March 29, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - After an injury sidelined No. 1 Michael Feucht during singles play, the Lamar men's tennis team was forced to move everyone up a position, and the Cardinals responded impressively, handing Oral Roberts a 6-1 loss at LaFortune Park.
Feucht, one of LU's stellar three stellar freshman at the top of the lineup, entered the match with 10 singles wins on the year, but Nikita Lis proved up to the task of replacing him with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 victory over Fabian Zierleyn to join the 10-win club himself.
Juuso Laitinen took care of business at No. 2, winning 6-1, 6-0 over Amar Saletovic for his team-leading 11th win.
"It's nice when you have a number of players that can get into the double-digits in wins because it usually means that you're having a pretty good year," head coach Scott Shankles said. "Especially when you consider that there are still five matches left. They're playing well right now, and they're comfortable playing at those top positions, which really shows just how good they are."
Carl-Philip Lindqvist came from behind to win 4-6, 7-6, 10-8 vs. Jack Busby at the third spot, and Steven McMullan picked up a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Michael Sosnowski at No 5. Jeandre Hoogenboezem rounded out the wins on the day with a 6-3, 6-1 decision vs. Cole Guy at the final position.
was the only Card to drop a singles match, falling 6-1, 6-2 to Parker Allen.
In doubles, Feucht and Laitinen earned an 11th doubles win with an 8-6 decision against Busby and Jason Mechali, and the duo of Lis and Rajamaki won 8-1 over Parker Allen and Amar Saletovic. Lindqvist and McMullan lost 8-2 to Zierleyn and Sosnowski.
"Juuso and Michael came up big for us in doubles to clinch," Shankles said. "They played really good tennis despite Michael's injury, and overall, the whole team played well in not letting the injury get to them in singles. They were confident and ready to play, and we'll take that into next week against Nicholls."
LU and the Colonels will meet on Friday afternoon at 12 p.m. at Thompson Family Tennis Center.