March 13, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. – There was a little bit of history made at Greenwood Tennis Center on Thursday as the Lamar men’s tennis team split a doubleheader with Nebraska-Omaha and 18th-ranked Oklahoma State, giving the Cardinals 10 wins on the season for just the second time since 1997.
It was a dominant showing in the day’s first match as LU rode an impressive doubles round into singles on the way to winning 4-0 over Omaha.
“It was a strong performance for us this morning,” head coach Scott Shankles said. “We changed up our doubles a bit, and I felt like it worked well. I was looking for the guys to get early leads in singles play, and they delivered. Omaha fought us well today, and they never gave up.”
Michael Feucht and Juuso Laitinen got it started with an 8-1 win over Adam Dockery and Eric McKnight, and the tandem of Nikita Lis and Mikko Rajamaki sealed the doubles point in 8-3 fashion over Tyler Mercier and Colin Buckley. At No. 3, Jeandre Hoogenboezem and Steven McMullan appeared to be on their way to a win as well as they led James McManus and Erik Anderson 6-3.
Carl-Philip Lindqvist was the first Card to get on the board in singles, beating Buckley 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4, and Laitinen wasn’t far behind, winning 6-0, 6-1 over McKnight at the third spot to put LU on the brink of victory. Michael Feucht closed the deal with a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Dockery on line two.
In other action, Lis trailed Mercier 1-6, 5-2, and both Rajamaki and McMullan won opening sets in 7-5 fashion over McManus and Anderson, respectively.
The No. 18 Cowboys proved a more difficult task in the evening as the hosts out of the Big 12 Conference handed LU a 4-0 defeat.
The team of Jakub Sude and Arjun Kadhe became one of just three duos this season to pick up a victory over Laitinen and Feucht in doubles, winning 8-3. Brady Bohrnstedt and Chris Haworth followed suit at the No. 3 spot, beating Hoogenboezem and McMullan 8-4.
In singles, Kadhe beat Laitinen once more, this time 6-1, 6-4 in the third position, and Bohrnstedt knocked off Lindqvist 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4. Haworth was the other scorer for the Cowboys as he won 6-0, 6-1 over McMullan at line six.
In the unfinished matches, Sude took home the first set in 6-2 fashion over Lis at the top of the lineup, but Feucht won 6-4 over Sachs at No. 2. Lucas Gerch earned a 6-2 first set win over Rajamaki, but the native of Finland was hanging tough in the second as it was tied 3-3.
“I was very proud of the way we played this evening,” Shankles said. “Oklahoma State showed why they’re ranked 18th in the country, but we stayed competitive for much of the match. They’re a very strong team, and we will take this experience and continue to learn as we head into the Rice match on Saturday.”
The matches brought an end to LU’s nine-match road swing, and the Cards will return to Thompson Family Tennis Center on Saturday to take on Rice.