March 4, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
The Lamar University men's tennis team evened its record at 2-2 with a 4-3 victory over Troy, a non-conference match that spanned two days and featured four rain delays.
"We dealt with rain, cold, sun and the four delays over two days to win," Lamar coach Scott Shankles said. "I'm so proud of the guys."
The match started with singles competition Saturday, and the day ended with the teams tied at 3 with Robert Lee (No. 2 singles), Bruno Snyder (No. 5 singles) and Dusan Savkovic (No. 6 singles) winning for Lamar.
The doubles play was suspended due to darkness, bringing the teams back out to the courts at 8:30 a.m. Troy won at No. 1 doubles, as Sami Ghorbel and Mansingh Athare defeated Lee and Marton Horvath 8-5, before Denis Ermilov and Carlos Valdenebro posted a 9-7 win over Patrick Eichler and Anas Rouchdi at No. 2 doubles.
That left the outcome of the match down to third doubles, where Lamar freshmen Bruno Snyder and Mikko Rajamaki rallied for a 9-7 win over Andres Sanchez and Tommy Cundy. Troy was up 7-6 and serving for the match, but Snyder and Rajamaki broke serve to tie the match at 7 before rolling to wins in the next two games to give LU the team victory.
"Bruno and Mikko both hit great returns to break serve," Shankles said. "That game was huge for the confidence. It was a big win for Lamar."
With the loss, Troy fell to 1-6.
Lamar doesn't have much time to savor the win. The Cardinals are scheduled to face Southern Mississippi at 1 p.m. today.