No. 5 Abilene Christian edges ninth-ranked West Florida 5-4 in top-10 battle
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Even without the services of top-ranked player Julia Mongin, No. 5 Abilene Christian (21-5) edged ninth-ranked West Florida 5-4 during the second day of a weekend road trip to the gulf coast on Saturday.
Mongin was slowed by an injury shortly after ACU's win against Cameron last week, but head coach Hutton Jones expects she'll be rested and ready in time for the Lone Star Conference Championships and NCAA regionals.
“This was an impressive win for the girl's team without Julia,” he said, “but I knew we were capable of doing so whether she played or not. Everyone stepped up and we got some big three-set wins from Micah [Hermsdorf] at No. 1 and Jamie Lee [Denton] at No. 6.”
Hermsdorf -- the 32nd ranked singles player in Division II -- won her first match of the season at No. 1, in holding off 27th-ranked Monika Kochanova 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 and at No. 1 doubles with partner Hannah Kelley, they beat Kochanova and Giovana Patitucci 8-5.
Laura Mongin, meanwhile, replaced her twin sister at No. 2 doubles with Brittney Reed and they also won 8-5 against Luiza and Mariana Sonnervig. Mongin went on to defeat Sonnervig at No. 4 singles 6-3, 6-1 for her 15th win of the season, tying her for the team lead with freshman Kaysie Hermsdorf.
Denton's win at No. 6 kept her record perfect at 9-0 as she came back from a set down to beat Fernanda Amaral 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.