March 3, 2013
BEAUMONT – Sunday marked the second home match of the year for the Lamar women’s tennis team, and the Lady Cardinals responded with a second dominating showing at Thompson Family Tennis Center, winning 6-1 over visiting Arkansas State.
"I thought that everyone played really solid today," head coach David Wong said. "Several matches were very decisive, and I'm happy with the performance. I'm looking forward to our conference opener next week."
Lamar improved to 4-4 on the season and has now won five consecutive home matches dating back to last season. Earlier this season, LU beat Louisiana 6-1 in the home opener.
The Lady Cards began the afternoon by sweeping through doubles as Hélène Czudek and Carolina Salas won 8-5 over Ioana Teu and Janie Nowland on court one, and Alicia Porte and Carolina Masó won 8-3 over Tamara Slijepcevic and Biljana Miloshevska at the second spot. At No. 3, Natalia Mayagoitia and Dariya Dashutina beat Jess Heeps-Eriksen and Sofia Krsmanovic in 8-4 fashion.
Lamar won relatively comfortably on lines two through five in singles, beginning with a 6-0, 6-3 victory by Masó over Nowland at No. 2. Dashutina kept it going with a 6-2, 6-1 decision against Miloshevska on court three, and Alessandra Pennesi secured the match victory with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Teu at the fourth spot.
Mayagoitia also won in impressive fashion, handing Chiara Stefanov a 6-1, 6-0 loss at No. 5.
It was a little more difficult for both Salas and Czudek as each played out to a tiebreak with Salas bouncing back from a 3-6 first set loss to win 6-2 and 10-8 at the top spot. Czudek lost to Heeps-Eriksen 3-6, 6-4, 8-10 at No. 6.
Alicia Porte also played a singles match on Sunday, winning 6-0, 6-2 over Krsmanovic.
Lamar will return to action at Thompson Family Tennis Center next weekend.