by Colin DuRant
As the spring season begins to draw to a close, Cameron Aggie Tennis remains in full swing as the women played six matches the week of April 6 and the men played two with both teams concluding against Midwestern State in Wichita Falls, Texas.
The women managed to pick up five wins and the men went one for two on the week.
The women began their run of matches here at Cameron at the Streich-Henry Tennis Complex against St. Mary’s University on April 6. Improving on an 8-1 victory over the Rattlers earlier in the season, the women swept the San Antonio team 9-0.
Julia Puckhaber and Antonia Moberg shutout their opponents 8-0 at the No. 3 doubles spot and the women’s singles collectively failed to drop a single set.
The women took on Tarleton State later that day in a conference match that they won 7-2. The Aggies went up 2-1 against the TexAnns in doubles play to secure the early lead.
Cameron locked in the victory in singles play with Amanda Moberg, Sara Londono, Elvira Sholles, Florencia Tornero and Antonia Moberg all earning singles wins at the No. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 spots respectively.
The next day the women broke their streak falling 4-5 to the Oklahoma Christian Eagles at home. Only Puckhaber and Sholles obtained a doubles win at the No. 2 position defeating Gariela Carrillo and Marta Contel Miranzo 8-2.
In singles play, Puckhaber managed a 6-0, 6-4 win at the No. 2 position and Sholles also defeated her opponent 6-1, 6-3 and No. 4. All other Cameron women fell though allowing the Eagles to pick up the win.
After a few days break, the women picked up the racquets again on April 10 against the Dallas Baptist University Patriots at home with a 7-2 win.
The women began the match with a 3-0 lead in doubles with the No. 1 pair of Amanda Moberg and Sara Londono winning 8-5, the No. 2 pair of Puckhaber and Sholles winning 8-3 and the No. 3 pair of Florencia Tornero and Antonia Moberg winning 8-5.
In singles play, only No. 1 and No. 6 fell with all other Lady Aggies securing wins allowing the team to achieve the victory.
On April 11, the Lady Aggies traveled to Wichita Falls to take on conference opponent Midwestern State where the women picked up an 8-1 win.
The women went up 2-1 in doubles play earning victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 position. Cameron would go on to sweep singles play to lock in the triumph.
Coach James Helvey said he felt like all of the women having been performing well, but he highlighted Antonia Moberg as a stand-out.
“She has really stepped-up,” Helvey said. “She’s really turned her game around and has been going in the right direction. She’s playing fantastic doubles.”
As of press time, the women will have taken on Arkansas- Fort Smith at home on April 13, hoping to bring their 21-3 record to 22-3 before Lone Star Conference tournament seedings are released on April 16.
The men came off a longer break than the women coming into the Dallas Baptist University match at home on April 10, after not playing since March 29. The men made the most of the homecoming match against the Patriots with a 9-0 sweep.
In doubles play, the Aggies took an early lead with the No. 1 pair of Thomas Peixoto and Nicolai Ferrigno, the No. 2 pair of Mateus Campos and Gonzalo Garzon and the No. 3 pair of Duje Janjic and Dean Wiegelt all winning with scores of 8-3, 8-3 and 8-1 respectively.
The success continued into singles play as the men winning without dropping a single set and Campos and Gerosi achieving 6-0, 6-0 victories the No. 5 and 6 positions.
The men traveled to Wichita Falls to take on Midwestern State in a match Coach Helvey didn’t take lightly.
“They were a really strong rival for many years,” Helvey said. “We’ve taken care of business with them for the past five years, but Midwestern’s got a really good team.”
The Mustangs showed their mettle against the Aggies and managed to narrowly defeat Cameron in a 5-4 decision. The Aggie men went down 1-2 after doubles play with only the No. 1 team of Peixoto and Ferrigno winning 8-3.
Peixoto, Ferrigno and Gerosi also managed singles wins, but losses at the No. 2, 5 and 6 positions allowed Midwestern State to pick up the victory.
The loss brings the men’s record to 15-8, but the Aggies will take on Arkansas-Fort Smith at home on April 13 to conclude their regular season.