Sept. 29, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Carl-Philip Lindqvist continued the strong start to his Cardinal career as the men’s tennis team wrapped up the first day of play at the Southern Miss Invite on Friday.
Lindqvist, a native of Sweden, defeated Vasco Valerde of USM at No. 2 singles 6-2, 5-7, 10-7, and then kept it up later in the day, defeating Troy’s Andre Staible 6-3 in the first set before the Trojan defaulted.
The freshman was the only Cardinal to take a match over an opponent from USM in the morning matches as Rob Lee fell to Matt Frost 6-2, 6-2 at the top spot, and Paulo Alvarado defeated Bruno Snyder 7-6, 6-1 at No. 3. Mikko Rajamaki lost to Andrew Goodwin 6-2, 6-0, and Juan Escobar closed out the match with a 7-6, 6-2 victory over Steven McMullan.
The Cardinals were more successful in afternoon action as Lee and Snyder joined Lindqvist in the victory column for the day. Lee picked up a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 decision over Anas Rouchdi at No. 1, and Snyder won 6-2, 6-2 against Sami Ghorbel in the third spot. The Trojans were more successful at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, with Daniel Bustamante beating Rajamaki 6-4, 6-4, and Mansingh Athare winning 7-5, 6-1 over McMullan.
“It was a long and hot first day, but I was pleased overall,” head coach Scott Shankles said. “We couldn’t close out early leads in the morning match against Southern Miss, but we did a better job against Troy. Rob played a great match against a very smart player, and I was proud of Bruno for taking care of business. He played much better.”
LU finished the first day of play with a doubles match against Stetson. Lee and USM’s Inaki Belloso combined at the top spot, losing 8-3 to Laurynas Antropikas and Didrik Berg. Lindqvist and Rajamaki evened it up with an 8-2 victory over Cahit Kapukiran and Hans Adrian Riseng, but McMullan and Snyder dropped the match at No. 3 to Egor Panyushkin and Chester Espie.
“The evening doubles match had some mixed results,” Shankles said. “Mikko and Phil played unbelievable tennis. They were aggressive and returned just about everything.”
LU will return to action Saturday.