ACU extended its home winning streak to three matches on Friday, evening their record at 3-3 on the season.
The Wildcats were back home on Friday for an indoor doubleheader against Oral Roberts and Prairie View A&M. Coming into the series, ACU was undefeated against both opponents since moving up to NCAA Division I in 2014.
The Wildcats easily took the first match against ORU, going 7-0 on the morning. All six of ACU’s singles players won in straight sets and won two of the three doubles matches played. Senior Jackson Fine took a commanding victory over Andre Russo in their singles matchup, 6-1, 6-2.
In the doubles matchups, seniors Nikolas Moceanu and Akinori Wada defeated Marcello Moreira and Andre Russo, 6-4 at No. 2. ORU’s Geronimo Busleiman and Baranbas Koncz took down the dynamic senior duo of Jonathan Sheehy and Jackson Fine, 7-1 at the No. 1.
“Oral Roberts is a good team, they are always a good team,” Head Coach John Walker said. “The 7-0 score is overshadowed, but we did a lot of good things we were working on.”
The nightcap of the doubleheader featured the Panthers of Prairie View A&M, with ACU taking the series 6-1. The Wildcats had two competitors play three spots ahead in the lineup, sophomore Riley Tran and freshman Savan Chhabra, while freshman Cole Stokes and junior Joaquin Delgado made their spring debuts.
Delgado swept Kevin Ugarteche, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 5, and Stokes . won his match up over T. Washington, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 6. Sophomore Dimitrious Azoidis extended his spring winning streak to four with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Jorge Caballero at the top spot.
“Our goal was to create patterns to get more forehands and come to the net more,” Walker said. “The guys bought into it, and we saw it executed on the court today.”
The Wildcats will have a rematch against Prairie View A&M in Waco on Saturday, March 7. ACU will continue their homestand Saturday, Feb. 8 with two matchups at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. against in-state rivals Tyler Junior College and Trinity University.