McMurry tennis shattering records


ABILENE, Texas - The McMurry women's tennis team is on a record-breaking tear.

The War Hawks won their 12th straight match over the weekend, blowing past the old school-record of eight in-a-row.

McMurry is led by seniors Chloe Patterson and Gabby Camacho, a Cooper grad, who won their doubles match against Howard Payne on Saturday. It was the pair's eight consecutive victory.

What makes this stretch, which started in mid-February, more remarkable is that the War Hawks started the season with four straight losses, but have run off nothing but wins since.

"We knew that we could be a good team, and that we were a good team. We just had to find out strengths," said sophomore Sam Ritz, who has claimed 13 straight singles matches. "I guess those four losses made us stronger, I think, and made us gain our confidence a little bit."

Ritz and Patterson have each won the American Southwest Conference Player of the Week award -- Ritz two weeks ago, and Patterson this past week.

At the beginning of practice both the men's and women's teams went through work-out stations, such as the step ladder and jump rope, something head coach Mark Hathorn believes greatly helps his players.

"With my 4-foot-10 girls, we're not a team that can sit out there and hit a lot of winners, so we wear opponents down," said Hathorn, who is in his 16th year at McMurry.

McMurry is now 12-4 and has a match against Sul Ross on Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by a match in Abilene at Hardin-Simmons on Monday, April 10 at 2 p.m.

"They say it's hard to get to the top, but it's harder to stay there," sophomore Zayra Gomez said. "We're really looking forward to keeping up our streak and just roll with it."