McPherson College’s tennis teams took advantage of spring break to travel throughout Missouri to play both NCAA and NAIA schools with strong programs as they prepare for the opening soon of KCAC play.
The Mac men were 2-2, knocking off NAIA schools Graceland (6-3) and Missouri Valley (7-2). The win over Missouri Valley was exceptional as it was ranked No. 25 in the country. Timo Holezmann was a standout as he won his first two matches as a Bulldog at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles, respectively.
The Bulldogs lost decisions to NCAA Division II Rockhurst (6-3) and NCAA Division II University of Missouri-Kansas City (7-0).
The Bulldogs are scheduled to host Emporia State University today at noon at the Doris Coppock Courts.
The Mac women also were 2-2 for the week. They lost their opener 8-1 to Rockhurst, with Zoe Bouwmeester picking up the point.
Mac then knocked off Graceland 7-2 behind the play of Lea Striegel and Deiah Curtis, as they were both 2-0.
The Bulldogs were blanked by UMKC 9-0, then finished the trip on a high with a 5-4 win over Missouri Valley. Curtis’ win at No. 5 singles clinched the victory.
Mac goes to Baker on March 30 for a makeup match.