McNeese State Edges LU Women In SLC Opener

GO CARDINALS Sophomore Andrea Martinez paired with teammate Tara Shelander to extend their doubles win streak to eight on Saturday.
GO CARDINALS
Sophomore Andrea Martinez paired with teammate Tara Shelander to extend their doubles win streak to eight on Saturday.
GO CARDINALS

March 5, 2005

Results

LAKE CHARLES, La. - The Lamar women's tennis team saw its four-match winning streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon, as the Lady Cardinals lost their Southland Conference opener, 5-2, to McNeese State at the Cowgirl Tennis Courts.

The loss dropped Lamar to 4-5 overall and 0-1 in SLC play, while MSU improved to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in league action. The victory was also the seventh-straight for the Cowgirls.

The matched opened with doubles play where Lamar's No. 1 tandem of Andrea Martinez and Tara Shelander won their eighth consecutive match, 8-4, over Noelia Furno and Marina Gando. Martinez and Shelander are now 8-1 on the year with all nine matches played at the top doubles position.

LU's No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams both had three-match winning streaks come to an end against the Cowgirls. The Lady Cardinal duo of Kendall Gibbs and Marine LeRoy fell at the No. 2, 8-1, while LU's No. 3 squad of Hayley Bakker and Marion Brument lost 8-4 at the No. 3.

In singles action, only Martinez and Bakker were able to muster victories for Lamar. Martinez, a sophomore from Durango, Mexico, won at the No. 1 singles position after MSU's Furno retired in the second set. Martinez won the first set, 7-6, and was up 4-1 in the second before earning the win. Bakker, a senior from Melbourne, Australia, used a strong second-set tiebreaker performance to top MSU's Urska Dobersek. Bakker won the first set 6-4 and then notched her fifth-straight singles win with a 10-5 victory in the second-set tiebreak.

A sophomore from Beaumont, Shelander saw her four-match singles streak end in heart-breaking fashion at the No. 2. Shelander won the first set, 6-3, but then lost the second set 7-5 to McNeese's Magali Risoleo. In the third and decisive set the pair battled to a 6-6 tie, forcing a tiebreaker. Unfortunately, Shelander came up just short, losing the tiebreak 10-7.

 

 

Gibbs, a junior from Mansfield, fell in straight sets at the No. 4, as did Brument at the No. 5 position, and LeRoy at the No. 6.

The Lady Cardinals continue their SLC schedule on Sunday, Mar. 6 with a 2 p.m. league match at Stephen F. Austin State in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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