ARKANSAS CITY — Bethany College’s high-quality men's tennis team was a 7-2 winner Monday over junior college power Cowley County.
The victory was special for two Swedes in particular. Manuel Raga and Edgardo Tapia both went to school and played at Cowley before coming to Bethany.
Raga won his No. 3 singles, 6-2 and 6-1, Tapia won his No. 2 singles match, 6-3 and 7-5, and they partnered to win the No. 2 doubles, 8-6.
"It was great for former Cowley Tigers Raga and Tapia to go back and win at No. 2 and No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles against their old school," said Bethany coach Vic Bateman said.
Mensford Owusu also won his No. 4 singles match. After dropping the first 6-1, he rallied to win 6-3 and 10-4 in a tiebreaker. Owusu teamed up with Aaron Moses Jr. to win the No. 3 doubles, 8-4. Michiel Van Den Bogaert won his No. 5 singles, 6-1, 6-1. Amir Rahbar rounded out the day picking up a No. 6 singles win. His scores were 7-5 and 6-1
Bethany won the match primarily because of its depth. The Tigers won the No. 1 singles and doubles matches, but the Swedes came back to win the other seven matches.
"Our men played well today and showed we are a tough match up for any team with our depth," Bateman said. "Manuel stayed undefeated on the season in both singles and doubles. Van den Bogaert, Owusu, Rahbar and Moses also played well and picked up wins for the Swedes."
The Swedes will be in action Thursday as they travel to Denver, Colo., to take on Colorado State University, Pueblo and Metropolitan State College of Denver.