Sickness and injuries hamper Pack tennis in Oklahoma

Sickness and injuries hamper Pack tennis in Oklahoma

LAWTON, Okla. (March 3, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo tennis teams struggled to overcome sickness and injuries, as both the men's and women's programs went 0-3 on a trip to Lawton, Oklahoma March 2-3.

Friday, the men's team suffered losses to host Cameron University by the score of 7-2 and No. 23 St. Mary's University (Texas) 9-0. The two wins against CU came at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Senior David Mould (Upminster Essex, United Kingdom) won at the five spot in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. At No. 6, senior Steven Alcala (Pueblo, Colo.) needed extra tennis to find a win, as he won 6-2, lost 7-6 (5), then won the third set tiebreak 11-9. 

Saturday, the Pack lost 5-1 to Southeastern Oklahoma University. The No. 1 doubles team of Mould and No. 35 Thomas Pudney (Southend, United Kingdom) won 8-7 (5). 

For the women, CSU-Pueblo lost 9-0 to Cameron Friday, then had the tall task to playing No. 19 Tarleton State University. The ThunderWolves found two victories at doubles against the TexAnns in a 7-2 loss. At No. 2 doubles, Nia Matthews (Jr., Houston, Texas) and Kali Hamilton (Fr., Grapevine, Texas) combined for a 9-8 victory where they won the final tiebreak 9-7. The No. 3 doubles pair of Sarah Megilligan (So., Pueblo West, Colo.) and Kristin Jensen (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) won 8-5. In a Saturday afternoon 5-1 loss to Southeastern Oklahoma, the team of Megilligan and Jensen won again at No. 3 by the same 8-5 score.

Both teams host the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener March 9 at Pueblo City Park beginning at 9 a.m. The teams will host Colorado Christian University. Also next weekend, both squads host Colorado College March 10 at 10 a.m. and continue with RMAC play against Metro State University of Denver March 12 at 10 a.m. Those matches are also scheduled to be played at Pueblo City Park.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.