April 14, 2005
BEAUMONT - With the Southland Conference portion of the schedule already complete, the Lamar women's tennis team will wrap up its home schedule on Friday morning, hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 10 a.m. in a non-conference contest at the Cardinal Courts.
Lamar enters play with a 13-9 overall record, including a 7-5 mark in non-conference matches. The Lady Cards conclude the regular season on Sunday with a 2:30 p.m. match at 70th-ranked University of Houston.
LU completed league play last weekend, splitting a pair of road matches with Texas-San Antonio and Texas State. The Lady Cardinals finished the regular season with a 6-4 SLC mark, in route to their first berth in the six-team SLC tournament since 2000. Lamar has clinched the fourth seed in next week's tournament and will face a yet to be determined opponent on Friday, Apr. 22 in San Antonio.
Sophomore Andrea Martinez, a native of Durango, Mexico, has been one of several catalysts for this year's team as the 5-7 right-hander leads the club with a 16-6 singles record. She has also paired with teammate Tara Shelander for a record-setting 20-2 doubles record. Martinez plays at the No. 1 spot in both singles and doubles play, and she carries five-match winning streaks into Friday's tilt with TAMU-CC.
Shelander has also provided a spark for the Lady Cardinals this season, after transferring to Lamar from Sam Houston State last spring. The sophomore from Beaumont has racked up a 14-8 singles record at the No. 2 position, in addition to her efforts in doubles play with Martinez.
Melbourne, Australia product Hayley Bakker, the lone senior on this year's team, has also played a large role in this year's success. Bakker has compiled a 14-8 singles record at the No. 3, including a 7-3 SLC record. She also teamed with freshman Marion Brument to roll up a 15-3 doubles record at the No. 2. Brument, a mid-year transfer from Groffliers, France, has also produced a 7-3 league record, playing out of the No. 5 position.
Since starting the season 0-4, the Lady Cards have won 13 of 18 matches. Lamar recorded two four-match winning streaks and won eight of nine matches during that same span.