April 26, 2013
BEAUMONT - It was a nail-biter on Friday afternoon with three singles matches going the distance, but ultimately visiting Sam Houston State was able to hold on to oust the Lamar women's tennis team from the Southland Championships in 4-3 fashion at Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center.
Lamar, which suffered its first home defeat since last spring, got out to a quick start as the team of Natalia Mayagoitia and Carolina Maso earned an 8-3 victory at No. 2 doubles, and the duo of Carolina Salas and Helene Czudek picked up an 8-6 win at line one to hand the Lady Cardinals the early 1-0 lead.
The Bearkats bounced back in singles play, taking the first set on four courts, and SHSU would get a little more help when an unfortunate injury sidelined Mayagoitia in her match against Natalie Petaia at No. 4.
Tatyana Postnikova secured a 6-2, 7-5 win over Salas at the top spot, but Dashutina evened it back up for the Cards with a 6-1, 6-4 victory against Imke Jagau at the third position.
Maso, who dropped the first set 6-2 to Sheridan Currie at No. 2, bounced back for 7-5 and 6-1 wins in the second and third to put LU a point away from clinching a spot in the semifinals. However, Nadia Dubyanskaya brought the Bearkats even once more, defeating Czudek 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 at the sixth spot.
It all came down to the battle between Maddie Mortimore and Porte at No. 5. Each took a set by a score of 6-2, but Mortimore had the answers late, winning 6-3 in the third to secure the first SHSU win over Lamar since 2007.
With the loss, Lamar finished the season with an 11-9 record, and the Bearkats improved to 9-11. The Cards also saw a streak of 10 consecutive home victories come to an end.