Feb. 10, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - After dropping a tough match in a tiebreak on Saturday, Rob Lee responded a day later with a win over Wichita State's Matheus Pereira, but it wouldn't be enough for the Lamar men's tennis team as the Cardinals lost 6-1 at the McLeod Tennis Center on the campus of Texas Tech.
Lamar is now 1-4 this season, and Wichita State improved to 3-2.
Lee dropped the opening set in 6-2 fashion before rebounding to win 6-3 in the second and 10-7 in the tiebreak. He also combined with Steven McMullan for a 9-7 victory over Ilija Cuic and Tomislav Gregurovic.
"Rob played great today," head coach Scott Shankles said. "He was smart and he really stuck with it. It was a big win for him today, and he was really excited about it after letting yesterday get away from him. He came up big."
In other doubles action, Mikko Rajamaki and Bruno Snyder lost 8-2 to Tin Ostojic and Pereira, and the team of Trey Creysel and Carl-Philip Lindqvist looked to be in control, but a frenzied comeback by the Shocker duo of Alvaro Gutierrez and Guillermo Nicol secured the point for WSU.
"We played very well in doubles, and we probably should've picked up the doubles point," Shankles said. "We were up 5-2 at line three, but Wichita State battled back and went on a streak to clinch it. Trey and Phil battled hard, but just couldn't quite convert. Steven and Rob played very well at line one."
In singles, Lindqvist dropped a pair of 6-4 decisions to Cuic at No. 2, and at No. 3, Snyder very nearly forced a tie-break before losing to Gregurovic 6-0, 7-6. McMullan made his debut in the fourth spot, but lost 6-1, 6-1 to Nicol, and Rajamaki was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by Erick Reyes.
In the final slot, Creysel lost 6-1, 6-0 to Ostojic.
"Despite the losses, it was a good weekend and a good learning experience for us," Shankles explained. "We played two very good teams, and we're definitely a better team for it. We still need to work on starting off better, but we'll come back and work hard this week to get ready for UTSA and Nevada."