By Brian Roe, Sports Writer
Central Oklahoma edged ACU in a nailbiter last Tuesday, winning five of the nine matches over the Wildcats.
The men’s tennis team, playing in Lawton, Okla., got singles victories from senior Julien Curatella and juniors Trent Broach and Jason Purser.
Curatella, ACU’s No. 1 player, beat UCO’s top player, Henry So, 6-3, 7-5.
Broach, playing in the three spot, came back against Nouchine Guettabi after losing in a tough first set 5-7. Broach won the second set 6-0 and the third 6-4.
Purser also came back after dropping the first set to Christian Haugen and won the final two sets 6-4 and 6-3.
In doubles, the combo of Jason Ray-Sal Taweel won over Randy Robinson-Chadd Woodward by a score of 9-8. The Wildcats lost the other two doubles matches.
The men rebounded after the tough loss to UOC by defeating Cameron, six to three.
ACU dominated the singles matches with wins from Curatella, Broach, Ray and Taweel, while Evan Puglia-Ray and Curatella-Purser won in doubles matches for the Wildcats.
The men’s team now has a record of 12 wins and 10 losses heading into the Kentucky Duals, which begin on April 10 in Lexington, Kent.
The Kentucky Duals will be the last regular season tournament for the Wildcats. The Lone Star Conference begins its postseason tournament on Thursday, April 17, in Wichita Falls.