Oct. 10, 2013
BEAUMONT – The Lamar women’s tennis team will hit the midpoint of its fall season this week as the team hits the road for Natchitoches, La., to participate in the Northwestern State Invitational at the Jack Fisher Lady Demon Tennis Complex.
Among those traveling will be the veteran trio of seniors Dariya Dashutina and Alicia Porte as well as junior Carolina Masó. Porte and Dashutina have been the most successful of the group so far this fall. Porte took home the consolation bracket title at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Open last month, and Dashutina advanced to the semifinals of the main draw before bowing out.
In last year’s NSU Invite, Porte experienced a strong tournament and was in line to play for the consolation title, but the final matches were called off due to inclement weather in the area.
However, much of the Lady Cardinals’ success when the calendar turns over to the spring will depend on the play of freshmen, and because of this, head coach David Wong will take a group of five such players to Natchitoches this weekend. The quartet of Nadiya Kulibaba, Katya Lapayeva, Anna Spengler and Robyn Summers will be participating once again this weekend after competing at the Ragin’ Cajun Fall Classic last weekend. Hanna Elfving, who hasn’t played since the Islanders Open, will also be in the fold.
While gaining experience may be one of the biggest advantages of this weekend’s tournament, it’s also a chance for the Lady Cards to get a look at four fellow Southland schools as McNeese State, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin are slated to compete. Also participating in the event will be Grambling, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech and Houston.
The NSU Invitational is scheduled to start on Friday and run through Sunday. The first matches of the day are set to get going at 8:30 a.m.