Nov. 8, 2005
BEAUMONT, Texas -
After spending a month away from competition, the Lamar University women's tennis team had a solid showing at the 2005 Pepsi Challenge, hosted by the University of Louisiana-Lafayette over the weekend.
On the weekend, Lamar picked up a total of eight wins, with several players making runs deep into their respective brackets.
The Lady Cardinals were led by Andrea Martinez who lost a close match 6-3, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of flight A to Tammy Day of Louisiana-Lafayette. She advanced to the quarterfinals by knocking out Paula Chelminska of Arkansas State 6-0, 6-3 in the opening round, then taking down Neolia Leon of Louisiana-Monroe 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 in the second round.
Tara Shelander advanced the semifinals of the flight A consolation bracket, before falling to Chelminska 6-2, 5-7, 13-11. To get the semifinals of the consolation bracket, Shelander had beaten Maria Oprea of Arkansas State 6-2, 5-7, 10-6 and Catalina Villegas of Northwestern State 3-6, 7-5, 10-6. In her first round match, Shelander was defeated by Irnia Sotnikova of Sam Houston 6-1, 6-2.
In the flight B singles, Kendall Gibbs advanced to the semifinals of the consolation bracket before falling to Magall Van den Bergh of Northwestern State 6-3, 6-2. She had previously beaten Ashley Spears of Louisiana Tech after taking game one 6-0, she led 1-0 when Spears retired the match. Gibbs also knocked out Maja Bradonjic of Southeastern Louisiana 6-4, 7-6. In her first round match, Gibbs was beaten by Renee Barker of Arkansas State 6-1, 6-2.
Pamela Martinez won her opening match of the flight A bracket, defeating Zelijka Minic of Arkansas State 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 before falling in the second round to Nicole Webbe of Louisiana Tech 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
Marine Le Roy advanced to the quarterfinals of the flight B consolation bracket, beating Sarah Jo Peters of Alcorn State 6-2, 6-1, before falling to Fernanda Silva of Northwestern State 6-1, 6-2.
In flight B double, the team of Pamela Martinez and Le Roy knocked off Silva and Alcantrara of Northwestern State 8-1, before falling in the quarterfinals to Bourdet and Espinal of Louisiana-Monroe.
Lamar Women's Pepsi Challenge Results
Flight A Singles
Chanell Meijer (ULL) def. Tanya Roberts (Lamar) 6-0 6-1
Pamela Martinez (Lamar) def. Zelijka Minic (Arkansas State) 5-7 7-5 6-4
Andrea Martinez (Lamar) def. Paula Chelminska (Arkansas State) 6-0 6-3
Irnia Sotnikova (Sam Houston) def. Tara Shelander (Lamar) 6-1 6-2
Nicole Webbe (La Tech) def. Pamela Martinez 6-4 3-6 6-4
Andrea Martinez (Lamar) def. Neolia Leon (UL Monroe) 3-6 6-0 6-2
Tammy Day (ULL) def. Andrea Martinez (Lamar) 6-3 7-5
Flight A Consolation
Daliny Sithimorada (UL Monroe) def. Tanya Roberts (Lamar) 6-2 6-1
Tara Shelander (Lamar) def. Maria Oprea (Arkansas State) 6-2 5-7 10-6
Tara Shelander (Lamar) def. Catalina Villegas (NW State) 3-6 7-5 13-11
Paula Chelminska (Arkansas State) def. Tara Shelander (Lamar) 6-3 6-7 16-14
Flight B Singles
Ada Makowska (La Tech) def. Marine Le Roy (Lamar) 6-0 6-7 6-4
Renee Branker (Arkansas State) def. Kendall Gibbs (Lamar) 6-1 6-2
Marine Le Roy (Lamar) def. Sarah Jo Peters (Alcorn) 6-2 6-1
Kendall Gibbs (Lamar) def. Maja Bradonjic (SE La) 6-4 7-6
Fernanda Silva (NW State) def. Marine Le Roy (Lamar) 6-1 6-2
Kendall Gibbs (Lamar) def. Ashley Spillers (La Tech) 6-0 0-1 Ret.
Magall Van den Bergh (NW State) def. Kendall Gibbs (Lamar) 6-3 6-2
Flight A Doubles
Arnaudovska/Velkovska (SE La) def. Andrea Martinez/Tara Shelander (Lamar) 9-8
Flight B Doubles
Pamela Martinez/Marine Le Roy def. Silva (Lamar)/Alcantara (NW State) 8-1
Bortolleto/Lyles (ULL) def. Tanya Roberts/Kendall Gibbs (Lamar) 8-2
Bourdet/Espinal (UL Monroe) def. Pamela Martinez/Marine Le Roy (Lamar) 8-6