The men’s and women’s tennis teams wrapped up the fall season with a pair of top-five finishes.
The men closed the season at Tyler Junior College and the women finished up at the University of Kansas.
Women’s doubles pair Emily Conrad and Madelyn Walker finished third out of 16 teams after winning their draw by defeating the Universities of Kansas, Missouri at Kansas State and Iowa State.
“It feels really good to win. We ended on a good note at a good tournament with some great competition,” Walker said. “We have made a lot of improvement this season and so it was a good way to end the season.”
The other doubles duo Brittney Reed and Laura Mongin also finished third after defeating an identical line up of Division 1 teams. They were beat by the top-seeded University of Indiana in a close match but came back to finish the day with an 8-4 victory over Iowa State.
Walker also won two straight matches in the singles division, finishing fifth overall in the ‘E’ bracket.
Two players from the men’s team made their collegiate debuts in Tyler. Guilherme Gusser and Michael Morris played in their first collegiate tournament in the place of Hans Hach, who finished his season at the Small College National Championship in Alabama.
Seniors Nick Plum and Cody McCarty, along with junior Alfredo Desiati, joined Gusser and Morris. Desiati and the men’s team faced many Division 1 opponents in this season’s closer, but came out with four draw wins under their belt.
“We had Nick Plum, Cody McCarty and Guilherme, who’s a freshman, all advancing to the semis,” Desiati said. “Overall our team did really well.”
With three seniors graduating next year, there are spots to be filled on the men’s team while all members of the women’s team plan to return for another winning season.
“We are a really young team, nobody is graduating,” said Walker. “I’m excited to have the same team next year as we had this year, we can continue growing as a team.”