Abilene Christian routs two in opener
Mongin sisters lead way as Wildcats drop only one set all day
ABILENE, Texas -- No. 6 Abilene Christian throttled both NCAA Division I Prairie View A&M and first-year program Texas A&M-Kingsville by scores of 7-0 and 9-0 on Saturday at the Teague Events Center.
The Wildcats were only lost one set to the Panthers, and only one point to the Javelinas. Each of the doubles teams won 8-0 against their Lone Star Conference rival and every Wildcat except third-ranked Julia Mongin, playing at No. 1 singles, allowed only a zero on the scoreboard. Mongin won 6-0 in her first set against Kingsville's Danielle Moore, and then 6-1 in the second.
Mongin's twin sister, Laura, was the only Wildcat to drop a set all day, falling 6-3 in the first frame at No. 3 singles to the Panthers' Lerato Ndlovu. Mongin rebounded in winning the next two sets 6-2, 6-0.
In singles play, Emily Conrad, Felicity Delgado, Micah Hermsdorf, Brittany Reed and Madelyn Walker all started their seasons 2-0. Laura Mongin only played singles against Prairie View, and then Julia replaced her on the lineup against the Javelinas.
ACU's coaches -- John Walker and Juan Nunez -- mixed up the doubles pairings in each match. Against the Panthers, they went with Julia Mongin and Reed at No. 1, where they won 8-2, and followed with Hermsdorf and Walker at No. 2 (W, 8-2) and Conrad and Delgado at No. 3 (W, 8-3). Against the Javelinas they paired together Laura Mongin and Hermsdorf, Reed and Conrad and Walker and Delgado in three more wins.