Full slate ahead for LU Tennis
The men’s and women’s tennis teams have a weekend slate full of matches, all starting with the men on Friday with a road doubleheader that starts at 11:00 against Prairie View A&M and wraps up at Rice at 5:00.
The weekend finishes with both teams hosting Alcorn State, both doubleheaders, at 10:00 and 2:00 at the Thompson Family Tennis Center. The Cardinals come in after a 7-0 win over Seminole State on Saturday and the Lady Cards have not played since a home victory over Prairie View on Jan. 25.
Nikita Lis leads the men this season with a 2-0 record in singles play and 1-0 mark in doubles, he did not play against Seminole. His doubles teammate Michael Feucht is 2-1 in singles play on the year with a gutty 7-5, 6-3 win over the top player in junior college tennis, Guy Iradukunda.
Juuso Laitinen and Mikko Rajamaki are also 2-1 on the season. Rajamaki gave LU a 2-0 edge over SSC on Saturday after taking down his opponent 6-0, 6-0. He also gave the Cardinals an early advantage in the doubles when he and Jeandre Hoogenboezem knocked out Nick Bell and Cesar Reyna, 6-1.
Benny Schweizer earned his first collegiate singles and doubles win against Seminole with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Ismael Mzai and 7-5 victory over Mzai and Iradukunda.
Anna Spengler is the Lady Cards top performer so far this season with a 2-1 record in singles and 2-1 in doubles, teamed with freshman Stephanie Marchena. She is 1-0 from the third line and 1-1 from the fourth.
Hanna Elfving and Marchena are both 1-1 this season in singles play, and three Lady Cards follow with a 1-2 record, Andrea Ivanovic, Katya Lapayeva and Carolina Maso. Ivanovic and Maso team up for a 1-1 doubles mark and Lapayeva and Elfving are 1-2.
Neither team competes again until Feb. 21 when the men’s team travels to Texas-San Antonio and the women travel to Birmingham, Ala. for back-to-back matches against Samford (Feb. 21) and UAB (Feb. 22).