April 6, 2013
BEAUMONT – Trey Crysel picked up his first career victory on Saturday afternoon and it proved to be a big one as the freshman out of West Brook High School clinched the match for the Lamar men’s tennis team, which went on to beat visiting Oral Roberts 6-1 at the Municipal Tennis Center.
Crysel, playing at No. 6 singles, knocked off ORU’s Gabriel Kanelopoulos in 7-5, 6-3 fashion for his first win since joining the Lamar program in February.
“I fell behind early, but I just attacked it and played my game,” Crysel said of his victory. “It was a huge win for me and it felt great. This is a court I grew up playing on, so it’s cool that I was able to get my first win here.”
“I can’t be any happier for Trey,” head coach Scott Shankles said. “He’s worked hard every single day, and he is just a great representative of what college athletics and a student-athlete should be. I know it’s very special for him and it should be. I’m very proud of him.”
With the win, LU improved to 3-14 on the year and 1-1 in Southland play. ORU fell to 2-14 and 0-5.
Crysel was far from the only highlight in a dominating day as Rob Lee made short work of Fabian Zierleyn at No. 1, winning 6-1, 6-2. Steven McMullan was impressive as well in a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Michael Avery at line four, and Mikko Rajamaki doled out a 6-0, 6-2 judgment at the fifth spot, beating Braxton Bates.
“It’s great to get our first conference win, and it’s still early enough to make some noise,” Shankles said. “All six guys played with a lot of focus and a lot of energy, and that was the biggest thing for this team. We didn’t have that in doubles, but we really turned it around in singles.”
In other singles action, Carl-Philip Lindqvist
defeated Jason Mechali 6-2, 6-4, and Bruno Snyder
bounced back from an opening set loss to win 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 over Parker Allen.
ORU’s lone point came from doubles as the team of Rob Lee and Steven McMullan lost 8-6 at the first spot, and the duo of Carl-Philip Lindqvist and Trey Crysel fell 8-5 at No. 3.
Snyder and Rajamaki were more successful at line two, winning 8-2.
Lamar will return to action next week with a match against UTPA.