Feb. 23, 2005
Centenary - (Results)
Alcorn State - (Results)
Samford - (Results)
Grambling State - (Results)
LORMAN, Miss. - The Lamar women's tennis team won its first four matches of the 2005 spring season over the weekend, nabbing a quartet of non-conference wins in Louisiana and Mississippi.
The Lady Cardinals upped their record to 4-4 for the year, knocking off Centenary College, Alcorn State, Samford and Grambling State. Lamar makes its home debut on Sun., Feb. 27 with a non-conference dual match against North Carolina-Wilmington at 2 p.m. on the Cardinal Courts.
On Friday, Feb. 18, the Lady Cards rolled to a 6-1 win over Centenary in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Ladies managed only one win, as No. 1 singles player Anja Schmidt snuck past LU's Andrea Martinez, 6-3, 2-6 and 10-7. Lamar dominated the five-member Centenary team in every other match, cruising to the first win of the year.
LU played a pair of matches on Saturday, starting with a 9 a.m. tilt against Alcorn State in Lorman, Mississippi. The Lady Cards got off on the right foot, sweeping through the doubles matches to earn their first team point.
All six Lamar players went on to roll through singles action, dropping only one set in the match. Lamar finished with a 7-0 shutout to improve to 2-4 on the year. Sophomore Tara Shelander turned in one of the most impressive performances of the match, with a thorough whipping of ASU's Felicia Chien at the No. 2, 6-1 and 6-0. Freshman Marion Brument also won in lopsided fashion with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at the No. 5.
In Saturday's 2 p.m. match, Lamar hooked up with Samford University in a neutral site contest. LU won again, taking a 5-2 decision. For the third time in three matches, the Lady Cards swept the doubles matches to earn the first team point.
In singles action the LU women posted four wins, including a hard-fought win by senior Hayley Bakker
at the No. 3. The Melbourne, Australia native won the first set of the match, 6-3, but fell 6-3 in the second set. She rallied to win the match with a 6-4 third-set win.
Sophomore Andrea Martinez knocked off SU's Emily White, 6-4 and 6-1, while Shelander notched a straight set win at the No. 2. Brument won her third straight singles match at the No. 5 with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Lauren Pitcher.
The weekend concluded in Alexandria, Louisiana, where LU took down Grambling State, 7-0, in a neutral site match. The overmatched Lady Tigers did not win a set as the Lady Cardinals controlled all facets of the match.
Lamar's No. 1 doubles tandem of Martinez and Shelander shutout GSU's top team, 8-0, for their seventh-straight win of the year. The LU duo is now 7-1 on the season. Bakker evened her season record at 4-4 and stayed undefeated (4-0) at the No. 3 slot after knocking off Alexandra Gaspar, 6-2, retired. Shelander added to her team-high win total and improved to 5-3 on the year with a 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 2. Shelander, Brument and Bakker now have four-match winning streaks.