The men’s and women’s tennis teams claimed victory at the Racquet Club Invitational in Midland and the Walmart Open in Abilene last weekend.
After the men’s team split to compete in both tournaments, they will head off to Las Cruces, New Mexico for the New Mexico State Invitational Friday while the women’s team heads to Norman, Oklahoma for the Oklahoma Invitational.
“I think we just need to do the same thing,” said Nico Agritelley, sophomore from Dallas. “We did a lot of match play beforehand going into Midland, so I think we need to continue doing the same. Playing a lot of matches, playing a lot of sets and also get a lot of reps in on our own.”
Agritelly beat Rice University’s No. 1 singles player and collected a doubles win with Gui Gesser, senior from Florianópolis, Brazil.
“I think we were all really prepared,” Agritelley said. “We did a lot of match play the past couple of weeks beforehand. I think we’re all match tough and we’re all match ready. “
In his first collegiate tournament, Henry Adams, freshman form San Antonio, went 2-0 and reached the quarterfinals of mens flight No. 2 bracket with two 8-5 wins over players from New Mexico and Texas.
“I think it was good for me as a freshman to kinda get my feet wet in the big college tournaments,” Adams said. “I think it gave me some more experience that I didn’t have before. I think it will definitely help me going into a tournament that we’re expected to do better than in a tournament where we’re the underdog like last weekend.”
The women’s team looks to build off strong performances by multiple players, including Nada Marjanovic, junior from Ontario, Canada, Ansley Boarman, sophomore from Missouri City, Kaysie Hermsdorf, junior from Spring, and Lucile Pothier, freshman from Mouxy, France.
Marjanovic won both the women’s singles and doubles titles in the Walmart Open when she defeated fellow Wildcat, Whitney Williams, freshman from Anchorage, Alaska. Marjanovic and her partner, Boarman, who captured the flight No. 2 women’s singles championship at the Open, defeated Williams and Carli Knezenich, freshman from Austin, in the finals.
Hermsdorf and Potheir went 2-0 in doubles play at the Midland Invitational, reaching the women’s doubles quarterfinals. Potheir also won her first match of the flight No. 2 women’s singles against Tulsa’s Alba Escalona Perry.
The New Mexico State Invitational and the Oklahoma Invitational start at 8 a.m. Friday.