By Michael Freeman, Sports Writer
After several games on the road, the men’s and women’s tennis teams both added wins to their records.
The women’s tennis team returned from a successful trip in Colorado this weekend. On Friday, the women swept both Colorado State University-Pueblo and Metropolitan State 9-0. On Saturday, the Wildcats defeated the U.S. Air Force Academy 4-3, but, Colorado State University squeaked by ACU 4-3.
After the trip, the women’s record improved to 11-2.
Head coach Hutton Jones said he liked the results from this past weekend.
“It was a good trip,” Jones said. “I think we are a tougher team than we were [before the trip].”
After dominating their first two matches against Colorado State-Pueblo and Metropolitan State, the Wildcats faced two talented Division I universities, Colorado State and the Air Force. In the end, the women beat Air Force, but fell to Colorado State. After the match, Jon Messick, head coach of Colorado State, called ACU a “quality team.”
The women took that comment into Stephenville Tuesday, when they took on Tarleton State University. Jones anticipated a close match with the regional rival. Tarleton State is ranked 19th in the Division II national polls. ACU is ranked ninth.
From Feb. 15-18, the Wildcat men played two matches in California. ACU beat Sonoma State University 8-1, but lost to Azusa Pacific University 6-3. The Wildcats’ other match against Cal Poly Pomona University was cancelled because of rain. This week, the men play at home in scrimmage matches against Hardin-Simmons University and the New Mexico Military Institute.
Jones said the team is preparing for the match-up with Cameron University on March 7 in Lawton, Okla. In the past two years, ACU has beaten Cameron three times by the same score of 5-4.