Feb. 22, 2013
BEAUMONT – After a successful home opener a week ago against Louisiana, the Lamar women’s tennis team will look to pick up from where it left off, hitting the road to take on UTEP and Illinois State in El Paso this weekend.
“We’ve been having some great practices, and I think my girls are ready to compete this week,” head coach David Wong said. “We have some great momentum after the win over Louisiana and the girls are pretty pumped up. I’m really looking forward to this week.”
Lamar is 2-3 this season with all three losses coming to ranked opponents in Rice, Arkansas and North Texas.
The Lady Cardinals will begin competition against Illinois State on Saturday morning. The Redbirds enter the weekend with a 5-2 record and will be taking on UTEP on Friday. ISU posted a sterling 2-0 record last week, picking up decisive wins over both Colorado State and Creighton. The match marks the first-ever between the two schools.
Sunday will feature a more commonplace meeting as Lamar and UTEP will meet for the fifth time since Wong took over the LU tennis program in 2001. The series is tied 2-2 over that timespan with LU last winning in 6-1 fashion to kick off the 2011 season. Current Lady Cards Alicia Porte and Natalia Mayagoitia each picked up victories in the previous meeting with Porte grabbing the win at No. 3 and Mayagoitia at No. 4.
This season, UTEP enters with a 3-6 record, posting wins over Drake, South Dakota and Dominican. The Miners carry a four-match losing skid, and each of their past six have matches been determined in 4-3 fashion.
Lamar will take on Illinois State at 9 a.m. on Saturday and UTEP at 10 a.m. on Sunday.