Tennis

Lamar University seniors Nikita Lis and Katya Lapayeva were named Southland Conference Male and Female Players of the Week, Tuesday. It marks the third time this season the LU men have received the honor, while it’s the first for the women’s team.

Lis led Big Red to a 2-1 (.667) record on its most recent trip to Los Angeles. Lis posted a 4-1 (.800) record in his five matches, including wins in all three of his matches at No. 1 doubles with teammate Jeandre Hoogenboezem.

Lis’ singles win was his fifth of the season. He is currently among the Southland leaders with a 9-2 (.818) record in doubles play, with seven of those eight matches coming at No. 1 doubles.

The Cardinals are 10-6 (.625) on the season and have won three of their last four matches as they enter their Southland opener Friday against Incarnate Word.

Lapayeva is 9-2 (.818) on the season, all having come at the No. 1 singles position. Lapayeva has won eight consecutive as she guided the Cardinals to a 3-1 (.750) record last week. The Belarus native recorded a 6-1 record last week, including a perfect 3-0 record in singles play.

The LU women return to action Friday against Laredo College at 10 a.m. from the Thompson Family Tennis Center.

Women’s Golf

The Lamar University women’s golf team  dominated the Cardinal Challenge that wrapped up Sunday at the Beaumont Country Club.

The Cardinals won the team title by 25 strokes over runner-up Bradley, while taking the top three spots in the individual medalist chase.

“It was a tremendous weekend,” LU coach Jessica Steward said. “You always hope you can have a weekend like this. I am so proud of the way our team played this weekend.”

LU freshman Elodie Chapelet earned medalist honors for the fourth time this season, finishing at 7-over-par 220 for 54 holes on the 6,008, par-71 layout. Chapelet fired a 75 on Sunday. Teammate Wenny Chang was second at 222 after a final-round 76, finishing one stroke ahead of LU’s Olivia Le Roux, who posted a 76 in the final round to finish at 10-over-par 223.

The Cardinals posted a team total of 305 on Sunday, marking the third straight day LU had the best team score as they finished with a three-day total of 897. Bradley, which entered the day tied with Southern Illinois for second place, posted a team total of 307 on Sunday, to edge out the Salukis for second place, as the Braves had a three-day total of 922.

“It’s always nice to have a tournament on your home course,” Steward said. “I think there was a great atmosphere this weekend. We heard a lot of good things from the other schools about the event. We’d like to make it even better in the future. We had great support from so any people, that made it so much easier to conduct a first-class event.”

The Cardinals return to action when they compete at the HBU Husky Invitational, set for March 27-28 in Sugar Land.

Men’s Golf

The back nine at the TPC Four Seasons Golf Club got the best of the Lamar University men’s golf team Thursday, as the Cardinals finished fifth at the Bob Sitton Invitational in Las Colinas.

The Cardinals were 2-under-par on the front nine, but finished the day at 9-over-par 293, ending the tournament at 25-over-par, just three strokes behind third-place TCU in the 24-team field.

Zander Gous was LU’s top finisher, ending in a tie for 17th at 5-over-par 218 for 54 holes on the 6,697-yard, par-71 course.

The Cardinals were tops among six Southland Conference schools in the field, finishing three strokes ahead of Stephen F. Austin.

LU returns to action when it competes at the Little Rock First Tee Classic, set for March 27-28 in Little Rock, Ark.

Baseball

A four-run seventh inning, capped by a two-run blast from Reid Russell, surged the Cardinals to a comeback Southland Conference victory over Southeastern Louisiana, 13-5, at Pat Kenelly Diamond in Hammond, La.

The Cardinals (11-10, 1-5 Southland) poured on with seven more runs in the eighth inning, four runs on Robin Adames’ grand slam after a pitching change, that finished the LU’s highest scoring inning this season. Three of the four in the seventh inning and all seven of the eighth frame were scored with two outs.

The Cardinals return to SLC play Friday at 6 p.m. against Incarnate Word at Vincent-Beck Stadium. The three-game set will finish with a 2 p.m. game Saturday and 1 p.m. finale Sunday.

Softball

Brynn Baca extended her streak of reaching base safely to 19 games, but the Lamar University Cardinals saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end as the UTSA Roadrunners rallied for a 6-5 win at the LU Softball Complex, Tuesday.

Baca went 1-3 with a triple, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored, but the Cardinals (13-14) couldn’t hold on to a 5-4 lead heading into the seventh inning.

“It’s disappointing,” LU coach Holly Bruder said. “When you have a lead going into the seventh inning with your ace pitching, you expect to win. We knew their top of the order was going to challenge us in the seventh inning. I thought we were going to be up to that challenge; unfortunately, we weren’t.”

The Cardinals are at Stephen F. Austin for a three-game Southland Conference series this weekend.

Men’s Basketball

Freshman Tyrin “T.J.” Atwood came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting, but he was the only player in double figures as Lamar University lost at Texas State, 70-60, in the opening round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament at Strahan Coliseum, March 16.

The loss ends the Cardinals season at 19-15 (.559), and eight-win improvement from last season.

The Cardinals berth in the CIT marked its first postseason appearance since 2012, when LU advanced to the NCAA Championships. The team was picked 12th in the preseason Southland Conference polls.

Women’s Basketball

Kiandra Bowers recorded her 17th double-double of the season, but the Lamar University Cardinals saw their comeback bid fall just short as they dropped a 73-72 decision to the Rice Owls in the first round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational, March 16.

Bowers had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals (22-8), who were making their fifth appearance in a national postseason tournament in the past eight years. Chastadie Barrs had 16 points and three steals, extending her steals streak to all 61 games in her career.

“This was a good experience for us,” coach Robin Harmony said. “Our young players gained a lot of experience this season. Playing in a game like this is definitely something they can learn from.”

The Cardinals had a 10-win improvement over last season. The Cardinals return two second-team All-Southland Conference selections (Barrs and Kinard), and four starters (Barrs, Kinard, Kiara Desamours and Ashlan Miles).

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