by Colin DuRant
Cameron Aggies Tennis engaged in some home court action on the Friday of Homecoming weekend.
Both the men’s and women’s teams played their first home match of the spring season against the Cowley College Tigers of Mulvane, Kansas.
The men entered the spring season with a 0-2 start after taking two losses on the road against Collin College and University of Texas-Arlington. The Aggies were able to turn that streak around with a solid victory over the Tigers, defeating Cowley 7-2.
The doubles matches were a clean sweep for Cameron, as all three doubles pairs secured a victory.
First, CU’s No. 1 pair, Thomas Peixoto and Duje Janjic, defeated Cowley’s top doubles team of Zack Evenden and Jack Busby 8-6. Then, Nicolai Ferrigno and Mateus Campos defeated Nei Dos Santos and Manuel Raga at the No. 2 slot with a score of 8-4.
Jorge Gerosi and Gonzalo Garzon secured the doubles sweep at the No. 3 position, defeating Edgardo Tapia and John Ward 8-3.
Nicolai Ferrigno, freshman from Denmark, continued his impressive run with a three-set win over Tapia at the No. 3 singles position. Ferrigno dropped this first set 3-6 — only his second lost set this spring — but went on to win the second and third sets 6-1 and 6-4, respectively.
Head Coach James Helvey said he was pleased with Ferrigno’s performance so far.
“He’s got a really good game, a dynamic game,” Helvey said. “He’s been doing really well, especially as a freshman.”
Peixoto took a victory at the No. 1 singles slot, and Mateus Campos and Jorge Gerosi also secured wins at the No. 5 and No. 6 singles spots.
For their part, the Lady Aggies looked to continue their early success this spring. The women’s team took on Cowley after coming off of a 4-0 win over the Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm of Bethany, Oklahoma.
The women found themselves off to a rough start, dropping two of the three doubles matches.
Sara Londono and Florencia Tornero managed to secure a victory at the No. 2 position against Cowley’s Kirstin Richardson and Arianna Raga in an 8-5 set.
Antonia Moberg and Elvira Sholles struggled in an 8-4 defeat in the No. 3 slot.
Nationally ranked doubles team Julia Puckhaber and Amanda Moberg also lost a tight 9-7 match against Cowley’s No. 1 doubles pair, Diana Davitaia and Zsofia Biro.
The Lady Aggies really turned it around in singles action however, losing only one of the six matches and securing an overall victory of 6-3. Amanda Moberg, junior from Sweden, defeated Zsofia Biro in a quick two sets 6-1, 6-0. Sara Londono, Elvira Sholles, Florencia Tornero and Antonia Moberg also came up with wins for Cameron, with none of those matches requiring a third set for victory.
Coach Helvey expressed satisfaction with his team’s performance in the matches.
“It was fantastic. They’ve got a really good team,” he said. “Both teams had a good task in front of them to step up and play and they did that.”
Junior Amanda Moberg felt good about her team’s performance as well.
“I think we all had some pretty good matches so we’re going into this weekend with more confidence,” she said.
Overall, the matches constituted a nice homecoming weekend for Cameron Aggie Tennis and prepared them for continuing spring action.