The Wildcats served up a traveling, tennis-filled spring break.
Saturday, March 9, the teams played a double header to start their streak of games.
The men traveled to Houston, where they faced Prairie View University 6-1. The singles matches of Hans Hach and Jason Proctor went unfinished in an effort to save time for Rice. Overall the team completed 4 singles matches and won in 2 of 3 of the doubles matches. When faced against Rice later in the day, the team couldn’t keep pace and left Houston with a 0-4 loss.
While the men were in Houston,the women’s team was in Kingsville, where they matched up against Laredo College 6-0 and Texas A&M (Kingsville) 9-0.
Sunday, March 10, both teams geared up in San Antonio to play the University of the Incarnate Ward. The men were able to make a comeback from their loss against Rice and won 7-2. The women continued their celebration of the weekend with another 9-0 victory.
“The wind was a tough condition for us all weekend,” Micah Hermsdorf said about the the San Antonio match. “I feel like we won the wind battle and came out on top against a decent team”.
Both teams put on their best game faces as they spent three days of their spring break in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tuesday, March 12, both teams couldn’t catch a wave as they were defeated by Hawaii Pacific University.
Ending day one in Vegas, the ladies won only 1 of 3 singles and 2 of 3 doubles matches, leaving them with a 3-6 loss. The men’s team fell short with a 1-8 loss. Nicklas Wingord was the only one to gain point for the team, defeating Maxime Halflants 6-4, 6-3.
Day two started to look better as the match of the day was against Fresno Pacific University. The men’s team improved from their previous match, but it wasn’t enough. They dominated in half of their singles matches and only one of their doubles matches. The team added a 4-5 loss to their season.
The women’s team came back to win 6-3. They were victorious in 4 of 6 singles and 2 of 3 doubles matches. Mogin, Kaysie Hemsdorf, Emily Conrad and Jamie Lee Denton had something to celebrate.
Their last day in Vegas, both teams couldn’t find the jackpot as they faced off against Armstrong Atlantic State University.
The men’s team could not seem to find any luck as they suffered their first no win loss, 0-9. They matched with four players that are ranked in the top 25 of the nation.
The women’s team fell from their previous triumph, 1-8. The duo of sisters Julia and Laura Mongin were the only to gain the team point as they defeated Barboa Krtickova and Aleksndra Filipovski 8-4.
“Vegas was a great wake up call for us” Hermsdorf said “we played good teams, hopefully we’ll see them again at national.” Julia Mongin added “Having great matches and competitors makes us stronger.”
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