Feb. 23, 2013
NEW ORLEANS – Rob Lee rebounded from an opening set loss on Saturday and held on in the tiebreak to pick up a victory, but unfortunately for the Lamar men’s tennis team, it wouldn’t be enough as the Cardinals fell 5-1 in a rain-shortened affair at City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
Lee was dealt a 7-6 loss in the first set, but came back with a forceful 6-0 win in the second and an 11-9 decision in the tiebreak.
Mikko Rajamaki also played to a tiebreak, fighting back from an early 6-1 loss at No. 5 to win 6-4 in the second before ultimately losing 10-4.
“Tulane was strong today, and they dictated the points in most matches,” head coach Scott Shankles said. “Rob and Mikko played very well, and Rob was able to fight off a few match points to win that tiebreaker. Mikko played a great second set, but couldn’t fight back after he fell behind early. Overall, we learned some pretty good lessons today.”
Elsewhere in the lineup, Carl-Philip Lindqvist fell 6-2, 6-0 to Idan Mark at No. 2, and Bruno Snyder dropped a pair of 6-1 decisions to Dominik Koepfer at the third spot.
Steven McMullan was handed a 6-2, 6-0 defeat by Rodrigo Rappaccioli at line four, and Trey Crysel lost 6-0, 6-0 to Ian Van Cott in the final slot.
Due to inclement weather, the two sides did not play doubles.
The Cards fell to 1-7 on the season, and Tulane improved to 4-2. LU will return to action on Sunday with the Southland Conference opener against New Orleans.