March 12, 2013
HAMMOND, La. - With three singles wins on Tuesday, the Lamar men's tennis team very nearly brought its recent losing skid to a halt, but unfortunately Youngstown State was able to hold on for a 4-3 victory at Southeastern Tennis Complex.
"We definitely played solid in singles, and I was very pleased with how we competed," head coach Scott Shankles said. "We were in all of the matches, and unfortunately doubles was the deciding factor. We could've played better there, but you really have to give it to Youngstown. They didn't get rattled or back down."
The Lamar effort was spear-headed by the trio of Carl-Philip Lindqvist, Bruno Snyder and Steven McMullan, who each snapped an individual losing streak.
Lindqvist picked up a dominating 6-1, 6-2 decision over Sebastian Hagn at line two, and Bruno Snyder bounced back from a 6-2 loss in the opening set to win the final two in 6-3, 7-5 fashion over Dawoud Kabli at No. 3. Steven McMullan won 7-5, 6-3 over Felipe Rosa at the fourth spot.
"I think Carl-Philip, Bruno and Steven really played well today," Shankles said. "They implemented some things that they've been working on, and it really showed today. If we can get them into the habit of playing that way, I think we could definitely see them go on a nice winning streak. Rob and Mikko also battled hard today, and they both had a chance at winning."
It marked each player's second victory of the season.
came close to helping Lamar secure a victory, falling 6-4, 7-5 to Zeeshan Ismail at No. 5.
Rob Lee lost 6-3, 6-4 to Silviu Mistreanu at the top spot, and Trey Crysel dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to Rodrigo Campos at line six.
In doubles, YSU picked up 8-3 and 8-2 victories at No. 1 and No. 3, respectively. The team of Snyder and Rajamaki held a 7-3 lead at the second spot before the round was called.
The Cardinals (1-10) will return to action on Thursday with a continuation of their match against Radford. Play will begin at 3 p.m.