By Brian Roe, Sports Writer
The women’s tennis team made its way through Oklahoma and Dallas last week, losing two matches to Division I schools Tulsa and Southern Methodist, on one of its longest stretches of the season.
The Lady Wildcats played a close match against Tulsa losing 6-3 on March 21. Tulsa was heavily favored over ACU who held their own against a more experienced team. The women again played in Tulsa on Saturday defeating Oral Roberts by a score of 8-1.
ACU next traveled to Ada, Okla., winning 8-1 over East Central Oklahoma before heading south to Dallas.
Collin County was ACU’s next victim, losing to the Wildcats 9-0. Later on Monday, the women faced off against SMU and were soundly beaten 9-0.
“It was fun to play those teams,” sophomore Rachel Taylor said. “We don’t see that level very often, but we showed that even though we lost, we have the talent and the ability to compete at a higher level.”
The women’s team also won their own Wildcat Invitational this weekend winning over teams Eastern New Mexico, Midwestern and Cameron. The Lady Wildcats are now 18-3 on the season with all three losses coming to Division I schools.
The women will next travel to California to play against rival Pepperdine in Malibu. The team will also compete in the Cal-Poly Invitational April 4-6.
“Pepperdine will be tough; they have a really good program up there,” Taylor said. “We didn’t play as well at this tournament last year, and we would like to make up for that.”
The men’s tennis team has also been busy. The men also won the Wildcat Invitational last weekend, including a win over Collin County. Julien Curatella, Clayton Morgan, Trent Broach, Jason Ray, Evan Puglia and Jason Purser all won their singles matches.
The men will next travel to Lexington, Kent., on April 10 to compete in the Kentucky Duals.