WICHITA — McPherson College’s men’s tennis team started its spring season in strong fashion on Sunday with a narrow 5-4 victory over NCAA Division II and highly rated Newman University.
The Bulldogs went 2-1 in doubles and later had a 4-1 lead before the Jets came back with a pair of singles wins to close within 4-3. Hugo Ball-Greene then clinched the match for Mac at No. 4 singles.
The Bulldogs are the KCAC preseason favorite and have been ranked in the national poll after making a trip to the NAIA Tournament last year.
Mac is off until March 4 when it plays Cardinal Stritch University in Kansas City, a neutral site.
• Singles •
1. Eduardo Santos (NU) def. Joan-Marc Fajula Rodriguez (Mac) 6-4, 7-5
2. Ahmed Lahlou (Mac) def. Max Pyle (NU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Daniel Smith (NU) def. Hector Carrillo Perales (Mac) 3-6, 8-7, 6-3
4. Hugo Ball-Greene (Mac) def. Ajani King (NU) 6-7, 6-1, 6-1
5. Kevin Clack (NU) def. Juan Alejandro Jimenez (Mac) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
6. Leandro Neix (Mac) def. Andre Ebinal (NU) 6-4, 6-2
• Doubles •
1. Fajula Rodriguez/ Carrillo Perales (Mac) def. Santos/Pyle (NU) 9-7
2. Coiras/King (NU) def. Leandro/Ball-Greene (Mac) 8-3
3. Burton/Lahou (Mac) def. Ebinal/Clack (NU) 8-5