TOPEKA — McPherson College’s tennis teams need to adopt “Sweet Home Alabama” as their theme song.
The women are heading to Mobile, Ala., for the fourth year in a row for the NAIA National Championships, while the men will be making a third straight appearance after both won the KCAC Postseason Tournament on Saturday.
The Mac men, ranked No. 21 in the country, turned back arch-rival Bethany College 5-1, while the 23rd-ranked women blitzed Southwestern, 5-0.
The Mac men led 2-1 after doubles, but won the first three singles matches that were finished, at which time the match was over.
The Mac women went 3-0 in doubles, then won the first two singles matches to end their day in the minimum amount of time.
"I couldn't be more proud of both teams," Mac first-year head coach Dustin Wheeler said. "They work extremely hard on and off the court and they do it as a team. I grew up in a small family and a small town. Being able to coach these great kids from all over the world is a blessing and I'll always be thankful for this opportunity."
The national tournament is May 16-20.
• MEN •
• Doubles •
1. Joan-Marc Fajula/Hector Carrillo (M) def. Juan Mateus/Alvaro Rengifo (B) 8-4
2. Ahmed Lahlou/Nicolas Wahl (M) def. Edward Sengai/Conrad Mascarenhas (B) 8-2
3. Aaron Moses/Teodor Antelj (B) def. Timo Hoelzmann/J.Alejandro Jimenez (M) 8-2
1. Joan-Marc Fajula (M) def. Juan Mateus (B) 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-1
2. #29 Ahmed Lahlou (M) def. Teodor Antelj (B) 6-1, 6-1
3. #46 Hector Carrillo (M) def. Aaron Moses (B) 6-4, 6-3
4. Edward Sengai (B) vs. J.Alejandro Jimenez (M) 3-6, 3-1, unfinished
5. Alvaro Rengifo (B) vs. Nicolas Wahl (M) 2-6, 2-2, unfinished
6. Conrad Mascarenhas (B) vs. Timo Hoelzmann (M) unfinished
• WOMEN •
• Doubles •
1. Brittany Zipf/Besa Bwalya (M) def. Sydney Shields/Olivia Medaris (S) 8-6
2. Lea Striegel/Zoe Bouwmeester (M) def. Morgan Hughes/Anna Mankoski (S) 8-5
3. Deiah Curtis/Madison Hoffman (M) def. Savannah Caro/Sadie Pfau (S) 8-3
• Singles •
1. Brittany Zipf (M) def. Morgan Hughes (S) 6-0, 6-1
2. Besa Bwalya (M) def. Olivia Medaris (S) 6-1, 6-3
3. Lea Striegel (M) vs. Anna Mankoski (S) 0-6, 3-4, unfinished
4. Zoe Bouwmeester (M) vs. Abbi Groff (S) unfinished
5. Madison Hoffman (M) vs. Jerlecia Thompson (S) unfinished
6. Deiah Curtis (MCPH) vs. Taylor Crawford (SWC) unfinished