PUEBLO, Colo. (March 13, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's and women tennis programs opened Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play Saturday with a pair of home matches against Metro State University of Denver and Colorado Christian University. The Pack men earned their first league win by defeating CCU 9-0.
The ThunderWolves men (5-8, 1-1 RMAC) fell to MSU Denver 9-0 before the sweep of the Cougars. James Ryan (Jr., London, England) recorded an 8-4 victory with No. 2 doubles partner Dante Alcala (So., Pueblo, Colo.) before notching a win at No. 1 singles (6-4, 6-3). D. Alcala won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6 singles.
At No. 1 doubles, David Mould (Jr., Upminster Essex, United Kingdom) and Nick Wade (Fr., Upminster Essex, United Kingdom) dispatched of their CCU opponent by the score of 8-2. Wade followed with a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles, while Mould won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 singles.
Steven Alcala (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) and Marcelo Rodriguez (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) partnered at No. 3 singles and won 8-1. S. Alcala won 6-1 in straight sets at No. 4 singles. Rafael Abreu (Fr., San Paulo, Brazil) capped the wins with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 3 singles.
The Pack women (3-8, 0-2 RMAC) also lost 9-0 to the Roadrunners, then recorded a 6-3 setback to CCU. CSU-Pueblo then hosted University North Dakota by the score of 8-1 Monday.
Sarah Megilligan (Fr., Pueblo West, Colo.) posted two victories against CCU with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 win at No. 6 singles and paired with Acacia Dettman (Jr., Paris, Calif.) at No. 3 double to win 8-3.
Samantha Cachutt (Jr., Caracas, Miranda) picked up a win at No. 5 singles, 6-1, 6-2. Cachutt and No. 2 doubles partner Kristin Jensen (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) forced extra tennis, but fell 9-7.
Cachutt finished 2-4 on the week, as she posted the lone win against the Fighting Hawks, 6-4, 6-4.
Next for both Pack programs is a match at Seward Junior College, March 24. The women will battle Air Force Academy March 31.
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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.