It wasn’t all sunshine in the Sunshine state for the Wildcats this weekend as both teams ended their regular season with a two day tournament in Pensacola, Florida.
Friday, it was a battle for the better cat as the the Wildcats matched with the Tigers of Auburn University.
The men’s team fell 1-8 under the pressure, while the women’s team came out on top with a 5-3 win.
Borja Cortes gained the only team point from his singles match where he defeated Othmane Lalami 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-4.
The women’s team gained points for 2 of 5 of their singles matches and all three of their doubles matches.
Laura Mongin challenged M. Fernanda Vargas 6-1, 6-0. Kaysie Hermsdorf was also victorious 6-1, 7-5 in defeating Morgane Zowczak.
Day two in Florida proved to be a repeat of disappointment as the men’s team went 1-8 against the University of West Florida.
Hans Hach was the only point received for the team, as he took on Kevin Duros 7-6, 7-5.
The ladies were able to hold their own, beating West Florida 5-4.
There were 3 of 6 of the singles matches won and only 2 of 3 doubles.
Micah Hermsdorf matched with Monika Kochanova 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. Mongin defeated Mariana Sonnervig 6-3, 6-1, and Jamie Lee Denton went up against Fernada Amaral 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.
M. Hermsdorf and Hannah Kelley along with duo Brittney Reed and Mongin served up a 8-5 in their doubles matches.
Despite the women’s team missing superstar senior, Julia Mongin due to injury, they were able to finish the season strong, adding two wins to their streak making it a total of nine games in a row.
“It was hard [for the whole team] without Julia,” sister Laura Mongin said. “But we [managed] to play good matches.”
Overall the team dominated this season going 21-5 with an undefeated 5-0 in conference.
The men’s team has faced a lot this season, and is still growing together. They were 12-14 overall and 1-2 in conference.
Both teams will be heading to the Lone Star Conference Championship in Southland this weekend to defend their conference titles.
“We played tougher matches this season,” Mongin said. “ We are more than ready for the conference championship.”
At the end of the battle for conference and division champs, both teams will have to say good-bye to seniors Alfredo Desiati, Tucker Mueck, Hannah Kelley, and sisters Laura and Julia Mongin.
“As a senior, I couldn’t have asked for a better last season,” Kelley said. “I think our team as a whole has matured through having to step up in various matches.”
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