March 10, 2014
BEAUMONT - After a successful trip to Hattiesburg last time out, the Lamar men's tennis team will look to continue one of the most successful starts to a season in years in Wichita, Kan., on Tuesday, taking on UMKC and Wichita State at Coleman Tennis Complex. The road trip will continue Thursday in Stillwater, Okla., with matches against Nebraska-Omaha and Oklahoma State.
The Cards are 8-5 on the year, surpassing the win totals of each of the past two seasons.
Reigning Southland player of the Week Michael Feucht was the most successful of Lamar's vaunted trio of freshman at the top of the lineup in Hattiesburg, racking up a pair of No. 1 singles victories to run his season record to 8-5. He also teamed up with another freshman in Juuso Laitinen for a pair of doubles victories, bettering the duo's mark to 8-1.
Laitinen has also been exceptional in singles, going 7-6, and Nikita Lis holds the team's top winning percentage, winning eight of 11 matches. Both Laitinen and Lis have won matches at the No. 1 position.
Veterans Carl-Philip Lindqvist and Mikko Rajamaki have combined to rack up 10 victories at the fourth and fifth positions, and the trio of Trey Crysel, Steven McMullan and Jeandre Hoogenboezem have chipped in another seven.
Hoogenboezem, who is also a freshman, has seen some success in doubles with partner Mikko Rajamaki
, posting a total of five victories, which ranks second on the team.
UMKC enters Tuesday with a 3-10 record, and fell 4-0 to Texas-Pan American and 4-1 to Grand Canyon last weekend. Wichita State is 7-6 on the year, but 5-2 at home. The Cards will be the second Southland team the Shockers have faced as they beat Oral Roberts 4-0 last month.
LU will open Thursday with a match against Omaha, which currently carries a 4-3 record, before turning around to face No. 15 Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have beaten seven ranked teams this season and beat a pair of Southland foes in ORU and New Orleans this past weekend.