The women’s tennis team continues its winning ways at home, against the Southland Conference, and the New Orleans Privateers after Sunday’s 5-2 indoor win at Teague.
The victory raised the Wildcats’ season and conference record to 10-8 and 6-0 and kept them unbeaten in their all-time series vs. UNO 6-0.
ACU has already won their previous two duals against the Privateers, however Sunday the Wildcats started with three-consecutive points for a pair of doubles triumphs at the top two line were after senior Autumn Crossnoe Bellow’s, three-set win and sophomore Nini Memishishi’s comeback victory against Vullings,3-6,6-3,6-4. Both Wildcats are both 4-2 in the Southland.
Bellow says Salma was a great competitor and it felt amazing to give 100% for it to pay off.
“I was proud of my ability to stay focused and collected during the long match,” Bellow says, “with so many ups and downs throughout.”
Two wins by UNO lowered ACU’s lead to 3-2, however the Wildcats soon received their match-clinching point at No. 5 line, where freshman Allison Stewart knocked off Johnson.
Stewart won both of her league matches at home, improving her record to 10-9.
Sophomore Ileana Mocciola scored ACU’s final team point at No. 6, for her spring victory No. 10.
ACU has now won five out of six doubles points and its 11 combinations of the season. The new combined record is 38-27.
The women will return to action for their four-match homestand Friday, April 5 vs. Lamar at 11am. Then host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sunday, April 7th at 1 p.m.
Meanwhile, the men’s tennis finished a 2-0 home weekend following its 5-2 win over New Orleans on Sunday.
The men’s team was able to start time back to play outside against the Privateers, while the women played them inside of teague. The Wildcats’ fourth-straight win over UNO started with a close call in doubles. ACU’s No. 3 duo, junior Jonathan Sheehy and junior Nicolas Moceanu won 6-1, but the No. 2 team of senior Josh Sheehy and freshman Riley Tran were doubled up 6-3 at the No. 2 line.
However, the No. 1, was the Wildcat team of junior Jackson Fine and senior Cole Lawson, which earned the all-important first point and on won their seventh win together and third at the top line. This combination started the season at the No. 3 line, but has now moved to No.1.
Josh Sheehy was first off the courts, after beating Westkamp, 6-4, 6-4, and two later freshman Dimitris Azoides defeats Klein, 6-3,6-4, giving ACU a 3-1 lead.
Jonathan Sheehy lost to No. 2 Fomenkov, after Tran won a close match between him and Kramer. Moceanu then beat Armand 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3.
ACU now has a record of 77-39 in singles and a 30-20 mark in doubles.
Bellow said they will be practicing a lot of doubles, in order to prepare for this upcoming weekend.
“The tennis is there, and we just need to trust ourselves to give the effort, focus, and fight that it will take to take down such competitive teams,” Bellow said. “As a team, we need to make sure we go into this coming weekend with confidence in ourselves and our abilities, and that will show on the court.”
The Wildcats return on Friday vs. Lamar and then will also host Texas A&M- Corpus Christi on Saturday.