March 14, 2013
BEAUMONT – A pair of wins from Carl-Philip Lindqvist and Mikko Rajamaki wasn’t enough for the Lamar men’s tennis team on Thursday as the Cardinals lost 4-2 to visiting Radford at Thompson Family Tennis Center.
“It’s always tough to lose, but I can’t really complain with how these guys battled today,” head coach Scott Shankles said. “A couple of matches didn’t go our way, but Radford did enough to win. Overall, we’ve been in positions to win over the last four matches, and we’re getting closer. The guys aren’t backing down, and we’ve learned a lot this year as such a young team. I’m looking forward to getting back out here for practice tomorrow and Southern Miss on Saturday.”
The match, which was a continuation of Sunday’s rain-shortened encounter, came down to the trio of Lindqvist, Rajamaki and Rob Lee with the Cards trailing 3-0 in singles play. Lindqvist battled back from an opening set loss to win 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 over Joe Mills at No. 2 and Rajamaki held on for a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 decision against Randall Carter at line five.
“I feel like I’m starting to get more into how college tennis is played,” Lindqvist said of his second consecutive win. “I felt pretty good out there after a slow start, and I’m starting to get more confidence in how I want to play.”
Unfortunately for Lamar, Lee was unable to cash in on a third set lead at the top spot to force doubles play. The Englishman fell 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 to Nicholas Sayer.
In other singles play, Bruno Snyder lost 6-4, 6-3 to Thomas DeHaen at No. 3, Steven McMullan fell 6-2, 7-5 to Stijn Muelemans at No. 4, and Trey Crysel lost 6-0, 6-3 to Patrick O’Keefe at the final spot.
Lamar (1-11) will return to action this weekend with matches against both Southern Miss and Prairie View A&M.