The women’s tennis team will start its season Friday at the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, Indiana.
The Wildcats will spend all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday competing against Indiana, Harvard, Marquette and Oregon.
“We know the girls are not going to be at 100 percent just coming off winter,” said Juan Nunez, assistant coach. “Nonetheless, we will be facing good opponents, and we expect to see a strong effort from our team.”
This is not the first time the Wildcats having competed in the invitational. ACU had a strong outing, winning six singles matches and losing eight last year. Kaysie and Micah Hermsdorf, then sophomore and a senior, upset two doubles teams from Harvard, and Brittney Reed, a senior, and Erin Walker, a sophomore, knocked off doubles teams from Indiana and Marquette.
“Since we have played some of these schools before, it will help because we know that we are capable of beating them,” Walker said. “At first it was a little intimidating playing well known schools, but playing close matches against them will give us confidence to play them well.”
Three of the teams competing against the Wildcats this weekend have earned national rankings. Indiana is No. 41, Harvard is No. 68 and Oregon is No. 71.
While the ‘Cats may not have a national ranking by their name, they do have an impressive Southland Conference season under their belt. They finished 4th overall in their first season of conference play.
“Playing in the Southland last year made me realize that everyone is good,” Walker said. “I expect the same thing this year, and now I know that you have to bring your best every day to compete.”
ACU will have some additional help this time around in Indiana with the addition of three freshmen. Whitney Williams, Carli Knezevich and Lucile Pothier all contributed in their first season with the Wildcats.
This invitational marks the first competitive play of a jam-packed spring season for the Wildcats. They will play over 25 days of tennis between now and mid-April.