Pack Tennis fall season recap; Pudney runner-up at ITA's, ranks No. 35 nationally

Pack Tennis fall season recap; Pudney runner-up at ITA's, ranks No. 35 nationally

PUEBLO, Colo. (December 19, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo tennis teams completed its fall seasons last month and will break for the holidays before returning to the court in January. Newcomer Thomas Pudney (Fr., Southend, United Kingdom) highlighted the fall with a runner-up finish at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) South Central Regional. 

"I wasn't really sure what to expect going into it," Pudney said about the ITA's. "I was quite disappointed to not get through the final, but it was a great achievement."

With his performance at the regional and all fall he earned the No. 2 regional ranking and No. 35 national ranking in the first edition of the ITA Division II Singles Rankings. Pudney finished the fall dual season with a 5-1 record at No. 1 singles and 4-4 at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. 

As a team, the men finished 6-3, which included a big nonconference win (5-4) against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Metro State University of Denver. The Pack went 3-2 at their home tournament to open the fall season. Senior Steven Alcala (Pueblo, Colo.) was a perfect 6-0 in those matches, which included a 4-0 record at No. 3 doubles with freshman Cade Boedeker (Keller, Texas). 

The women's team went 0-7 to start the year, but had their best performances at the end. The ThunderWolves fell 5-4 to Dixie State University in the start of October and lost 5-2 against Colorado College. Freshman Kali Hamilton (Grapevine, Texas) finished the fall dual season with a 2-5 record at singles, playing at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. She was 3-4 in doubles play. Sophomore Acacia Dettman (Perris, Calif.) capped the fall season with a 4-3 record in doubles, as she played with four different teammates in all three spots.

Hamilton captured three victories in the home tournament with one at No. 3 singles and two doubles victories at the No. 1 spot. She partnered with junior Nia Matthews (Houston, Texas) for one of those doubles wins and Dettman for the other.

Both teams resume play Jan. 20 at University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado.

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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