March 13, 2005
BEAUMONT - An inspired Lamar women's tennis team extended its win streak to four on Sunday, defeating Louisiana-Monroe, 4-3, in a Southland Conference match, followed by a 7-0 drubbing of Prairie View A&M in non-conference action at the Cardinal Courts.
The Lady Cardinals are now 8-5 overall and 3-1 in league play. LU has won three straight SLC matches and now has its second four-match winning streak of the season.
Sunday's action began with a 9 a.m. conference tilt against the Lady Indians of ULM. The pivotal doubles point went in favor of the Lady Cardinals, as the LU No. 1 tandem of Andrea Martinez and Tara Shelander took care of ULM's top squad, 8-5. Lamar freshman Marion Brument and senior Hayley Bakker also took care of business, winning their No. 3 match 8-2 for their seventh doubles win of the year.
Leading 1-0 in the match, Lamar split the singles contests and emerged victorious, 4-3. Martinez, a sophomore from Durango, Mexico, overcame a 6-3 setback in the first set of the No. 1 match to sweep the second and third sets, 6-1 and 6-2. Shelander, a Beaumont native, won her match in similar fashion, taking the final two sets, 6-3 and 7-5, after dropping the first frame 6-4.
ULM won the No. 3 and No. 4 matches, along with the No. 6. Brument came up big for the Lady Cardinals in the No. 5 slot, taking down ULM's Elodie Burlet, 6-3 and 7-5. It was Brument's third straight singles win, upping her season record to 8-4.
After picking up the win over a tough ULM squad, the Lady Cardinals had little trouble dispatching the Lady Panthers of Prairie View A&M, 7-0. LU rolled through doubles play, sweeping all three matches, including a default win at the No. 3. Lamar's No.1 pair of Martinez and Shelander won for the 12th straight time, while improving to 12-1 on the year, with an 8-2 win over PV's Marika Dawkins and Antoinette Majors. Junior Kendall Gibbs and freshman Marine LeRoy won their fourth doubles match of the year with an 8-1 triumph at the No. 2.
In singles play, Lamar swept through all six matches in straight sets against the overmatched PV team. Martinez extended her team-high winning streak to eight, while moving to 9-4 on the year. Shelander also improved to 9-4 overall after dumping PV's No. 2, 6-2 and 6-1. LeRoy also won her second match of the year, taking out Marisol Chacon, 6-1, 6-1, in her first match of the season at the No. 5.
The Lady Cardinals will now enjoy two days off before returning to action on Saturday, Mar. 19 with a 9 a.m. SLC match against Texas-Arlington in Arlington.