March 2, 2013
BEAUMONT – The Lamar women’s tennis team will return to its home slate on Sunday when it plays host to Arkansas State at Thompson Family Tennis Center.
The Lady Cardinals will be looking to get back on track after a 4-2 setback against UTEP last Sunday. Overall, LU is 3-4 on the season with three of the four losses coming against teams that are currently ranked by the ITA.
“We’re looking forward to playing Arkansas State,” head coach David Wong said. “After last week, I think that we’re ready to get out and compete. We’ve played ASU well over the past few years, but they’re a pretty tough opponent and they fight hard. I hope that playing in front of our own supporters will give us a bit of an edge.”
Lamar will be seeking a fifth consecutive home victory after winning over Louisiana in last month’s opener and taking home the final three of the 2012 season.
The bottom half of the line-up has been strong for the Lady Cards, something that was especially true a week ago as Natalia Mayagoitia and Alessandra Pennesi each posted 2-0 records at the fifth and sixth spots, respectively.
“The top half of the line-up will always be challenging,” Wong said. “So we have to make sure that we compete well at lines one through six. The bottom half has done well, and we need them to continue that as we go through the rest of the season.”
The Red Wolves enter the weekend with a 2-3 record and will take on Northwestern State on Saturday prior to the trek to Beaumont. ASU, a former conference foe, holds a 10-4 series record vs. Lamar, but the Lady Cards have been better in recent years, taking home a victory in each of the past three seasons.
Sunday’s match is slated to begin at noon.