The ACU men’s and women’s tennis teams recorded opposite results last weekend. The men lost their first regional match of the spring, suffering a 7-0 defeat to the Mustangs of Southern Methodist University. While the men struggled, the women dominated, defeating both Texas Permian-Basin and Trinity with 7-0 scores.
The loss leaves the men with a 4-5 record and the women’s win bumped them to 4-1.
“We feel good about the way we are competing and take only confidence away from the loss,” said Jason Proctor, sophomore ACU tennis player from Tulsa, Okla. “ We have a short memory when we lose and we come back even tougher.”
The men will have the weekend off which will be a time of rest and recovery at this point in the season.
Assistant coach John Walker thinks the dominating win for the women will help them improve.
“Our matches against Trinity and UTPB allowed the women to stay sharp and work on some things that will make a difference down the road against our conference opponents,” Walker said. “We continue to look for any and every opportunity to improve.”
Domination is an understatement for the women who did not allow Permian-Basin to win a game in 10 of the 15 matches. Micah Hermsdorf and her younger sister Kaysie shut out the Falcons No. 1 doubles, improving to 7-2 on the year.
In the matches against Trinity in the afternoon, the girls won five of six matches in straight sets with shut-outs pitched by junior Brittney Reed and senior Emily Conrad. At No. 3 singles, Erin Walker lost her first set, then rallied back to win the next two sets of the match.
The women finished with 12 singles wins over the weekend, improving to 26-18 (.591) on the season with sophomore Nada Marjanovic leading the way with six wins. The doubles improved to 18-9 (.667).
The women return to the court next weekend against the University of New Mexico in Abilene.
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