Colorado Mesa women’s tennis team falls in RMAC semifinals
The Colorado Mesa University women’s tennis team will have to hope it did enough this season to earn another NCAA Division II tournament bid.
Western New Mexico defeated the Mavericks 5-3 in the RMAC semifinals on Friday at Gates Tennis Center in Denver. The RMAC tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Central Region tournament.
Mesa (17-9) was ranked second in the latest NCAA Central Region poll.
The Mustangs won three singles matches to clinch the victory after picking up two of the three doubles matches.
Mesa’s Kaitlan Sera and Kristyn Wykert won their singles matches. Wykert and Skyler Nelson won at No. 3 doubles.
Mesa (17-9) easily swept the three doubles matches, needing only two singles victories to defeat Montana State-Billings 5-0 in the first round.
The Mavericks did it without Kelleen Sera, who did not play.
The Mesa men defeated Colorado Christian 6-0 in the RMAC tournament in Denver and will play for fifth place today against CSU-Pueblo.
The Mavericks (9-16) swept the three doubles matches and won three singles matches when the dual victory became official.
Jordan Lyden, Andres Hernandez and Jonathan Casson won singles matches.
Mesa lost 5-2 in the first round to Montana State-Billings, likely ending the Mavs’ hopes for an NCAA tournament bid.
The Yellow Jackets won two of the three doubles matches, including an 8-6 victory at No. 1. Hernandez won 6-0, 4-0 at No. 3 singles.