By Brian Roe, Sports Writer
The No. 1 women’s team in the region showed why it claims supremacy over other conference schools by decisively winning two conference matches in three days.
The women started out on the road Saturday playing conference rival Tarleton State in Stephenville. The Lady Wildcats won all three doubles matches and five of the six singles matches to easily defeat Tarleton on their home courts.
Assistant coach Andi Wildner, former women’s player, traveled with the team to Stephenville and said the ACU women clearly dominated the match.
“We played a very good match. Our team has a lot of talent this year,” Wildner said.
On Monday, the women played two indoor matches at the Teague Special Events Center, sweeping by conference rival Midwestern State and Central Arkansas, both by the score of 9-0.
Both schools were solid opponents, but the real test will come over the next two weeks when the women will face Division 1 opponents Kentucky, Wright State, Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky.
“These two matches were good for us but we’re getting ready for the Kentucky road trip. Kentucky is the No. 15 team in Division 1 and it will be a great experience to play them to get ready for our Division 2 regional tournament,” Hutton Jones, head men’s and women’s tennis coach, said.
Jones said this year’s team may be the best he has ever coached, boasting three all-Americans in seniors Lacy Johnson, Kristen Chumley and Sarah Taweel. Depth is key this year as the team will carry nine players as opposed to the traditional eight.
“This is the first team I have coached that can crack the top four in the nation,” Jones said. “We are so deep one through nine that we are able to stay in every match. Talent-wise, this is a very, very good team.”
The women will travel Feb. 14 to begin play against the four Kentucky teams and David Lipscomb in Nashville. The five matches will be played over a period of three days.