Lamar University’s Mariaryeni Gutierrez, the reigning Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Year, got her senior season started off on the right note with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Carmen Sandor on the first day of the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational on Friday.

Gutierrez, who went undefeated last spring for the Lady Cardinals, will meet Nebraska’s Madeline Geibert on Saturday.

Lamar’s Kaltrina Harbuzi dropped a a 7-5, 1-6, 10-8 decision to Stephanie Jasper of Boise State. Harbuzi will play in the consolation bracket on Saturday.