Katya Lapayeva, Belarus senior, returns the ball with her doubles partner, Anna Spengler, Germany senior at the Alcorn State tennis game at the Thompson Family Tennis Center on Feb. 11. 2017.

Katya Lapayeva, Belarus senior, returns the ball with her doubles partner, Anna Spengler, Germany senior at the Alcorn State tennis game at the Thompson Family Tennis Center on Feb. 11. 2017. UP photo by Hannah LeTulle

The Lamar University women’s tennis team took both matches of a doubleheader against Alcorn State, Saturday, defeating the Lady Braves, 6-1, in the opening match and 4-0 in the afternoon contest at LU’s Thompson Family Tennis Center.

  The Cardinals finished the day with six shutout sets, including four in the first match. Big Red was especially dominant in doubles play surrendering a total of five games in the five completed matches.

  After taking the doubles point with ease in the opening match, senior Talisa Merchiers overwhelmed Alcorn State’s Veronika Pytlikova, 6-0, 6-0. Freshman Jasmin Buchta quickly followed with a straight-sets victory, 6-2, 6-2, over Natalia Parchowska. Buchta’s win put the Red and White within one point of the overall victory.

  The clincher came from another freshman Sanja Jolic recorded a 6-0, 6-4 decision over Marlene Maier.

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Stephanie Marchena, above. UP photo by Matt Beadle

LU utilized the same formula in the second match — dominate in doubles and ride that momentum through singles. Buchta and senior  recorded a shutout at line 3 doubles, while Merchiers and junior  added a 6-2 victory at No. 2 for the point.

  Just like in the opening match, the Cardinals took five of the first six opening sets which set the tone for the rest of the match. Hannah Elfving was the first Cardinal off the court with her 6-1, 6-2, decision over Natalia Parchowska at No. 6 singles. Senior  Katya Lepayeva added a lopsided 6-0, 6-3, victory at No. 1 to give the Cardinals a 3-0 advantage. Big Red didn’t have to wait long to close out the day as Buchta got the match winner on court three.

The Cardinals return to action Feb. 25, when they travel to Edinburg to take on UT Rio Grande Valley.

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