By Michael Freeman, Sports Writer
The tennis teams returned from a busy spring break this year with some impressive victories. The Wildcat women cruised over St. Mary’s University 9-0 and Midwestern State University 8-1, but the team lost to the University of West Florida 8-1.
The men beat St. Mary’s 8-1, Midwestern State 5-4 and Temple College 6-1, but fell to Texas A&M 7-0 and West Florida 6-3.
The women improved their record to 15-3, and the men are now 9-4 on the season.
On March 11, the ACU women traveled to New Braunfels to take on St. Mary’s University. Without dropping a set, the women swept St. Mary’s 9-0. The following day, the Wildcats crushed the 39th-ranked Mustangs of Midwestern State University 8-1. Last Wednesday, however, the women fell to the University of West Florida 8-1. West Florida is ranked third in the NCAA Division II national poll. ACU is ranked ninth.
Two weeks ago, the Wildcat men defeated St. Mary’s University 8-1 in New Braunfels. Then the men faced a hotly contested match against the second ranked team in the Division II Central Region – Midwestern State University. Four out of the six singles matches went to three sets. The match ended with ACU holding on to the first place spot in the Central Region with a 5-4 victory over Midwestern State.
“We knew it was going to be 5-4,” player Juan Nunez said. “They’re our rivals. We were excited to play that match. Anybody could have won.”
Last Monday, the Wildcats trounced Temple College 6-1 in College Station. But then the University of Texas A&M Aggies, who are ranked 22nd in the NCAA Division I national polls, downed ACU 7-0. And on Wednesday, the men fell to the University of West Florida 6-3.
This weekend, both the women’s and men’s teams will play in the ACU Wildcat Invitational.
“It should be a fun match,” player Ryan Hudson said. “If we play well, then we should come out on top.”