Feb. 21, 2014
BEAUMONT – The Lamar men’s tennis team has experienced an exceptional run of results over the past few weeks, and the Cardinals will look to make it even more notable this weekend as they hit the road to Ft. Worth to take on South Carolina Upstate, TCU and San Francisco.
With four consecutive wins, the Cards are on their longest winning streak since 2010. If LU was to pull off another pair of victories on Saturday, it would tie the 2005 team for the longest such streak in at least 20 years.
“We just need to put our heads down and focus on each individual match because a streak doesn’t mean much of anything for the match they are playing in,” head coach Scott Shankles said. “We just need to keep up our focus and be aggressive. I think if we go out there with a great attitude and stay confident, good things will happen.”
The Cards will begin the weekend with USC Upstate at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Spartans come into the meeting with a 2-4 overall record, beating Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville. However, they have proved competitive for much of the season, taking home at least two points in all but one match.
Following the match, LU will take on the hosts in No. 35 TCU, which enters with a 2-2 overall record. The Horned Frogs have split matches against nationally ranked opponents, beating Florida State and losing to Florida. Most recently, the Horned Frogs suffered a setback to North Carolina before rebounding to beat UT Arlington.
On Sunday, the Cards will match up with 3-3 San Francisco, which is coming in on the heels of consecutive victories, beating Idaho and Fresno State. The Dons’ other win was over UC Davis, and their losses were against Nevada and nationally-ranked foes in California and Washington.
LU, which boasts a perfect 5-0 record at home and on neutral courts this season will turn to a trio of freshmen at the top of the lineup to help keep that mark intact. True freshmen Nikita Lis and Michael Feucht have won a combined 10 of the 14 matches that the two have played, all on either line one or line two, and Juuso Laitinen is 4-4 for the year after playing at least one match at each of the top three positions.
Fellow freshman Jeandre Hoogenboezem
, who missed singles the first few matches of the season due to injury, is 2-1.
Carl-Philip Lindqvist and Mikko Rajamaki lead the veteran group, having combined for an 8-6 mark, and Texas natives Trey Crysel and Steven McMullan are 3-0 and 2-3, respectively.