Jan. 31, 2013
BEAUMONT – After taking on two ranked opponents to begin the season, the Lamar women’s tennis team will return to action this weekend with a pair of meetings on the road, beginning Friday with a trip to Stephenville to take on Tarleton and concluding with 54th-ranked North Texas in Denton on Sunday.
“I think that after the last two weeks of practice, we’re looking forward to these matches,” head coach David Wong said. “I’m excited. I liked what I saw from the first two matches, and the final score doesn’t reflect how well the girls played. The matches were very competitive, and we had our opportunities to win them. So hopefully that will give us confidence going into this weekend.”
The Lady Cardinals began their season a fortnight ago at No. 29 Rice, falling in 6-1 fashion and picking up a point vs. the Owls for the first time since the 2008 season. Despite the score line, Lamar actually players held second-set leads on all but one court before falling in three of them and having the other two decided on tie breaks. LU returned to Houston two days later, losing to 36th-ranked Arkansas 7-0.
“Naturally, I’m not happy that we lost, but I think we played well,” Wong said. “Playing the kinds of matches we played last time out and the two coming up are only going to help the girls get tougher as we get ready for conference.”
Friday’s match will be the first meeting between the Lady Cards and the TexAnns. Tarleton currently boasts of a No. 28 ranking in Division II, and hail from the Lone Star Conference, which has five teams ranked in the top 50, including No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic.
On Sunday, LU will make the trek up to Denton to take on the defending Sun Belt Champion Mean Green, who enters with a 1-1 record on the season. NT fell 1-4 in its season opener last weekend at No. 13 Texas A&M before knocking off 41st-ranked Minnesota. The match-up will be the ninth meeting between the two sides since 1995. NT has home seven of the previous eight, including a 5-2 decision in Beaumont last year.
Friday’s match at Tarleton Tennis Complex is set to begin at noon.