April 25, 2013
BEAUMONT – After completing a perfect home season, the Lamar women’s tennis team will look to make it a historic one as the Lady Cardinals will begin play at the Southland Championships on Friday at Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center with a match against Sam Houston State.
The third-seeded Lady Cards have ripped off 10 straight victories in Beaumont, dating back to last season. The last five have been played at the Municipal Tennis Center, which has become an increasingly difficult task for opponents to handle as Lamar has outscored the visitors 30-5 with three 7-0 decisions.
Lamar, which tied for second in the conference with a 7-2 record, will look to repeat its recent successes against the Bearkats. Earlier this month, the Lady Cards picked up a 4-3 victory over SHSU in Huntsville. LU is 17-6 all-time vs. the visitors and hasn’t lost in the series since 2007.
Carolina Salas and Dariya Dashutina, who each earned All-SLC honors earlier this week, were impressive in the encounter. Salas picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win over Tanya Postnikova in the top spot, and Dashutina kept it going with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Imke Jagau at No. 3.
Natalia Mayagoitia clinched the match for the Red and White with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 win at No. 6.
Doubles proved to be the difference maker with the all-conference duo of Salas and Hélène Czudek winning at No. 1, and the team of Carolina Masó and Alicia Porte taking care of business in the second position.
The Lady Cards will be looking to repeat the magic of the 2008 season which saw Lamar ride a pair of 4-0 victories into the championship match. LU handed Southeastern Louisiana a 4-2 decision in the tournament’s ultimate encounter, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
Since re-joining the SLC in 1999, the Lady Cards are 9-9 in the tournament, with current head coach David Wong posting an 8-7 mark at the helm of the program.
With a win on Friday, the Lamar would play the winner of second-seeded Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and seventh-seeded McNeese State on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The other side of the bracket features top-rated SLU, Central Arkansas, Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin.
Sunday’s final will take place at 2 p.m.