April 11, 2014
NEW ORLEANS – It was down to the wire for the Lamar men’s tennis team on Friday afternoon, but unfortunately the Cardinals weren’t able to hold off a Privateer rally, falling 4-3 to New Orleans at University Tennis Center.
The Cards (12-11, 1-3 Southland) opened up play with yet another tight doubles round, which has become a common occurrence in conference play. After the duo of Trey Crysel and Carl-Philip Lindqvist fell 8-1 to Blake Gregor and Luis Albuquerque, LU got back on track as Nikita Lis and Mikko Rajamaki handed Timo Kranz and Romain Lefevre an 8-4 decision. Jeandre Hoogenboezem and Juuso Laitinen sealed it for the Red and White with an 8-6 win over Rui Silva and Christoffer Appelgren.
In singles, Hoogenboezem quickly doubled the Card advantage with 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 5 over Appelgren once more, but Albuquerque pulled the Privateers back within one by beating Crysel 6-0, 6-2 at the sixth position. Nikita Lis took care of business on line one with a 7-5, 6-2 win to put LU within a point of clinching.
However, UNO (8-9, 2-3 Southland) charged back as Lefevre handed Rajamaki a 6-4, 6-2 defeat at No. 4, and then Laitinen dropped a 7-5, 6-4 affair to Silva at No. 2 to tie things back up. Gregor completed the comeback in three sets by handing Lindqvist a 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 decision at the third spot.
The Cards will return to action on Sunday with their final home match of the season as Abilene Christian will make the trek to Beaumont. First serve is scheduled for noon.