March 15, 2014
BEAUMONT – The Lamar men’s tennis team brought its busiest week of the year to an end on Saturday, but unfortunately for the Cardinals, it came in a loss as Rice picked up a 4-0 victory at Thompson Family Tennis Center.
"Rice got off to a good start in doubles and most of the singles matches, and that's ultimately what got us," head coach Scott Shankles said. "All credit goes to Rice. They played from ahead and played well, and we just need to learn to start off better. We're going to take this into training over the next two weeks and into the match with UTSA later this month."
With the loss, LU dropped to 10-8 on the year and Rice improved to 4-9.
Rice started off strong in doubles as Max Andrews and Adam Gustafsson handed Steven McMullan and Jeandre Hoogenboezem an 8-1 decision at No. 3. The tandem of Tommy Bennett and David Warren clinched it shortly thereafter with an 8-3 victory over Nikita Lis and Mikko Rajamaki.
LU’s top duo, Michael Feucht and Juuso Laitinen, performed well and led 7-6 over Srikar Alla and Leif Berger before the doubles round was halted.
Alla was the first to win in singles, beating Lis 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2, and then Max Andrews put the Owls within a point of sealing the match with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Carl-Philip Lindqvist on Court 4. Laitinen fell 6-2, 6-2 at the third position to hand Rice its second straight win.
In the unfinished singles action, Feucht hung on for a 7-6 decision in the opening set at line one vs. Bennett, and McMullan bounced back from a 6-4 first set loss to win the second by the same score vs. Gustavo Gonzalez at the sixth spot. At No. 5, Rajamaki won 6-4 and was leading 2-1 in the second.
LU, which was playing its fifth match in five days, will now have a bit of a break before welcoming in former Southland foe UTSA for a match at Thompson Family Tennis Center on March 27.