DENVER (April 11, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's tennis team split a pair of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matches Sunday in Denver. The ThunderWolves lost to Metro State University of Denver before sweeping Colorado Christian University. The Pack women's team dropped both league contests.
The men's team lost 7-2 to MSU Denver before posting the 9-0 win against CCU. With one league match remaining, the ThunderWolves are in third with a 2-3 record.
Sophomore Dante Alcala (Pueblo, Colo.) went 4-0 on the day, as he partnered with James Ryan (Jr., London, England) to get a pair of doubles wins. The combo defeated the Roadrunners at No. 2 by the score of 8-4 and then needed extra tennis to win against CCU, 9-7 (10-2 tiebreak). Playing at No. 6 singles against MSU Denver, Alcala won 6-2, 6-2 and then moved up to No. 5 singles against the Cougars to win 6-0 before his opponent retired.
In the win against Colorado Christian, the Pack didn't allow any of the singles matches to go to a third set. Ryan won at No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-2 to finish 3-1 on the day. At No. 2, freshman Rafael Abreu (San Paulo, Brasil) got the win 6-3, 6-4. Junior Steven Alcala (Pueblo, Colo.) won at No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-2. At No. 4, junior David Mould (Upminster Essex, United Kingdom) won 6-2, 6-2 and at No. 6, Marcelo Rodriguez (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) was victorious 6-4, 6-4.
At No. 1 singles, Nick Wade (Fr., Upminster Essex, United Kingdom) and Mould paired up for an 8-4 win and S. Alcala and Rodriguez won 8-1 at the No. 3 spot.
The Pack women lost 8-1 to MSU Denver and dropped a 6-3 decision to CCU. They are 0-5 in RMAC play with one match remaining.
The No. 3 doubles pair of juniors Samantha Cachutt (Caracas, Miranda) and Kristin Jensen (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won both matches Sunday. They posted a 10-9 (11-9) nail-bitter victory against the Roadrunners and then used extra tennis against against the Cougars to win 9-7 (10-5).
At No. 2 singles against Colorado Christian, junior Acacia Dettman (Perris, Calif.) won 6-2, 6-2 and No. 5 singles Sarah Megilligan (Fr., Pueblo West, Colo.) won 6-1, 6-1.
Both teams wrap up the regular season this week when they host Colorado College April 13 at 5 p.m. at Pueblo City Park. The final tune-up for the April 21-22 RMAC Tournament will be at Colorado Mesa University April 15 at 9 a.m.
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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.