The men’s and women’s tennis teams wrapped up the Lone Star Conference Championship in Oklahoma City last weekend to top off ACU’s recent LSC success.
“It was great to see our team come together,” said senior Dina Pavlin. “We fought hard until the very last point.”
The two tennis championships, plus golf’s LSC championship, gave ACU three LSC crowns in less than a week.
“Everybody is starting to click on all cylinders at the right time of the year,” said senior Brett Proctor. “It was huge for us to win the way we did.”
Entering the tournament as the No. 1 seed in the men’s and women’s brackets, ACU was poised to win, and they did not disappoint. The ACU men hammered Cameron 5-0, and the women beat Northeastern State 5-1.
“It felt good to go out there and dominate as a team,” said junior Jaclyn Walker. “Sometimes it’s harder to beat the teams we know we should beat. We just went out there and played and dominated.”
In a rematch of the previous two LSC championships, the ACU men faced off against a good Cameron team in the final. The Aggies proved to be no match for the men in purple, however, as ACU won all three doubles matches and the first two singles matches to end the championship and capture their second straight crown.
“The team deserves it,” said sophomore Eldad Campbell. “We have worked hard all semester. There have been some ups and downs, but we wanted it as a team.”
The women were almost as impressive, winning two of three doubles matches and all three singles matches. It is the ACU women’s third straight LSC championship, and they currently hold seventh place nationally.
Next up for both Wildcat teams is the NCAA National Championship tournament.
“We will face some good competition,” Walker said. “As a team, I don’t think we will get uptight or nervous. We will just relax and go out there determined.”
The regional finals will be May 6-8, and the winners will advance to the NCAA Championships.