Both the men’s and women’s tennis team had a successful start to their season last weekend.
The women traveled to Sam Houston State, where they triumphed, 6-1. The men’s team was at home hosting the ACU Indoor Invitational.
“It’s early and we’re trying to condition them to get ready for the season,” said head coach Hutton Jones.
The women won all three of their doubles matches and five of six of their singles matches.
Julia Mongin was one of the top girls of the weekend, beating No. 1, Imke Jagau in a singles match. Partnered with Brittney Reed, the duo had a doubles victory of (8-3) against SHSU’s Nadia Dubyanskaya and Tanya Postikova.
Junior Micah Hermsdorf and senior Hannah Kelley also had an eventful weekend, each winning their singles match as well as winning when partnered for a doubles match.
Hermsdorf defeated Sheridan Currie in her singles match and Kelley went up against Kayla Stevenson and won. Micah faced Currie again in a doubles match with Kelley as they defeated Currie and Natalie Petaia with a match score 8-3.
The men’s team took on Trinity University and Oklahoma Christian at home.
In the game against Trinity, the Wildcats were losing 2-1 after their doubles matches, but quickly gained momentum, winning five of six of their single match-ups to defeat the Tigers 6-3.
Though the mood was high from a great win, the men’s team could not keep the same energy and was defeated by Oklahoma Christian University 2-7.
They won only one of their singles match ups when Guilherme Gesser defeated Josip Smoljan.
Though the men did not win both contests, assistant coach John Walker is confident in the teams.
“Our goal is to peak at the right time,” Walker said. “It’s a metal toughness we’re talking about.”
The men’s team is facing five matches in three days.playing the University of Southern Indian Thursday and Murray State.
Friday, the Wildcats will continue to Tennessee where they will match up against Belmont University and Austin Peay State University. They also challenge Lipscomb University.
The women’s team will remain in Abilene to play two matches Friday.
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