HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team came up short Sunday as Lamar handed the Golden Eagles a 4-3 loss in non-conference action at the USM Tennis Courts.
Southern Miss falls to 6-6 while Lamar improves to 8-5.
"This was a close match and had we won at No 2 doubles the match result would have been in our favor," head coach Zubin Engineer said. "The team attitude and spirit is very good. We need to keep improving on our games and turning our weakness into strength."
The Cardinals took two of three doubles after winning two of the three doubles for the 1-0 lead. Alex Doleac and Brad Marriott lost to Michael Feucht and Juuso Laitinen 8-1 at No. 1. Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar evened the doubles with an 8-3 win over Nikitas Lis and Steven McMullan on court 3. Vasco Valverde and Chao-Yu Huang battled at No. 2, but eventually fell to Jeandre Hoogenboezem and Mikko Rajamaki 8-6.
In singles action, Lamar took a 2-0 lead after Lis downed Doleac 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2. Valverde scored the first point for the Golden Eagles with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Rajamaki at No. 4. Marriott dropped his match 7-6 (5), 6-2 to Laitinen at No. 3.
At No. 5, Huang knocked off Carl-Philip Lindqvist 6-4, 6-1. Lamar clinched the match on court 1 when Feucht defeated Alvarado 6-2, 7-6 (5). In the final match of the day, Escobar battled in a super tie-breaker to defeat Hoogenboezem, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 10-7.
Southern Miss returns to action on Mar. 4 when the Golden Eagles travel to UAB. First serve is set for 1 p.m.
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