March 8, 2014
BEAUMONT – Hanna Elfving picked up her first victory of the spring on Saturday, and it couldn’t have come at a better time as the freshman clinched a conference-opening win over New Orleans for the Lamar women’s tennis team at Thompson Family Tennis Center.
“I think this was a huge win for Hanna because I know she wants to do well,” head coach David Wong said. “Her sheer determination is what gave us the win today, and I’m very happy for her to seal the deal for the team. Tomorrow will be another tough match because it’s the conference champion from last year in Southeastern Louisiana, but if we play the way we’re capable, we’ll have a chance.”
Elfving, a native of Sweden, actually dropped her first set 7-6 at No. 4 to Marta Sams before rebounding to win by the same score in the second. She got better as the match went on, holding on for a 6-2 win in the third to seal the first Southland victory of the season for the Lady Cardinals.
LU (3-4, 1-0 Southland) got started early as Alicia Porte and Carolina Masó combined for an 8-1 win over Yasmine Rashad and Grace Nolan at No. 1 doubles, and then the freshman tandem of Katya Lapayeva and Anna Spengler sealed the doubles point with an 8-4 decision over Hafsa Laraibi and Anna Segarra Rius at the third spot.
On Court 2, Dariya Dashutina and Elfving fell 8-7 to Soledad Calderon Arroyo and Marta Sans.
Dashutina bounced back at No. 1 singles with a dominating 6-0, 6-1 victory over Nolan to give the Lady Cards a 2-0 lead, and Lapayeva put the Red and White within a point of clinching with a 6-3, 6-0 decision on line five.
However the final four matches of the day would go a full three sets, beginning with the sixth spot as Spengler dropped a 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 decision to Rashad. Rius held on for a 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 win over Porte, but Elfving brought the attempted UNO (3-4, 1-1 Southland) rally to a close.
In other singles action, Masó lost 6-3, 6-7, 6-5 to Arroyo.
LU will return to action at noon on Sunday against Southeastern Louisiana.