Third-ranked Abilene Christian starts season with pair of big wins
ABILENE, Texas -- No. 3 Abilene Christian posted a pair of lopsided wins on Saturday at the Eager Tennis Pavilion, defeating South Central Region foe Oklahoma Christian 8-1 and Division III No. 15 Trinity (Texas) 9-0.
The doubleheader sweep improved ACU's season record to 4-1. OCU fell to 2-1 with the loss, while Trinity dropped to 1-2.
The Wildcats won all six doubles matches while using six different combinations, and captured all but one of the 12 singles matches as 20th-ranked Barbora Bozkova of OCU defeated No. 5 Julia Mongin at No. 1.
Mongin defeated Bozkova during last fall's USTA/ITA regional tournament, but could not do so again on Saturday. Mongin lost the first set 6-1, but then recorded a strong comeback effort in the second set, as she rallied all the way back to tie the score at five and six after being down 5-1. Mongin went on to win the set 7-6 (4), but lost the supertiebreaker 10-5.
Mongin, however, defeated Bozkova and Angie Torres earlier at No. 1 doubles with partner Brittney Reed 8-5 to complete the first of two ACU doubles sweeps. Also beating the Eagles in doubles were the 14th-ranked all-American team of Micah Hermsdorf and Hannah Kelley and the third-position combination of Kaysie Hermsdorf and Laura Mongin.
ACU doubles teams have so far combined for a 13-2 record (.867) through their five matches.
Even though Julia Mongin lost at No. 1, her teammates more than made for it as they went on to capture five consecutive set wins from the No. 2 to 6 positions. No. 32 Micah Hermsdorf made it a 4-0 game with her win at No. 2 against Gisela Castany 6-2, 6-0, and then Reed clinched it at No. 3 with her 6-3, 6-2 triumph against Maryfer Abreu Roman.
Laura Mongin, Nada Marjanovic and Hannah Kelley later defeated the Eagles at the No. 4, 5 and 6 positions, respectively.
The ACU coaching staff rested several starters versus Trinity, but the result was nearly indentical as the Wildcats posted their second 9-0 shutout of the season.
Laura Mongin won her first match of the year at No. 1, as did Reed at No. 2 and Kelley at No. 3. Kaysie Hermsdorf, Emily Conrad and Jamie Lee Denton all improved to 2-0 at the No. 4 to 6 positions.
Reed's and Hermsdorf's wins at 2 and 4 versus Trinity were complete-set shutouts.