Mac women, Bethany men take KCAC tennis titles

By Steve Sell
April 24, 2016
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Intra-county rivals McPherson College and Bethany College met here Saturday to determine the KCAC tennis champion in both divisions.

Both schools were able to say they were No. 1 during the day.

The Mac women captured their third straight KCAC title as they won 5-0, a match shortened once they had clinched it. Mac finished KCAC play with an 8-0 record.

Bethany had only five players, which gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead before they ever took the court. 

Mac secured the title when Nikki Thornburg triumphed at No. 4 singles.

“I was very pleased with how we played today," Mac coach Justin Stuckey said. "We were able to send our seniors out on a good note by winning the regular season. We are eager to get to work on Monday preparing for the conference tournament."

The top four teams advanced to the conference event, with Mac playing Kansas Wesleyan on Friday.

• Results •

• Singles •

1. Nikki Vorhees (M) vs. Kittey Edwards (B) unfinished

2. Lea Striegel (M) vs. Amelia Fabrizius (B) unfinished

3. Zoe Bouwmeester (M) vs. Jackie Bradshaw (B) unfinished 

4. Nikki Thornburg (M) def. Chelsea Bothwell (B) 6-1, 6-0

5. Deiah Curtis (M) vs. Annie Halterman (B) unfinished

6. Nadine Baquiran (M) won by default

• Doubles •

1. Zoe Bouwmeester/Lea Striegel (M) def. Kittey Edwards/Amelia Fabrizius (B) 8-1

2. Nikki Vorhees/Deiah Curtis (M) def. Jackie Bradshaw/Chelsea Bothwell (B) 8-0 

3. Nikki Thornburg/Nadine Baquiran (M) won by default

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs’ men’s jinx against Bethany remained as the Swedes rallied for a 5-4 victory for their 13th straight KCAC title and left the Bulldogs in second place again as both teams had entered Saturday undefeated in KCAC play at 7-0.

The Bulldogs had a 4-3 lead, but couldn’t earn the final point for the championship. Guillermo Caro tied the match for Bethany with a win at No. 6 singles, then Aaron Moses Jr. won a three-setter at No. 5 singles to deal the Bulldogs a devastating loss.

“McPherson is a very solid, nationally ranked team from top to bottom. We prepared for a dogfight and that's exactly what they gave us," Bethany coach Tony Swiantek said. “Aaron and Bruno (Campos) got us our only doubles point, which proved to be the difference. Manny (Raga) and Juan (Mateus) continued to carry the singles flag for us notching victories at the one and two spot. Conrad (Mascarenhas) played a top-shelf match, but just fell short at No. 3. Caro was coming back from injury but found his form just in time to seal up a point for us at the six spot. With the match knotted up at 4-4, the last point came down to Aaron at five singles. He showed his quality in the third set and sealed the deal for us with some great all-court tennis in some tough windy conditions. I'm very proud of these guys and we have to rest up and recover quickly because chances are we will see these tough Bulldogs again in about a week."

•Results •

• Singles •

1. Manuel Raga (B) def. JM Fajula Rodriguez (M) 6-4, 6-2

2. Juan Mateus (B) def. Ahmed Lahlou (M) 7-6, 2-6, 6-2

3. Hector Carrillo (M) def. Conrad Mascarenhas (B) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

4. Hugo Ball-Greene (M) def. Bruno Campos (B) 6-1, 6-1

5. Aaron Moses, Jr. (B) def. Juan Jimenez (M) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

6. Guillermo Caro (B) def. Timo Hoelzmann (M) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

• Doubles •

1. JM Fajula Rodriguez/Hector Carrillo (M) def. Manuel Raga/Juan Mateus (B) 9-7

2. Bruno Campos/Aaron Moses, Jr. (B) def. Timo Hoelzmann/Kurt Burton (M) 8-4

3. Ahmed Lahlou/Hugo Ball-Greene (M) def. Conrad Mascarenhas/Guillermo Caro (B) 8-1