Make some room Roadrunners, there is a tie for first atop the RMAC standings.

The Colorado Mesa University men’s tennis won a close match, 5-4, against Metro State University Roadrunners on Saturday. The win avenged an earlier 5-4 loss which occurred in Grand Junction on March 3.

After the no. 1 doubles team loss, the no. 2 doubles team of Oliver Lindqvist and William Agritelley narrowly won their match, 9-7. Then the no. 3 doubles Lucas Martin and Alain De La Bastide also won a close match, 8-6.

In the singles matches, no. 3 Nicholas Farmen won the first set 6-4. After a back and forth second set, Farmen pulled away in the end and won 7-6.

At no. 4 singles Lucas Martin had an easier match as he won 6-4, 6-3. At no. 5 singles Oliver secured the win for the Mavs as he won the first set, 6-3, and then cruised through the second set, 6-1.

Before Saturday’s match, the men’s team played against the Colorado Christian University Cougars on Thursday and then the Colorado State University-Pueblo Thunderwolves on Friday.

The team’s only loss against the Cougars came in the doubles match as the team had a 2-1 lead. At no. 1 singles Cody Freischlag needed three sets to win.

After narrowingly winning the first set, 7-5, Freischlag dropped the second set, 6-1. However, he found his stroke in the third set and he won, 6-2.

Max Lindqvist easily won his match at no. 2 singles as he won 6-3, 6-0, while at no. 3 singles Martin did not lose a game when he won both sets, 6-0, 6-0.

Oliver, De La Bastide and Daniel Ness each won at no. 4, 6-0, 6-1, no. 5, 6-2, 6-2, and no. 6 6-1, 6-1. CMU won the match 8-1.

Against the Thunderwolves, the Mavs won all three doubles matches. In the no. 1 singles match Freischlag won the first set, 6-1, but lost the second set 6-3. And like against the Cougars on Thursday, Freischlag pulled away with a victory by winning the third set, 6-2.

Then at no. 3 singles Farmen won both sets, 6-4, 6-4. And finally Martin and Oliver won at no. 4, 6-3, 6-1, and no. 5 6-1, 7-5, respectively. CMU defeated Pueblo, 7-2.

While the men’s team won all three matches, the women’s team won two matches, but lost the final match on Saturday. The team first played against the Cougars.

Katie and Kristen Kirby won 8-3 at no. 1 doubles, while Emily Beckley and Taylor Hershey won 8-2 at no 2 doubles. Beckley then won at no. 2 singles, 6-1, 7-5.

After losing the first set, 6-4, Hershey won the next two sets, 6-4, 6-0, at no. 4 singles. At no. 5 singles, Nicole KItsuse won 6-3, 6-1 and at no. 6 singles Georgia Hansen won 6-4, 7-6. CMU won the match 6-3.

The team then traveled to Pueblo, where they won 9-0. Kirsten dropped the first set, 6-4, at no. 1 singles, However, she won the next two sets, 6-1, 6-3.

Beckley also needed three sets to win at no. 2 singles. She won the match, 6-7, 6-3, 10-3. Kristen won at no. 3 singles 6-3, 6-4.

Hershey and Kitsuse won at no. 4 and no. 5 by identical scores 6-2, 6-2. Then Hansen won at no. 6 by winning both sets, 6-3.

On Saturday, CMU played against Metro State, where the team lost, 7-2. Katie and Kristen won a close match, 9-8, at no. 1 singles. While the only other win for the Mavs was no. 2 doubles, where Kitsuse and Hansen won 8-3.

The men’s team is now 12-11 on the year, while the women’s team is now 9-11. CMU will next host the Thunderwolves on Saturday, April 15.


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