April 10, 2014
BEAUMONT – With just three matches remaining on the 2014 regular season slate, the Lamar men’s tennis team will be aiming to get back on track in conference play with a trip to New Orleans on Friday before playing the final home match of the year on Sunday vs. Abilene Christian.
LU, which is experiencing one of its most successful seasons since 1987, has dropped back-to-back matches, falling to Nicholls last week and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this past Tuesday. With a 12-10 overall record this season, LU has posted the most Division I wins since 1987 and stands one win shy of the best overall win mark over that time.
Three freshmen have made much of the difference at the top of the lineup, combining for 31 singles victories, which ties the total number of singles wins the Cards collected in the 2013 campaign. Juuso Laitinen leads the team in victories with 11, and both Nikita Lis and Michael Feucht, who missed each of the previous two matches due to injury, have 10. All three have earned victories at No. 1 and No. 2 singles.
Feucht and Laitinen have also been one of the best tandems in the conference in doubles, posting an 11-3 mark.
Carl-Philip Lindqvist and Mikko Rajamaki have led the veteran contingent, registering seven victories apiece, and Steven McMullan has five.
Another freshman, Jeandre Hoogenboezem, has four wins this year, including a 2-1 league mark.
New Orleans, which was the runner-up at last year’s Southland Tournament, hasn’t been as successful in league play this season, posting a 1-3 conference mark with a 5-7 overall record. Abilene Christian is 3-0 and 10-8, respectively.