The ACU tennis teams will be represented at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in Mobile, Ala. Junior Hans Hach and Sophomore Borja Cortés will represent the men’s side as senior Julia Mongin and sophomore Brittney Reed will represent the women. They will all go into the tournament ranked in the top four seeds, after their domination at the South Central regional championships two weeks ago.
The tournament will run from Thursday to Saturday morning, as players from eight regions, from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges will compete for a chance at their respected championships. They will compete for three days, in hopes of getting the chance to compete on Sunday for a wild card entry into the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.
Cortés and Reed are making their fall postseason debuts, but for Hach and Mongin, it is another step in their quest for a national championship. The all-Americans have qualified for this championship each of the last three years. In 2010, Hach placed fifth in singles during his first trip to Mobile. He placed third in singles last fall in his return. He also won the doubles third-place match with Bryan Joiner in 2010. Hach and Cortés are looking to bring a men’s doubles championship back home to Abilene.
ACU’s last National Small College Championships doubles titles came in 1994 on the men’s side by the team of John Cole and Robby Scott. The Wildcats also won both men’s (Lance Cowart/Brent Klapprott) and women’s (Michelle King/Lara Mahaney) doubles crowns in 1991. The Wildcat’s quartet is hoping they can add their names to that list of winners.