The DU men’s tennis team practices on their home courts on the Pioneer campus. Photo courtesy of DU men’s tennis

This past weekend held very important contests for the men’s and women’s tennis programs at DU. Heading into this weekend’s matches, the women’s tennis team was ranked No. 43 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and the men’s team was ranked No. 52.

On Saturday April 23, the women’s team traveled to Vermillion, South Dakota to compete against the University of South Dakota Coyotes. Sophomore Julia O’Loughlin (Highland Beach, Florida), sophomore Gracia Mboko (Burlington, Ontario), freshman Bianca Mok (Boise, Idaho) and junior Maureen Slattery (Newport News, Virginia) won their singles matches to earn the team a 4-2 record in singles play.

The team did not lose a doubles match, earning a record of 2-0 in doubles play. The doubles match played by the team of O’Loughlin and Slattery was not finished and therefore, not counted in the match scoring. Both doubles teams, including Mok and junior Morgan Barnhill (Austin, Texas), as well as Mboko and senior Charlotte Derbyshire (Stockton, England), won their matches with scores of 6-1 and 6-3, respectively.

The men’s team traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to compete against the University of New Mexico Lobos. The men also finished with a 4-2 record in singles play and a 2-0 record in doubles play.

Senior Henry Craig (Murrieta, California), junior Alex Gasson (Alton, United Kingdom), junior Yannik James (St. Georges, Grenada) and sophomore Wyatt Lovera (Miami, Florida) tallied the four singles wins for the Pioneers. Craig and Gasson and James and sophomore Jesse Ruder-Hook (Denver) won their doubles matches.

Craig and Gasson won with a score of 6-2. James and Ruder-Hook won their match 6-3. The doubles match played by Lovera and junior Diogo Rocha (Lisbon, Portugal) was not completed.

Next weekend, April 28 through May 1, both teams will travel to Omaha, Nebraska for the Summit League Championship tournaments.