguez (ALCNM) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Calvin Kemp/Guilherme Rebolo (UNO) def. Y. Shearron-Hawkins/Anton Krutkin (ALCNM) 8-6
2. Ben Smith/Jose Gaspar (UNO) def. Winfried Weinbeer/P. Rajpurohit (ALCNM) 9-7
3. Vinay Kamineni/Oliver Cuthill (UNO) def. Alexander Lidzar/A. Oefkle (ALCNM) 8-2

University of New Orleans Women 7, Alcorn State 0
Feb 04, 2009 at New Orleans, La. (University Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Cassandra Escobar (UNOW) def. Guzman, Stefania (ALCN) 6-3, 6-0
2. Kir Kemp (UNOW) def. Martina Garda (ALCN) 6-1, 6-0
3. Kozue Matsumoto (UNOW) def. Sandoval, Kali (ALCN) 6-2, 6-1
4. Ceara Howey (UNOW) def. Favela, Diana (ALCN) 6-1, 6-0
5. Amber Garza (UNOW) def. Peters, Sarah Jo (ALCN) 6-3, 6-0
6. Anita Racz (UNOW) def. Favela, Denisse (ALCN) 7-5, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Kozue Matsumoto/Cassandra Escobar (UNOW) def. Guzman, Stefania/Hopelman, Katherine (ALCN) 7-1, retired
2. Kir Kemp/Ceara Howey (UNOW) def. Peters, Sarah Jo/Favela, Diana (ALCN) 8-1
3. Amber Garza/Pia Dozo-Moreno (UNOW) def. Sandoval, Kali/Martina Garda (ALCN) 8-0