March 26, 2014
BEAUMONT – Three singles matches went to a decisive third set on Wednesday, but two fell in UAB’s favor as the Lamar women’s tennis team lost 5-2 to the visiting Blazers at Thompson Family Tennis Center.
“We had a very good opportunity to win today,” head coach David Wong said. “We are playing better the last few games, but we need to learn how to finish in order to win these kinds of matches.”
After the Lady Cardinals dropped the doubles point, a win from Katya Lapayeva knocked out the advantage as the freshman took home a 6-0, 6-4 decision over Caroline Ragon at No. 5. The Belarus native now has a team-best eight victories on the year.
Unfortunately for LU, UAB quickly regained its advantage as Pardis Kianoush beat Alicia Porte 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3, and Paula Castro handed Anna Spengler a 6-3, 6-4 loss at the sixth spot.
Carolina Masó kept the Red and White alive with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory on line two over Amy Lowther.
Dariya Dashutina bounced back from a 6-4 opening set loss to Rachel Doniell at No. 1 to win 6-0 in the second. However, the Ukrainian was on the losing end of a 6-5 nail-biter in the third. Hanna Elfving also lost in three as Elaine Simon won 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the fourth position.
In doubles, Castro and Kianoush won 8-2 over Dashutina and Elfving, and the duo of Lowther and Ragon won by the same score over Spengler and Lapayeva.
The Lady Cards will return to action on Saturday as Central Arkansas will make the trek to Beaumont.