The Arkansas Tech Golden Suns tennis team defended their home courts this past week as they took on Harding University and Henderson State University. The team swept the competition in an effort to get ready for the Great American Conference Women’s Tennis Championship that starts at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, in Bentonville.
On April 12 the team won in a close match against Harding University. The Golden Suns took a 2-1 lead after winning doubles as they headed into their singles matches. Teresa Sanchez won the first singles match despite her loss of the first set, 6-0. Annabel Rowlands and Kami Ward also secured a court victory during singles which put the team in the winning position for the match.
The teams second victory last week was against Henderson State University on Saturday, April 14. The team swept the doubles matches by winning all three courts. This gave the team a 3-0 lead going into the singles matches. Henderson State got on the board as they took the victory on the first two singles courts. But later, Teresa Sanchez and Kami Ward answered the Henderson team by sweeping their competition away, while Anabel Rowlands and Katie Harris battled it out on their courts to win in a third-set. This put the team in the winning position with a final score of 7-2.
The Golden Suns will now compete in the Great American Conference Championships seeded at No. 3. As the team gets ready for conference, Abby Davis, head coach of the Golden Suns tennis team, said, “we are feeling good and we are excited to go. We have pretty high expectations and we believe we will make it pretty far.”
The team is also ready for a great conference and excited to represent the university.
“We are excited to get the opportunity to go play,” said Kami Ward, bio-medical major from Hot Springs, and student athletic for the tennis team. “This team has worked really hard together and we have a lot of depth together.”
The conference will start Thursday, April 19 and the finals will be held on Saturday, April 21, in Bentonville.