STEPHENVILLE – It appears nothing can slow down the Tarleton tennis team.
Now at 11-3 on the year, the Texans are going for recent program history in their return home to the Potishman-Lard Tennis Courts on Tuesday at 10 a.m. against Pacific.
With a win, the Texans will have their best start through 15 matches in a season in at least the last 15 years, currently tied with the 2013-14 Tarleton team through 14 matches at 11-3. Also, in the event they sweep a team for the seventh time this season, they’ll have three straight sweeps, which would also be a first over at least the past 15 years.
Tuesday should be no pushover though, with a strong Tigers team coming into Stephenville for the matchup. Pacific is 6-2 away from home this season (6-4 overall), winning two straight, 5-2 at New Mexico State and 6-1 at UTEP.
The Tigers are members of the West Coast Conference, 0-1 in conference play with their lone match lost against Santa Clara.
No matter who Tarleton trots out on the court against Pacific, they’ll expect to be up to the task, with seven of eight Texans owning winning records in singles, and four with 3+ match winning streaks.
The longest winning streak is held by Celia Vaudiau, who has won an incredible 12 straight matches to improve to 12-1 on the season. She is the reigning Western Athletic Conference Singles Athlete of the Week. Jemi Aguilar has the next best streak, riding an active five-match run to improve to 6-4, all in the No. 2 flight. Martha Makantasi has won four straight to get to 11-3, while Elsa Boisson sits at 10-3 with a three-match winning streak.
In doubles, the Texans have switched up the teams over their past two matches, pairing Deniza Marcinkevica and Makantasi at No. 1, Aguilar and Boisson at No. 2, and Vaudiau and Anna Davidson at No. 3. No pairing has lost a match since the switch was made by head coach Elianne Douglas-Miron.
This is Tarleton’s first home match since Feb. 20 vs. UTRGV. They’re 4-0 on the Potishman-Lard tennis Courts this season, with three 7-0 sweeps over UTRGV, UTPB and Southwestern, plus a 5-2 win over Montana State. Combine those, and Tarleton has beaten their four home opponents 26-2.