Oct. 20, 2013
WACO - The Lamar men's tennis team picked up two victories in the opening round of play on Saturday, but the second round wasn't as kind as the Cardinals wrapped up the first day of the ITA Texas Regional at the Hurd Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor.
Michael Feucht and Steven McMullan each took home a win in the round of 128. Feucht, a freshman out of Germany, grabbed a 6-2, 6-3 win over Texas Tech's Nicholas Melott, and McMullan, a sophomore from Houston, earned an impressive 6-2, 6-1 decision over UT Arlington's Pablo Colvee.
Unfortunately, the first round also featured a trio of LU losses. Jeandre Hoogenboezem fell 6-1, 6-1 to Nicklas Wingord of Abilene Christian, and Trey Crysel lost 6-1, 6-2 to UTA's Marek Pesicka. Mikko Rajamaki was dealt a difficult blow, dropping his match to UTSA's Diogo Casa in 7-6, 6-7, 7-5 fashion.
Texas A&M proved to be a thorn in the Cards' side in the second round as Junior Ore expelled Feucht from the tournament in 6-0, 6-3 fashion, and Jackson Withrow knocked out Juuso Laitinen 6-2, 6-2.
Elsewhere in the round of 64, McMullan lost 6-2, 6-3 to Philipp Seifert of Rice, and Carl-Philip Lindqvist fell 6-4, 6-3 to Incarnate Word's Jair Assuncao. Nikita Lis, a freshman from Russia, lost 6-2, 6-4 to Tony Lupieri of Baylor.
The Cardinals went 0-4 in doubles action on the day. In the round of 64, TCU handed out a pair of defeats as Feucht and Hoogenboezem lost 8-5 to Rodolfo Bustamante and Facundo Lugones, and the tandem of Laitinen and Rajamaki dropped an 8-6 decision to Hudson Blake and Trey Daniel. Crysel and Lindqvist lost 8-1 to Rice's David Warren and Zachary Yablon.
Lis and McMullan had a bye into the round of 32, where they fell to George Goldhoff and Jacoby Lewis of Texas.