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
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
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