Mesa State women’s tennis team fall short Sunday
It was an opportunity to see how the preseason RMAC favorites measured up against a top-25 program.
Although the Mesa State College women’s tennis team fell short Sunday in a 7-2 loss to No. 25 Cameron (Okla.) University at the Elliott Tennis Center, coach Dan MacDonald wasn’t overly disappointed.
“That’s a good, solid team,” he said. “I thought we competed well; the execution wasn’t there. The slow start in doubles hindered us the rest of the way.
“It was nice to see we kept fighting and competed hard. It was just lack of execution. A few points in doubles didn’t go our way.”
The more experienced Aggies (6-4) won the three doubles matches over Mesa State (9-2) to take a 3-0 lead and were able to survive four three-set singles matches for the victory.
“Mesa has a good team,” Cameron coach James Helvey said. “My main goal was to win the doubles. I felt like whoever could win the doubles would control the match and it proved that way.
If we hadn’t won all the doubles, it would’ve gotten close quick. Mesa has strong singles.”
The Mavericks’ No. 3 doubles team of Renee Demianeu and Mandie Divino went to a tiebreaker with Carolina Mullor and Heather Doslich, but lost 9-8 (7-3).
“We dug a hole and couldn’t get a point in doubles and that killed us,” MacDonald said. “If we could’ve won at least one point it might’ve been a totally different situation. We looked flat. I don’t know why. It didn’t seem like we were reacting really well.”
Despite dropping all three doubles matches, the Mavericks pushed Cameron into the third set in four of the six singles matches.
Mesa freshman Kaitlan Sera didn’t need a third set, defeating Mullor 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.
“Kaitlan has a big, strong topspin forehand and she dictates play with her forehand very well,” MacDonald said. “She plays good, solid court position the whole match. She knows when to pick her spots, when to go for the right shot, when to play defense and doesn’t force things.”
Divino rode the momentum of winning a second set tiebreaker to defeat Doslich 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), (10-5) at No. 6 singles.
“I thought Mandie showed good patience,” MacDonald said. “She likes to play people that hit the ball hard and that girl definitely was a savvy player and mixed things up. Mandie has come a long ways. She doesn’t over-hit too soon in the point. The beginning of the year, she over-hit too early in the point. She’s cleaned that up really well. She’s an offensive minded player, but she needs to pick her spots better and she’s doing that.”