April 5, 2013
BEAUMONT – With the end of conference season on the horizon, the Lamar women’s tennis team will look to continue its Southland success this weekend as it angles for a finish toward the top of the conference.
The Lady Cardinals are entering the weekend with a 4-1 Southland mark, and with just four matches to play, head coach David Wong and his team are hoping to be a factor in the conference race. Currently, LU is tied for second with a 4-1 record, trailing only 5-1 Southeastern Louisiana.
Three other schools also boast of one-loss records and those teams make up three of the four remaining opponents for Lamar.
Saturday’s match will pit the Lady Cards vs. Sam Houston State in Huntsville. LU is entering with victories in its last three matches, all of which took place at Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center.
If Lamar is to continue its recent success, chances are that the bottom part of the line-up will be the difference. So far this season, positions three through six have run up a 15-4 record in Southland play.
The duo of Carolina Salas and Carolina Maso has had it a bit more difficult, combining for a 6-6 mark at the top two spots.
SHSU will be entering the weekend with a 5-10 record with losses in six of the last seven matches. All-time, Lamar is 16-6 vs. the Bearkats, last losing in 2007.
On Sunday, the Lady Cards will be taking on a fellow second place team in Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Islanders carry a 12-2 record into the weekend, falling only to Stephen F. Austin and Rice. Lamar is 9-4 all-time vs. TAMUCC but fell 6-1 last season in Corpus Christi.
First serve on Saturday is set for noon, and Sunday’s start is slated for 11 a.m.