The men and women’s tennis teams concluded its season this weekend at the Southland Conference Championships, both losing in the first-round of the tournament.
Northwestern State faced the women Friday morning and edged out a 4-3 victory by winning four singles matches, while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi handed the men a 4-2 loss on Saturday.
Senior Lucile Pothier and freshman Nini Memishishi won their doubles match 6-3, and freshman Ileana Mocciola and sophomore Autumn Crossnoe also stole a 6-4 win to give the Wildcats the doubles point to start the day.
NSU would redeem itself, however, by winning four singles matches to capture the victory and move on to the next round.
Sophomore Sarah Adams and Pothier picked up the only two singles victories for their team. Adams won her match in straight sets against sophomore Emilija Dancetovic 6-3, 6-2, while Pothier also took only two sets in a 6-1, 6-2 win over junior Polina Mutel.
Adams said she was pleased with her team’s performance, despite the loss.
“I wouldn’t say there was anything that wasn’t working for us. We gave it our all, and even though we didn’t get the W on paper, we certainly got the W in plenty of other areas,” Adams said. “If we keep doing what we’re doing and pushing each other to get better, I have full confidence that we will be back in the tournament next year.”
For the men, junior Josh Sheehy and his brother, sophomore Jonathan Sheehy, dropped their doubles match 6-1, and seniors Henry Adams and Brad Gleason lost theirs 6-3. This discontinued seniors Paul Domanski and Hunter Holman’s match since Corpus Christi clinched the double point.
“I’ve been looking forward to this tournament ever since I got to college,” Josh said. “It was awesome getting to compete for a chance to go to the NCAAs and having the confidence at conference from beating these teams before.”