Mesa tennis splits dual with Dallas Baptist
Nicole Lessley may not be the No. 1 player for Colorado Mesa University women’s tennis team, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t play an important role.
The senior won for the third time in her past four matches Tuesday afternoon in the Mavericks’ 7-2 loss to South Central Region foe Dallas Baptist University at the Elliott Tennis Center.
“In the past, our top was stronger,” Lessley said. “The bottom half (of the team) has come through lately, especially Emily (Dodson) at No. 5. We’re pulling some weight.”
Lessley (7-4) defeated Alexa Mentesana 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6 singles.
“I tried to play smart tennis and get the ball back in,” Lessley said.
Mesa No. 2 singles player Shannen McNamara pushed her match to a third set, but lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
The Patriots (9-4) won two of the three doubles matches and five singles matches.
Mesa’s No. 3 doubles team of Dodson and Katie Metz won 8-1.
“The No. 3 doubles team had a good win,” CMU coach Dan MacDonald said. “The No. 1 team had a good chance, but they didn’t execute their break point opportunities.”
The Mavericks (7-11) played their fifth dual in six days.
Colorado Mesa (8-7) rolled to a 9-0 victory over Dallas Baptist.
“We swept the doubles, which is always huge,” MacDonald said. “Everyone plays looser (in singles) when you do that.”
The No. 2 team of Andres Garcia-Rojas and Andres Hernandez and the No. 3 duo of Brason Hollabaugh and Trevor Brown each won 8-0.
Spencer Weinberg won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Garcia-Rojas and Taylor Macres only gave up one game in their victories.
“We had better execution on the big points,” MacDonald said. “We played defensive when we should.”
Dallas Baptist (3-11) forfeited at No. 1 and No. 6 singles with the team result decided.