Weinberg’s 3-setter clinches CMU’s victory over No. 16 Aggies
The final match on the court decided it.
With the men’s dual tennis match Monday in Lawton, Okla., between Colorado Mesa and No. 16 Cameron University tied at 5-5, all eyes were on the No. 2 singles match between CMU’s Spencer Weinberg and Dennis Merdan.
Weinberg dropped the first set 6-0, but rallied to take the second 7-5. The sophomore from Grand Junction clinched the team dual with a 6-2 win in the final set.
After Jordan Lyden and Weinberg won their No. 1 doubles match and Andres Garcia-Rojas and Trevor Brown won at No. 3 doubles, Lyden and Garcia-Rojas won at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively.
Lyden was leading Rory de Boer 5-1 at No. 1 singles when de Boer defaulted.
Garcia-Rojas claimed a 6-2, 6-0 win over Felipe Oyarzun at No. 3. Cameron won at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles in straight sets.
The women’s team lost 7-2 to Cameron. Natalie Martin and Katie Kirby teamed up for a 9-7 win at No. 3 doubles, and Kirby outlasted Antonia Moberg 5-7, 6-0, 10-4 at No. 6 singles.
The Mavericks started their spring break trip off with a 19-1 victory over Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
Fifteen different players scored for Colorado Mesa (3-3), with Kacie Jay, Ashley Eickhoff, Rachael Sutton and Rachel Lyall scoring two each.
Kayla Lyall scored less than three minutes into the game, starting a 14-goal first-half barrage by the Mavericks. Just more than one minute after the opening goal, Eickhoff scored. Mesa led 8-0 midway through the first half and was never challenged by Linfield (0-9).
The Mavericks scored two more early goals in the second half before Linfield got on the board, and Mesa added three goals after that.
The offense took 32 shots, and Mesa’s defense allowed only six. With the lopsided score, the Mavericks got three goalies some playing time. Lauren Wells got the decision, playing most of the first half. Kady Herzog and Jillian Pfeifer each made one save in relief.
Sara Swaney of Colorado Mesa shot a 4-over-par 76 and is sixth after the first round of the Otter Invitational in Monterey, Calif.
The Mavericks are eighth as a team at 325. Cal State Monterey Bay leads the field at 308, with Melissa Conroy and Audra Kepler tied for the lead at 1-under 71.
Loren Forney is tied for 27th for the Mavericks at 82, Taylor Walters shot an 83 and is tied for 32nd, Rachel Cavalier is tied for 39th at 84 and Zoe Woodworth is tied for 52nd after a first-round 86.