PUEBLO, Colo. (April 20, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women's tennis programs will compete at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament April 21-22 at the Regency Athletic Complex in Denver. Both teams enter as the No. 3 seeds and will face No. 2 seed Colorado Mesa University Saturday in the semifinals.
The men's team will play at 1 p.m., followed by the women's semifinal match at 4 p.m. A win advances the teams to Sunday's finals which will be played at 9 a.m. for the men and 12 p.m. for the women, while a loss closes the 2017-18 season. The tournament is hosted by Metro State University of Denver, which is the No. 1 seed for both the men and women. No. 4 seed Colorado Christian University is playing its final matches, as both programs will be discontinued after this season.
The men's program went 3-3 in RMAC play this season and split the season series with the Mavericks, who also went 3-3, but earned the No. 2 seed with a tiebreaker. The Pack won 5-4 at home against CMU, then fell by a 6-3 result in Grand Junction, Colorado just a week ago. The ThunderWolves finished the regular season 11-14 overall.
Thomas Pudney (Southend, United Kingdom) was named RMAC Freshman of the Year earlier this week and ranks No. 21 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll, released April 18. He was All-RMAC First Team to lead a group of five total players to gather an all-conference honor. He was also All-RMAC First Team Doubles with junior Ogulcan Deniz (Istanbul, Turkey). Deniz and junior James Ryan (London, England) gathered All-RMAC Second Team honors for their singles play. Finally, senior David Mould (Upminster Essex, United Kingdom) and freshman Cade Boedeker (North Richland Hills, Texas) were honored as All-RMAC Second Team Doubles.
The women's program went 2-4 in RMAC play and will play a Mavericks squad that was 3-2 in league matches. The ThunderWolves went 0-2 against CMU this season, as they lost 6-3 at home March 24 and 8-1 on the road April 14. CSU-Pueblo finished with a 4-20 overall record.
Junior Nia Matthews (Houston, Texas) earned All-RMAC First Team Singles honors Tuesday, as a total of five ThunderWolves were recognized. Matthews also joined freshman Kali Hamilton Grapevine, Texas) as All-RMAC Second Team Doubles. Hamilton earned her own award as a member of the second team for singles. Gathering All-RMAC Honorable Mention Singles awards were seniors Samantha Cachutt (Caracas, Venezuela) and Kristin Jensen(Colorado Springs, Colo.). Jensen and sophomore Sarah Megilligan (Pueblo West, Colo.) were tabbed honorable mention doubles.
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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.