April 13, 2013
BEAUMONT – It was another match at Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center, another win for the Lamar women’s tennis team on Saturday afternoon as the Lady Cardinals bounced back from getting swept in doubles to pick up a 4-3 win over visiting Northwestern State.
“I think we played very good in singles today,” head coach David Wong said. “We were more consistent and played with more heart. We need to go out and fight for every point. Today, the girls did that, and that’s why we won. Northwestern State is a very tough team and it is a big win for us.”
Lamar, which is playing at the complex due to ongoing renovations at Thompson Family Tennis Center, has won four straight home matches at the facility. With the win, the Lady Cards improved to 6-2 in Southland play and 10-8 overall. NSU dropped to 5-2 and 10-7, respectively.
“We’ve been successful at home this year,” Wong said. “I wish that would translate a little more on the road, but we have an advantage with our home crowd. I hope we can keep the streak going with Senior Day tomorrow.”
The Lady Cards have now won nine consecutive matches in Beaumont.
Dariya Dashutina set the tone in singles play, picking up a dominating 6-0, 6-1 win against Natalya Krutova at line three, and Alicia Porte was impressive as well, winning 6-2, 6-0 over Olga Leyshyna at the fifth spot. Not to be outdone, Alessandra Pennesi took home a 6-2, 6-1 decision vs. Daniela Simonova at No. 6.
Carolina Masó proved to be the deciding factor, holding on for a 7-5 victory in her first set at the second spot, and winning the second 6-3 over Tatiana Larina to clinch the victory.
“Masó was very mature in how she handled her match,” Wong explained. “She was cramping up, but she fought through it and focused on her game. For that to be the deciding match is a tribute to her play.”
In other singles action, Carolina Salas lost 7-6, 6-3 to Polina Konop, and Natalia Mayagoitia fell 6-4, 7-6 at the hands of Andrea Nedorostova.
Lamar will return to action on Sunday as the trio of Mayagoitia, Pennesi and Salas will celebrate Senior Day. First serve at the Municipal Tennis Center is set for noon, and a ceremony honoring the seniors will take place in between doubles and singles.