The Colorado Mesa University men’s and women’s tennis team came out swinging against Colorado College Tigers on Thursday. Both teams won with a score of 9-0.
“We are really happy,” head coach Daniel MacDonald said. “Everyone played up to their potential and it was a great team win.”
On the women’s side, both doubles team won easily. Kristen and Katie Kirby won at no. 1 doubles, 8-2. While no. 2 doubles teammates, Taylor Hershey and Emily Beckley won 8-1.
In the single matches, Kristen only dropped three games through two sets as she won 6-2, 6-1. However, her sister Katie had a harder time in her match, but she ended up winning 7-5, 6-2. And Beckley won her singles match, 6-3, 6-1.
The men’s side was also too much for the Tigers. Cody Freischlag and Nick Farmen won, 8-4, at no. 1 doubles. And Oliver Lindqvist and Will Agritelley won at no. 2 doubles, 8-2.
At no. 1 singles, Max Lindqvist won both sets 6-2. At no. 2 singles Freischlag swept the first set 6-0 and won the second set, 6-3.
“The things that we are learning from practice are showing up in the match play,” MacDonald said. “Everybody is on the same page.”
After winning against the Tigers, the men’s and women’s team traveled Colorado Springs. The women’s team played against the Air Force Academy Falcons on Friday. While winning in lopsided fashion the match before, the Mavs were on the losing end of a lopsided match, 7-0.
In the doubles matches, no. 1 doubles teammates Nicole Kitsuse and Georgia Hansen managed to win one game, but they fell, 6-1. At no. 2 doubles Hershey and Beckley were swept, 6-0.
At no. 1 singles, Kristen’s first set was close, but she ended losing the set, 7-6. She won only one more game in the next set and lost 6-1. Beckley dropped the first set 6-4 at no. 2 singles and also won one game in the second set as she lost 6-1.
While the women’s team lost on Friday, the men’s team won against the Sonoma State Seawolves, 8-1.
In the singles matches, Freischlag, Max and Oliver needed three sets to win at no. 1, no. 2 and no. 5 respectively. Freischlag won the first set, 6-3, but dropped the second set, 4-6. After a back and forth third set, Freischlag put away his Seawolves opponent, 11-9.
Max dropped the first set 2-6, but responded in the second set by easily winning, 6-1. In the third set, Max won 10-6.
In Oliver’s match, he won a close first set, 7-6, but he lost the next set 4-6. And like his brother, Oliver won the final set 10-6.
Farmen won 7-5, 6-3 at no. 3 and Alain De La Bastide won 6-3, 6-0 at no. 6.
CMU also won their three doubles matches. Freischlag and Farmen won 8-3 at no. 1, Oliver and William Agritelley won 8-2 at no. 2 and Lucas Martin and De La Bastide won 8-6 at no. 3.
The men’s team then played against St. Mary’s Rattlers on Saturday, where the team lost, 5-1. The lone win came from Oliver and Agritelley at no. doubles as they won 8-5.
Martin and De La Bastide lost a close match, 9-7, at no. 3 doubles. Max lost 6-4, 6-3 at no. 1 singles and Farmen lost 6-4, 7-5 at no 3 singles.
The men’s team record is now 8-11, while the women’s team record is 7-10.
Both teams are on the road as they play against Colorado State University-Pueblo at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 7.