Feb. 1, 2013
BEAUMONT - The Lamar men's tennis team will look to rebound from a loss last time out at No. 50 Rice by taking on another ranked team on Saturday, when the 74th-ranked Ragin' Cajuns of Louisiana make the trek over to Thompson Family Tennis Center.
"We have a tough Louisiana team in here tomorrow," head coach Scott Shankles said. "They're coming a couple of losses, but they played well and should have some confidence coming into this weekend. They're traditionally strong, and it will be a challenge for us. We've had a good week of practice, and I think if we play disciplined, we can get into a good position to win."
There are certainly some bragging rights on the line for the two sides as the two sides have become regular opponents over the past several years.
"We're very familiar with their games and it's been a long-standing rivalry for us," Shankles said. "We played a tough 5-2 match with them last year, and they did well at our fall tournament. They are fit, very strong and battle well. We're going to be prepared to play against them, and we have to play our games and try to get them out of their comfort zone."
A number of Cajun's picked up flight titles at the Lamar Cardinal Classic last October, but they enter play this weekend with an 0-2 record, dropping tight decisions to Miami (Fla.) and East Tennessee State last weekend at the ITA Kick-Off Columbus Regional. The Hurricanes and Buccaneers are 60th and 73rd, respectively, in the latest ITA Rankings.
Play on Saturday is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Thompson Family Tennis Center on the campus of Lamar.