Jan. 18, 2014
HOUSTON – Head coach David Wong expected a challenge when he took his Lamar women’s tennis team to Rice, and he got one as the 22nd-ranked Owls won 7-0 over the Lady Cardinals at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Saturday.
“I don’t think the score indicates it, but I thought the girls played well in certain areas,” said Wong. “Rice is not ranked No. 22 for nothing. They are a very strong team, and I think there are a lot of things that we can learn from today’s match. We just have to keep on working hard to get ready for our next one.”
Rice took an early advantage in doubles as the duo of Alison Ho and Solo Zinko handed Hanna Elfving and Dariya Dashutina a 6-1 decision. The Owls secured the doubles point shortly thereafter as the team of Carolina Masó and Alicia Porte fell 6-2 to Natalie Beazant and Dominique Harmath.
In singles, Dashutina was the closest to scoring for LU. The senior out of Ukraine grabbed a 6-4 win in the first set over Liat Zimmerman, but she would fall 6-2 in the second to force a tiebreak. It looked good for Dashutina early as she got out to a quick 3-0 lead and maintained it out to 7-4. However, Zimmerman mounted a late rally to win 10-7.
Beazant and Harmath carried over from their doubles success as the latter won 6-2, 6-0 over Masó on Court 1 and the former picked up a 6-0, 7-5 decision against Porte on Court 2.
In other singles action, Katherine Ip and Kimberly Anicete won 6-2, 6-0 over Anna Spengler and Elfving, respectively, and Katya Lapayeva fell 6-1, 6-3 to Ho.
LU will return to action on February 2 when Jackson State rolls into Thompson Family Tennis Center for the 2014 home opener.