Feb. 22, 2014
BEAUMONT – Katya Lapayeva continued her strong freshman campaign, picking up a team-best fourth singles victory, but the Lamar women’s tennis team ultimately fell 6-1 to visiting Louisiana Tech at Thompson Family Tennis Center.
Lapayeva, a native of Belarus, earned a 6-0 victory in the first set before suffering a setback by the same scoreline in the second. However, she regained her footing and posted a 6-2 win in the third to hand Taly Merker a defeat at No. 6.
Unfortunately, it was the only point the Lady Cardinals would secure on the day.
The Lady Techsters got the momentum early by taking home victories on all three doubles courts. At No. 1, Jazmin Britos and Alexandra Starkova beat Carolina Masó and Alicia Porte 8-6, and at the second spot, Melanie Urvoy and Marta Sramkova handed Dariya Dashutina and Hanna Elfving an 8-3 decision. Merker teamed up with Manoela Chiacchio for an 8-2 victory over Lapayeva and Anna Spengler on Court 3.
In singles, Starkova beat Dashutina 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1, and Joanna Nalborska was similarly successful at No. 2, defeating Porte 6-1, 6-3. Masó offered the stiffest challenge in the top half of the lineup, bouncing back from a 6-0 loss to Sramkova in the first set to win the second 7-5, but she ultimately fell 6-2 in the third.
In the fourth spot, Hanna Elfving lost 6-4, 6-2 to Britos, and Chiacchio beat Spengler 6-1, 6-3 at No. 5.
Lamar will return to action at Thompson Family Tennis Center next month against New Orleans.