The men’s tennis team traveled to Dallas last weekend to compete in the Brookshire Indoor Pavilion. The Wildcats were looking to have a successful dual season opener against Troy University and Southern Methodist University.
On the first day of competition, the Wildcats suffered a 5-2 loss to Troy.
Sophomore and Dallas native Nico Agritelley at the No. 3 singles position and freshman Paul Domanski at the No. 6 position contributed the victories of the day.
The two young players swept their opponents as Agritelley won 6-0, 6-3 against Daniel Bustamante and Domanski won 6-3, 6-1 against Austin Racine.
Three Wildcats were swept in straight sets as junior Marco Bensley won his first set 4-6, but then lost his other sets to Cyprian Owczarz 6-3, 6-3, to conclude his loss in the match.
In doubles, ACU partners Agritelley/Gesser, Proctor/Domanski and Bensley/Adams each suffered losses to Troy.
The Wildcats went on to day two of the tournament in high hopes of improving their performance from the previous day.
However, not much improvement was shown as the Wildcats suffered six straight losses to SMU.
SMU showed up and repeated what the team did last winter as the Mustangs defeated ACU 7-0. This season the team came in with a 1-0 start after defeating UC Santa Barbara.
In singles, though there were no wins, Agritelley and Bensley’s matches each went into five sets as the players put up a good fight.
ACU’s lone senior Guilherme Gesser and Agritelley defeated Arturs Kazijevs and Markus Kerner of SMU 6-4 in doubles. That was the only win of the day for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats will look to bounce back from their consecutive losses on the road this weekend. ACU will travel to Kentucky to take on Murray State, Lipscomb and Bethel and then travel to Tennessee to compete against Austin Peay State University.
The Wildcats will return home Feb. 7 for their first home tournament of the season.