Nov. 5, 2013
BEAUMONT – The Lamar men’s tennis team is coming off a strong 2013 fall campaign, and the Cardinals will be looking to regain their mantle atop the Southland Conference this spring as head coach Scott Shankles unveiled the team’s schedule for 2014.
The Red and White will open the season on the road at Texas A&M on January 25. The meeting may prove the toughest of the season for the Cards as the Aggies are coming off a No. 14 national ranking after being eliminated in the round of 16 at last year’s NCAA Championships.
Following the match, LU will head back to the friendlier confines of Thompson Family Tennis Center for a doubleheader against Alcorn State on January 26.
It’ll be a similar story on the ensuing weekend with the Cards taking on Louisiana in Lafayette before returning home for a pair of matches, taking on Jackson State and UT Arlington.
After an 11-day reprieve, LU is scheduled for a Valentine’s Day encounter in Edinburg vs. UTPA and a home match against Prairie View A&M the next day. The match-up with the Panthers will be the last home date for a month as the Cards will set out on a 10-match road trip, beginning with USC Upstate, TCU and San Francisco in Ft. Worth.
LU will then head to Hattiesburg for meetings with Troy and Southern Miss as well Lafayette once more for a match with Georgia State. The road swing ends with matches vs. UMKC and Wichita State in Wichita and Nebraska-Omaha and Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla.
A return home to take on Rice will preface a two-week break as the team prepares for conference season.
The Cards are scheduled to take on UTSA in the final nonconference match of the season on March 27 before kicking off Southland play with a trip to Oral Roberts.
Three of the final five matches are slated to be played in Beaumont, beginning with Nicholls and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and ending with Abilene Christian. Trips to New Orleans and Incarnate Word will bookend the ACU meeting.
The Southland Championships will begin on April 24 in Corpus Christi.