Lady Cardinals Fall In Heartbreaker At Texas-Arlington, 4-3; LU Plays Sam Houston On Sunday

GO CARDINALS Andrea Martinez (pictured) and teammate Tara Shelander won their 13th straight doubles match on Saturday.
Andrea Martinez (pictured) and teammate Tara Shelander won their 13th straight doubles match on Saturday.

March 19, 2005


ARLINGTON - The Lamar women's tennis team narrowly missed its upset bid of league leader Texas-Arlington on Saturday morning, as the Lady Mavs squeaked out a 4-3 Southland Conference win at the UTA Tennis Center.

The loss snapped a four-match winning streak for the Lady Cardinals, who fell to 8-6 overall and 3-2 in SLC play. UTA improved to 6-2 overall and stayed perfect at 5-0 in league action. The Lady Cards continue their league road swing with a 1 p.m. match at Sam Houston State on Sunday in Huntsville.

The Lady Cardinals started the match off by winning the doubles point for the fifth consecutive match, taking the No. 1 and No. 3 matches in convincing fashion. LU's top team of Andrea Martinez and Tara Shelander easily won over UTA's Daniela Novakova and Pavla Mesterova, 8-2, for their 13th straight win. The Lady Cardinal tandem is now 13-1 on the year, including a flawless 5-0 league record.

Senior Hayley Bakker and Marion Brument won their four straight doubles match at the No. 3 position, taking out UTA's third unit, 8-4. The Lady Mavs only doubles victory was an 8-5 decision at the No. 2 over Lamar's duo of Kendall Gibbs and Marine LeRoy.

Singles action provided several tough matches, including a trio of three-set thrillers. LU's Martinez and Bakker dropped straight set matches at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots, respectively, while Shelander won Lamar's only straight-set singles win with a 6-1, 6-2 shellacking of UTA's Novakova. It was the fifth straight singles win for the Beaumont native, who upped her season mark to 10-4 on the year, with a 4-1 league record.

Brument, a freshman from Groffliers, France, overcame a first set loss to post wins of 6-4 and 6-3 in the second and third sets. The win was her fourth straight victory and ninth of the season. LeRoy, a freshman from Bordeaux, France, wasn't as fortunate in her three set tussle with UTA's Jessica Shepard, falling by scores of 6-4, 4-6 and 3-6.



With the match score tied at 3-3, the No. 4 singles match proved to be the decisive contest. Gibbs, a junior from Mansfield, appeared to be on her way to a victory after winning the first set 7-5, but UTA's Anete Rozkalne battled back to take the second frame, 6-3. After fighting to a 6-6 tie in the third set, Rozkalne edged past Gibbs in the tiebreaker, 7-1, giving the Lady Mavs the victory.

Texas-Arlington 4, Lamar University 3
Singles competition:
1. #82 Pavla Mesterova (UTA) def. Andrea Martinez (LAMAR) 6-3, 6-2
2. Tara Shelander (LAMAR) def. Daniela Novakova (UTA) 6-1, 6-2
3. Monika Peciulionyte (UTA) def. Hayley Bakker (LAMAR) 6-1, 6-4
4. Anete Rozkalne (UTA) def. Kendall Gibbs (LAMAR) 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)
5. Marion Brument (LAMAR) def. Gretel Hach (UTA) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
6. Jessica Shepard (UTA) def. Marine LeRoy (LAMAR) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition:
1. Martinez/Shelander (LAMAR) def. Novakova/Mesterova (UTA) 8-2
2. Rozkalne/Peciulionyte (UTA) def. Gibbs/LeRoy (LAMAR) 8-5
3. Bakker/Brument (LAMAR) def. Hach/Shepard (UTA) 8-4

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