April 3, 2014
BEAUMONT – The Lamar men’s tennis program will be looking to continue a historic 2014 season on Friday as it welcomes Southland foe Nicholls to Thompson Family Tennis Center.
The Cardinals are coming into the meeting with 12 wins this season, which is one shy of the best win total since the retirement of legendary LU tennis coach Ron Wesbrooks in 1987. All of the victories have been over NCAA Division I opponents, which is the most over that time span. Overall, LU is 12-8 on the year.
Last time out, the Cards picked up a road victory at Oral Roberts, which marked the first time that the Red and White have opened up Southland play with a win since 2006. With a win on Friday, it would be the first 2-0 start in conference since coming back to the Southland in 1999.
LU has received contributions from throughout its line-up this season, but three freshmen have carried the bulk of the workload in the top half. Nikita Lis holds the best win percentage with a 10-5 mark, and Juuso Laitinen leads the team in wins with an 11-8 record. Michael Feucht, who sat out last week’s ORU match due to injury, is 10-7. All three have won matches at the top two spots.
Laitinen and Feucht are also a formidable doubles force, posting an 11-3 record with 10 of the victories coming at No. 1.
It hasn’t only been the big freshman trio however as both Carl-Philip Lindqvist and Mikko Rajamaki have seven wins this season, and Steven McMullan has five. In last week’s win vs. UTSA, which was the first-ever for LU over the Roadrunners, the bottom four guys in the line-up secured the match after Feucht and Lis fell at the top two positions.
Nicholls is also experiencing a strong season this year and appears on its way to contention in the Southland with a perfect 3-0 league record. The Colonels are 10-8 on the year after winning 5-2 over Incarnate Word last weekend.
First serve at Thompson Family Tennis Center is scheduled for noon.