Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams easily won their matchups in ACU’s March Invite Tournament this weekend, the only matches scheduled to be played at home until mid-April.
The men swept both Hardin-Simmons and Temple College on Friday, defeating the Cowboys and Leopards nine matches to none both times.
“We’re playing strong teams, but we’re stronger,” sophomore Eldad Campbell said. “We’ve got plenty more matches in the next couple weeks, but we played great this weekend and are getting better every day.”
The Wildcats didn’t face much opposition Friday, as each singles match was won in two sets and all the doubles matches ended after one set. The closest matches against HSU were Jake Hendrie’s and John Strahl’s 6-4, 6-2 wins. Against Temple, Cody McCarty closed out Justin Delgado for the 6-4, 6-3 win, the closest point for the Wildcats. Saturday the men swept New Mexico Military Institute.
The Wildcat men’s team is now 8-4 and rolling on a four-game win streak.
“This weekend we showed toughness,” said redshirt freshman Hans Hoch. “We maintained focus throughout the weekend; that’s why we came up with the wins.”
As for the women’s team, the Lady Wildcats extended their win streak to nine games on Saturday, nearly sweeping both opposing schools.
The No. 6 ‘Cats defeated New Mexico Military Institute 9-0. Julia Mongin, the No. 1 singles player for ACU, faced the toughest contest, defeating Karla Martinez 7-6, 6-4 to aid the sweep of NMMI.
The second half of the doubleheader brought the University of Texas-Pan American, a Division I school. ACU nearly swept UTPA, but settled with a 6-1 win. Though the Wildcats No. 1 doubles team, Jaclyn Walker and Micah Hermsdorf, fell to the Broncs’ No. 1 team, but the No. 2 and 3 teams for ACU won their matches to earn the point for ACU. The ‘Cats nearly swept UTPA in singles, only Cassie Carver lost her match 4-6, 7-6, 10-8.
This Friday the Lady Wildcats take on UT-San Antonio and St. Mary’s, before meeting St. Edwards and Incarnate Word on Saturday and Sunday, the No. 6 and 7 ranked teams in the South Central Region, respectively.