The men’s tennis team went 3-2 in matches on the road last weekend, while the women’s team swept three matches in Oklahoma.
The men’s team started a long road trip off right Thursday, sweeping Colorado State University-Pueblo 9-0. With the win on Thursday, ACU remained hot, sweeping Metro State in Colorado Springs 9-0. In both of theses matches ACU, only dropped one set. Bruno Hurtado won the first set for CSUP before Hans Hach came back and won the next two 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles match.
“It was a good tournament last weekend, we played three Division I opponents and two Division II opponents. We showed our dominance against the Division II opponents, not dropping a match,” Senior Bryan Joiner said. “We played well against the Division I opponents, knocking off Northern Arizona and playing our closest match of the season against Air Force.”
In the final match Friday, the Wildcats dropped a 5-2 decision to Air Force University. ACU got wins from No. 2 Eldad Campbell and No. 4 Jake Hendrie in singles matches. Air Force would win everything else though, including two of three doubles matches to earn the doubles point.
After three matches in Colorado, ACU traveled to Albuquerque, N.M., for a pair of matches. The Wildcats split a pair of matches against two Div. I opponents. ACU played No. 60 New Mexico University closely in every game, but the Lobos swept ACU 7-0.
ACU would then rebound by knocking off its second Div. I opponent this season, defeating Northern Arizona 6-1. The Wildcats dropped the doubles portion of the match, but would answer by sweeping all six singles matches. The victory improved the 13th ranked Wildcats to 5-4 overall this season.
“The intent of the weekend was to face a high level of competition and put the team under some adversity,” Coach Hutton Jones said. “Overall, it was a great weekend, and we got a lot accomplished.”
The Women’s team had a busy travel schedule as well, as ACU swept two Lone Star Conference matches Saturday in Oklahoma. ACU defeated Southeastern Oklahoma State University and East Central University 9-0. ACU was not finished though, as they traveled to Edmond, Okla., to take on the University of Central Oklahoma on Sunday. The Wildcats swept the Broncos 9-0 to improve to 5-3 on the season.
The women’s team finished its road trip in Tulsa, Okla., as ACU defeated Northeastern State University 8-1. ACU will enter this weekend’s matches at 6-3.
“I think we did pretty well, we won the first three 9-0, and then the last match we won 8-1. I think the matches went great overall,” said freshman Micah Hermsdorf. “We are playing well right now, so I expect us to play hard and do our best this weekend, and hopefully, the score will work out for us.”
Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams will host the ACU March Invite this weekend. The men’s team will play three matches, while the women’s team will play four. The matches will take place Friday and Saturday at ACU’s tennis courts.