Lamar athletes garner weekly SLC honors

Lamar athletes garner weekly SLC honors

It was a good week for Lamar athletes as senior Leigh Lattimore was named the Southland Conference Women’s Cross-Country Athlete of the Week, and seniors Kimmy Albeno and Bailey Fontenot swept the SLC Soccer Players of the Week.

Lattimore became the second Lady Cardinal in as many weeks to earn the honor as she led Lamar to the team title at the Texas A&M Invitational on Sept. 20 by finishing sixth, running 4,100 meters in 14:19.0

“Leigh had a tremendous day at Texas A&M,” said head coach Darren Gauson.

Lattimore follows Lamar junior Verity Ockenden, who was honored by the conference last week.

Albeno was named the offensive player of the week after scoring three goals and an assist in LU’s 4-0 win over Texas Southern and 4-1 win over Northwestern State in conference play. She leads Lamar with 11 points and five goals and is a record-setter with 30 career goals.

Fontenot tied the Lamar record for career shutouts with 12 when she blanked Texas Southern. Her win over Northwestern State was the 20th victory of her career, two shy of the record held by Jennifer Gibbs.

“I’m very proud of Kimmy and Bailey,” said coach Orlando Cervantes. “They have become team leaders and are performing at a high level. In addition, they are just great young ladies.”

Cross country

The Lady Cardinals are ranked sixth in the South Central Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the highest of any Southland Conference squad, and will next compete Oct. 6-8 in the New Mexico State Invitational in Las Cruces.

Soccer

With wins over Texas Southern and Northwestern State last weekend, LU’s soccer team (3-5, 1-0) will travel to SLC’s defending champion Stephen F. Austin on Friday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. then play at Houston Baptist on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m.

Football

After walloping Division II Mississippi College 44-10 last week to improve to 3-1, the Cards will open SLC play this Saturday, Sept. 27, as they host Sam Houston State at 7 p.m.

Sam Houston State has struggled this year with a 1-3 record and was off last week. Their last performance was a 47-21 loss to Division II Colorado-State-Pueblo two weeks ago.

LU trails the all-time series to Sam Houston State with a 17-8-1 (.327) record and the Bearkats are 9-6 all-time in Beaumont. The Cards lost a hard fought game in Huntsville last season losing 14-3.

Men’s golf

The Cards made their second trip to the state of Illinois in as many weeks, and this time left the Land of Lincoln with a much better impression. Led by sophomore Mans Berglund’s one-under 209, the Cardinals carded a three-round 289-286-284 – 859 to finish tied for sixth with Purdue.

“Clearly, we are feeling a little bit better about ourselves this week compared to our season opener,” said head coach Brian White. “That opening weekend really showed us some areas where we needed some work, and I think our guys really focused on that heading into this tournament. I’m very proud of how we continued to get stronger in every round. I thought Mans was consistent through all three rounds. He did a great job at the top of our lineup.”

Berglund just missed out on the overall individual title falling to Tulsa’s Colton Staggs by four strokes with a 209 to tie for fourth.

Other golfers were senior Gustaf Burenstam (T26, 215), sophomore Louis Bemberg (T32, 217), senior Luke Jerling (T54, 221) and sophomore Zander Gous (73rd, 226).

LU will travel to South Bend to participate in the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic on Sept. 28-30.

Volleyball

LU felt another sweep last week going 0-3 in matches in the Oklahoma Nike Invitational losing 3-0 to Portland State, Oklahoma and UA-Little Rock.

Now 0-12, Lamar will open conference play on Saturday, Sept. 27 when they host Sam Houston State at 1 p.m. The first 100 students will receive free Lamar sunglasses and the team will host a post-game autograph session.

Men’s tennis

The Cards had a solid weekend at the Rice Fall Invitational last weekend as Lamar’s Nikita Lis reached the semifinals in the singles competition, while the Cards’ two doubles teams went undefeated.

“I’m very proud with our overall performance,” head coach Scott Shankles said. “We played a lot of good tennis and posted some quality wins.”

The doubles competition was never concluded because of rain. Lamar’s two teams were scheduled to meet each other in the semifinals when the competition was halted.

LU is off until Oct. 3 when they host the Ron Wesbrooks Invitational.

Women’s tennis

Sophomore Hanna Elfving fell in the finals of her singles draw at the Solinco Houston Open on Sept. 20 losing a 6-0, 6-1 decision to Angela Lorenzo of Houston.

In doubles play, Elfving and teammate Anna Spengler fell to the duo of Charlotte Phillips of Houston and Valeria Tarentyeva of Stephen F. Austin by an 8-3 score.

The Lady Cardinals continue their fall tennis season when they compete at the Northwestern State Invitational, a two-day event that gets under way Sept. 26 in Natchitoches, La.

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