Men’s Tennis Near to Monumental Rally, Falls Short vs. Lamar – UNO Privateers Athletics

BEAUMONT, Texas –  It was nearly a comeback for the ages but the New Orleans Privateers men’s tennis team’s season ended with a narrow 4-3 defeat to the Lamar Cardinals in the semifinals of the Southland Tournmanet on Sunday.
Max Heinzel narrowly lost the first set in a grueling tiebreak and was down 4-1 in the second set. That’s when he turned up the pressure, rattling off five games in a row to take the second set. He served for the match up 5-3 but Nicolas Mayr broke his serve and rallied back for a 7-5 decision in the final set to advance Lamar to the championship match.
The Privateers gained a late service break and won at flight two. Max Heinzel and Johannes Klein scored a 6-4 victory to get the day started. Then Austin Vos and Espen Lagarde kept the momentum going with a late service break of their own in a 6-3 win to notch the first point of the day.
The Cardinals won the first three matches to finish. They earned straight set wins at flight one, four and five to move ahead 3-1 in the match.
That’s when the Privateers started to turn things around.
Marcel Volz rallied from down a set and a double break to force a third set at flight three. He and Filippo Salsini traded early service breaks in the third set but Volz prevailed 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to win his match.
Mihajlo Drobnjakovic outlasted Joshua Sundaram in a first set tiebreak but narrowly lost the second set 7-5. Both players traded service breaks in their respective opening games but it was Drobnjakovic who got the job done with a 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 win.
“We fought as hard as we could. We started strong with the doubles point but we were down all of a sudden 3-1. Mihajlo and Marcel kept us in it and the momentum was starting to change. But as I know from experience it’s never over until it’s over. It’s tough but we have to move forward and there will be another day for us.”
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