March 17, 2013
BEAUMONT – The Lamar men’s tennis team picked up five singles victories on Sunday as the team earned its second win of the season with a 6-1 decision over visiting Prairie View A&M at Thompson Family Tennis Center.
“I thought we played a good match today,” head coach Scott Shankles said. “Everybody played much better today than they did yesterday. We won a tough doubles point, and then carried that momentum over to singles. We competed hard, and I was really proud of the way we finished.”
The victory marked Lamar’s first since January 26 and snapped a 12-match losing streak.
“It’s great to pick up a win,” Shankles continued. “When you lose that many matches in a row, it can affect your confidence, but now we can take this and try and carry it over to our matches in Utah and into conference play. We just have to get back at it and work hard this week.”
The Cardinals (2-12) got things started with a nail-biter in the doubles round. The team of Mikko Rajamaki and Bruno Snyder picked up an 8-3 victory at line two, but the other two matches featured ferocious late comebacks. Trey Crysel and Carl-Philip Lindqvist were the victims in the first, falling 9-7, but the duo of Rob Lee and Steven McMullan made up for it with an 8-6 win at No. 1.
In singles play, the top three lines each won in straight sets. Lee beat Jackson Varney 6-4, 6-3 at the top spot, Lindqvist won 7-6, 6-3 over Karim Fotso on Court Two and Bruno Snyder beat Craig Wiltz 6-3, 6-4.
It was a little tougher in the bottom half as McMullan overcame an opening set 5-7 loss to win 6-3, 10-6 against Ronald Chidzikwe at No. 4, and Rajamaki held on for a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over Daniel Vazquez at No. 5.
Trey Crysel fell 6-1, 6-0 to Jonathan Dingle on Court Six.