Feb. 28, 2014
BEAUMONT – The Lamar men’s tennis team may have experienced its longest win streak under Scott Shankles earlier this season, but now the Cardinals will be looking to snap a three-game skid this weekend, taking on Troy on Saturday and Southern Miss on Sunday.
Lamar, winner of six of 11 games this season, has experienced much of its success due to the freshmen trio at the top of the lineup. Nikita Lis owns the Cards’ top singles record, going 7-2 while playing on both lines one and two. Michael Feucht and Juuso Laitinen have also seen time at the top two spots, and have combined for 11 singles wins. However, the duo’s proved even more lethal in the doubles round, posting a 6-1 mark.
Carl-Philip Lindqvist has played primarily at the fourth position this season, earning four victories in the process, and Mikko Rajamaki has earned five wins while spending much of the year at No. 5.
Another freshman, Jeandre Hoogenboezem, has a pair of singles wins on the year, and the Texan duo of Steven McMullan and Trey Crysel has combined for five victories.
Troy comes into the weekend with a 1-6 record. The Trojans lone win came over Alabama A&M earlier this month. However, the record could be considered a little misleading as the school has taken on four ranked opponents, including three in the top 40. LU will be the second Southland school Troy has played. The Trojans fell in a 4-3 nailbiter to Nicholls last week.
Southern Miss is 5-5 this year and is coming into the weekend with losses in three of its last four games, falling in matches at Ole Miss, LSU and South Alabama. However, the lone win came in 5-2 fashion over Southland foe New Orleans.
First serve vs. Troy on Saturday is set for 11 a.m., and Sunday’s match vs. USM is scheduled for 10 a.m. Both matches will take place at Southern Miss Tennis Courts.