Oct. 7, 2012
BEAUMONT - Rob Lee, Mikko Rajamaki and Steven McMullan each picked up a singles victory on Saturday as the Lamar men's tennis team completed the second day of play at the Cardinal Classic at the Thompson Family Tennis Center.
"I felt like we played better today than we did yesterday," head coach Scott Shankles said. "We had some really close matches, especially Mikko and Steven, and they really showed their grit and toughness. Rob was lights out in his match. I'm pleased with our day, and I think we should do well tomorrow."
Lee closed out play in Flight 1's Pool A with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Damian Despotovski of Nicholls. The senior will take on Jarred Wynan of Louisiana for third place on Sunday morning.
Carl-Philip Lindqvist pulled out of Flight 1 play due to injury.
In Flight 2, Snyder fell to Pool B winner Dmitry Kozionov in 6-2, 6-2 fashion, and the sophomore will play Juuso Laitinen for fifth.
Mikko Rajamaki was dealt an early deficit in the third flight, but came back for a 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 victory over Manel Estruega of Nicholls. Rajamaki and Victor Alves of UTPA are scheduled to play in the seventh place match.
Steven McMullan, lost 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 in his first match of the day to Mauricio Fosado of UL, but the freshman bounced back for a decisive 6-2, 6-0 victory in the Flight 4 third place match, defeating UTPA's Joseph Bishop.
="Steven really upped his game this weekend," Shankles said. "He definitely didn't play as well as he's capable over his first two tournaments, but he's been another player this week. He had a really good week of practice and he's really motivated to play better and bigger."
McMullan was also strong earlier in the day, combining with Lee for an 8-5 victory over UTPA's Yosua Adiyasa and Chetan Panditi to advance to the fifth place match in Flight 1 Doubles. The duo will take on Jonathan Chang and Gustavo Gonzalez.
After being the only Cardinal team to win on Friday, Laitinen and Rajamaki lost 8-5 to the Nicholls team of Estruega and Jeoffrey Noblecourt.
Laitinen, who is competing in the event as an individual, also posted a loss in singles on Saturday, falling 6-2, 7-5 to Nicholls' Eccleton.
Doubles play will wrap up on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and singles will follow afterward.