March 15, 2014
THIBODAUX, La. – Head coach David Wong felt his Lamar women’s tennis team had its chances on Saturday afternoon, but unfortunately for the Lady Cardinals, it wasn’t to be as they fell 5-2 to Nicholls at Colonel Tennis Complex.
“We could’ve won 4-3, but we didn’t have the right mentality in singles,” Wong said. “We were very close to winning at No. 1 and No. 5, but couldn’t close out and let the win get away. If we’re going to be successful, we can’t give up that kind of position in a match.”
LU (3-6, 1-2 Southland) battled through a nailbiter during the doubles round as all three matches were decided by an 8-7 score. The team of Carolina Masó won over Stephanie Barnett and Klara Skopac at No. 1, and Dariya Dashutina and Hanna Elfving picked up the win in the second spot over Isla Brock and Emma Kranendonk. Nicholls won at No. 3 as Kateryna Nakonechna and Marie Aubert beat Katya Lapayeva and Anna Spengler.
Porte was the lone Lady Card winner in singles, coming from behind to beat Nakonechna 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3. Both Dashutina and Lapayeva appeared to be on the way to helping clinch the match for the Red and White, but Nicholls (8-4, 2-1 Southland) mounted second set rallies at each court and rode the momentum to victory. Dashutina fell 7-6, 4-6, 2-6 to Barnett at the top spot, and Lapayeva lost 7-6, 6-7, 4-6 to Brock at No. 5
“I’m proud of Alicia today,” Wong said. “She played up to her potential and followed our plan to come back and win. Dariya was up 4-1 in the second set and Katya led 5-2, and this is something that they can learn from going into tomorrow’s match.”
In other singles action, Masó lost 6-4, 6-4 to Aubert at line two, and Elfving dropped a 6-0, 6-2 decision to Skopac at No. 4. Spengler fell 6-3, 6-3 to Kranendonk in the sixth spot.
The Lady Cards will continue Southland play on Sunday with a match at McNeese State. First serve is set for noon.