Sept. 23, 2012
TYLER, Texas – After dropping a morning decision to Tyler Junior College, the Lamar men’s tennis team rebounded with a victory over a second Apache team in the afternoon to conclude the first day of play at the TJC Quad Match.
“It was good to get our first matches of the season in,” head coach Scott Shankles said. “Nerves definitely played a role in our morning match. It was much better in the afternoon, and I think the talk we had after the morning matches helped. We just needed to return better and hold serve.”
On Saturday morning, the Cardinals dropped both doubles matches to teams from TJC as Mikko Rajamaki and Carl-Philip Lindqvist fell in an 8-4 decision, and Steven McMullan and Bruno Snyder lost 8-3.
Lindqvist was the only Card to notch a victory, knocking off Jacob Rother 6-1, 6-2 in No. 2 singles.
“Carl-Philip was the highlight in the morning, and he played well,” Shankles said. “I’m very happy for him. The other guys did well, but just fell short. Steven came back in the second set, but couldn’t claw back after going down early in the tie-break.”
TJC's Adrien Berkowicz beat Bruno Snyder, 6-4, 6-1 in the top spot, and Mitch Martell defeated Rajamaki 7-6, 6-4.
Steven McMullan put up a fight in the last slot, but ultimately George Rivers prevailed in 6-3, 6-7, 10-5 fashion.
The afternoon would end up being a different story for the Cards as McMullan and Snyder notched an 8-1 doubles victory to get LU going.
Snyder put together a comeback effort in No. 2 singles, beating Justin Winton 4-6, 7-6, 10-6, and McMullan had an impressive 6-1, 6-0 decision over Zach Sivalls.
Rajamaki rounded out the performance with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Dillon Eizember.
“Singles was great,” Shankles said. “We won three of four, and Steven dominated his opponent. Mikko didn’t play his best, but found a way to win, and Bruno came back from down a set to win a great tie-breaker in the second and third.”
After being the only Card to win in the morning match, Lindqvist was the only one to lose in the afternoon, falling to Tesilo Smith 6-0, 7-5 in No. 1 singles. Lindqvist and Rajamaki also lost their doubles match, falling 8-3 to Eizember and Sivalls.
Lamar will return to action on Sunday morning against SMU.