HASTINGS, Neb. — McPherson College’s men’s tennis team gritted out an ugly match Sunday to come home with a 6-3 dual win over Hastings College.
In doubles, the Broncos definitely had homecourt advantage as the first two matches were close. Both at No. 1 and No. 2, each team kept pace with each other until late in the match. The Bulldogs struck first with their top duo finally getting the break they needed at 6-5 and cruised from that point to an 8-6 victory to give McPherson the early 1-0 lead. At No. 2, the Bulldogs also got a break at 5-4, but unfortunately gave it right back; the duo of Jordan Stewart and Allen Darmawan forced a tie-breaker but unlucky points did not land their way and the Broncos were able to shut out the pair to tie-the score at 1-1. At the No. 3 doubles it was all Broncos as they were able to use big serves and home court advantage, earning an 8-2 win over the Bulldogs and going into singles play with a 2-1.
In singles, the Bulldogs were able to play smart and steady to outmatch the Broncos. Freshman Joan-Marc Fajula Rodriguez gave the Bulldogs the tying point with his quick work against his opponent winning 6-1, 6-2. Hastings was able to take the lead once more as Darmawan fell to his opponent, 7-5, 6-3. It was all Bulldogs after that though as senior Sean De Young and junior Jaime Roman stayed solid to capture their singles matches in straight sets. Junior Michael Irwin gave the Bulldogs the deciding point with is 6-3, 6-3 victory at the No. 6 singles position.
"Although the conditions were not ideal I think this was a good win for us to get under our belts," Mac coach Jeff Benito said. "It was tough to get proper footing on their courts and sometimes the bounce was uneven but our players handled it pretty well. You've got to learn how to win the ugly matches and that's what we did today."
Next up for the Bulldogs is a full weekend next week with Emporia State on Saturday and Barton County on Sunday. Both matches are to be played at Genesis Healthclub in Salina.
Final Score: McPherson College 6, Hastings College 3
1) Rafael Bulnes (Mac) def. McKay Inman (HC) 6-4, 7-6 (2)
2) Joan-Marc Fajula Rodriguez (Mac) def. Seton Bachle (HC) 6-1, 6-2
3) Joe Ritzdorf (HC) def. Allen Darmawan (Mac) 6-3, 6-4
4) Sean De Young (Mac) def. Mark Gueswell (HC) 6-3, 6-4
5) Jaime Roman (Mac) def. Kolby Mathery (HC) 6-4, 6-2
6) Michael Irwin (Mac) def. Leland Dexter (HC) 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 2, 3, 4, 6*, 5, 1
1) Bulnes/Fajula Rodriguez (Mac) def. Inman/Bachle (HC) 8-6
2) Ritzdorf/Gueswell (HC) def. Stewart/Darmawan (Mac) 9-8(0)
3) Mathery/Sandwich (HC) def. Roman/Schafer (Mac) 8-2
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3